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Old 06-01-2007, 12:48 PM   #1
 
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Default What causes hair to get tangled up???

I am curious to find out if any of you know what are the causes for hair becoming tangled to the point of being a rat's nest (which would be my hair )? Oh and what are your successful tips at keeping your hair, relatively, tangle free. Thanks.
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Old 06-01-2007, 03:22 PM   #2
 
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I'm wondering too
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:16 PM   #3
 
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Friction -- against the pillow, being blown around by the wind, static from your clothes, hair ornaments, not detangling in the shower enough, sleeping...the list goes on...
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:36 PM   #4
 
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Ok, so on the tangle causing list so far we have:
Friction

Anybody else want to add anything else to this list? Thanks.
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Wind, fiddling, tossing head, kids messing with it, DH handling it, and don't forget good old fashioned headbanging!

The trouble is, as our hairs all tend to spiral around, theyre naturally inclined to tangle around each other, even when we don't mess about with it. I reckon the only answer is to sit stock still for our entire lives!
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Do you think that soaking your hair in the tub would help detangle it, because it floats and separates?
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Wind, fiddling, tossing head, kids messing with it, DH handling it, and don't forget good old fashioned headbanging!

The trouble is, as our hairs all tend to spiral around, theyre naturally inclined to tangle around each other, even when we don't mess about with it. I reckon the only answer is to sit stock still for our entire lives!
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Do you think that soaking your hair in the tub would help detangle it, because it floats and separates?
In theory that sounds like it might help but my hair is way too thick, long and soaks up water way too much for that.
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Do you think that soaking your hair in the tub would help detangle it, because it floats and separates?
I actually avoid doing that for fear of tangles. I don't know if it causes or helps with tangles though. My hair having that much free movement scares me.
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Old 06-02-2007, 11:06 AM   #10
 
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I love doing a "mermaid soak" but I don't think it does too much to detangle, but I don't get too many tangles afterwards either. Rinses your hair out really well for sure though. When my hair is damaged it tends to tangle the worst. As I grow out my colored parts I'm getting less and less snarls in my hair. I think that kinda goes with the friction bit though, damaged hair has a roughened cuticle, so more friction happens, the hairs catch on each other and end up all messy and knotted.
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Damage definitely causes tangles or makes 'em worse. The cuticle is more roughed up and dry so the hairs catch on each other much more easily and don't let go as easily. :P
I can tell when I'm overdue for a trim because my ends get really tangly. It happened faster and was much worse while I was growing all the color and heat damage off.
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Old 06-02-2007, 11:58 AM   #12
 
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I wonder if fine/thinner strands tangle more? My sister and I both have 3b/c hair but her individual strands are a lot thicker and mine are very fine and my hair tangles even if I look at it the wrong way whereas she doesn't seem to have as much trouble with that. I do find though that as my hair has gotten into better condition it does untangle a lot easier in the shower.
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:49 PM   #13
 
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I think I might be due for a cut but my hair has always been super tangly cut or no cut. Also, my strands are more medium than fine.

Does anybody know if protein can cause tangles?

I think when I was little it was because my Mom would wash my hair with really lathery poo ( I think she used Prell and Breck) and piled in on top. But also I have noticed that if I don't condition every day my hair turns into a rat's nest. I remember my Mom would do my sis and my hair's every other day and I would cringe because my hair would get soo tangly that, no lie, she would use a pencil to little by little remove the knots. It was sooo incredibly painful and I would cry because it hurt soo much. It took from start to finish about one hour.

I am wondering if you have curly hair you are just doomed to having to wet and condition every single day or the knots will just build up and get worse.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:18 PM   #14
 
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My hair immediately knots up if I wash out all the condish in the shower, so I have to leave some in. My hair seems to get more tangled if it is going through a dry stage. My hair may be dry because of protein, which means it could indirectly cause tangling. When I was little my mother brushed out my 3b hair every morning. It hurt so much, but my mom just kept on brushing, no matter how much I complained. She has less curly hair (3a-2c) and never understood... I always spend extra time detangling in the shower if I didn't wet my hair the day before.
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