BY LUSETA BEAUTY
WEAR A HAIR MASK
USE COLD WATER
Taking a shower with cold water is pretty unpleasant, as most of us know. However, there are a few serious benefits to turning down the faucet for the final few minutes of your shower. Taking a cold spritz after washing and conditioning will close your pores and let those follicles rest in place, creating a much less tangle-prone environment on your scalp.
USE A STRONG COMB
TURN DOWN THE HEAT
Your first impulse with the straightener or hair dryer might be to crank up the heat, but hold on for a second. Exposing your hair, especially still wet, just-showered hair to too much heat can be extremely damaging. Instead, turn the heat setting down on your tools and wait for your hair to dry about 80% of the way before styling. Your hair will thank you.
DON'T SLEEP WITH YOUR HAIR DOWN
It might seem basic, but sleeping with your hair down can actually lead to a ton of issues, including waking up with a full-on rat’s nest in the morning. If you’re used to spending a ton of time combing through stubborn knots and tangles, try sleeping with your hair in a contained bun or a loose updo to avoid getting your strands mixed up with each other after a night of tossing back and forth. You could also try “training” your hair to straighten out while you sleep by using a bonnet or by cutting a sleeve off of an old T-shirt to use as a sleeping cap.
Public opinion is always going back and forth when it comes to the benefits (or non-benefits) of brushing. However, when it comes to preventing tangling, one thing is certain: Brushing gently and consistently using a gentle tool like a soft brush or comb is a time-honored way of keeping your hair smooth, shiny, and tangle-free. If you’re spending a day in a particularly windy area, think about bringing your comb along and doing a bit of preventative free-combing in the off moments.
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