Knot Free  2.5.14

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from behind the chair is: “How do I get all the tangles out of my hair when I get out of the shower?”  When I ask my clients what they do, most of the time it seems like they are doing the right thing and then sometimes it sounds horrific.

For example:

Me: “How do you detangle your hair?”

Client: “I just grab my round brush and start at the top.”

Oh the horror! hahaha.

Well, there are a few things you can do. It starts with good products and a good brush. I personally, don’t like using detangling combs; I prefer detangling brushes, especially if you have thicker hair.

After you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair in the shower, (and please never use the 2 in 1 shampoos) towel dry your hair, never scrub your hair. Scrubbing your hair with the towel just creates more tangles, breakage and frizz. All you have to do is just gently pat and squeeze your hair dry.  Spraying a detangler always helps, I love Bumble and bumble’s Tonic Lotion, it smells like tea tree oil, and it soothes the scalp. If you don’t like a fragrance and want something lighter, Bumble and bumble’s Prep is awesome, too. They also work as a primer for the remaining products you use and will balance the pH on different parts of your hair, since your ends always tend to be drier and older than the rest of your hair.

Once you’ve applied your detangler, you need to pick up a good detangling brush and start brushing your hair from the bottom and work your way up. This way you aren’t ripping your hair out and damaging it. The hair is more elastic when wet so you need to be careful.

My two favorite detangling brushes are Mason Pearson’s Detangler (handy nylon) and The Wet Brush. Mason Pearson brushes are coveted brushes by hairstylists. They are the Rolls-Royce of hair brushes, and are handmade in London.

The brushes have a unique rubber cushion pad, which makes it easy to brush the hair efficiently and comfortably, while stimulating and massaging the scalp. The cellulose plastic handle that is hand polished, makes it extremely comfortable to hold and use for a long period of time.

The Detangler in particular only has their special nylon bristles. It is a luxurious, well made brush. It isn’t indestructible but with little care it will last you a lifetime. It is the type of beauty object that could be passed down.

Every time I use any of my Mason Pearson’s on my clients, they always stop and ask me, “that brush feels amazing, what is it?” Then they proceed to take it out of my hand and ooh and ahh about it. Seriously, I can’t blame them. They are awesome.

The Wet Brush is also amazing and more affordable.  It’s not as shnazzy as the Mason, and doesn’t have a cool history, but it is a good brush.  It has unique, strong, thin, and very flexible bristles. They’re flexibility adapts to the brush stroke, flexible on one brush stroke and firm on the next. Their exclusive poly tips (bristle tips) are “twice-dipped” and are guaranteed not to fall off.

I use both of these brushes, I do love the Mason more but the Wet Brush is pretty close. These particular brush models can be used on wet or dry hair. I wouldn’t recommend drying your hair with them. This Mason model runs around $100-$120 and they are hard to find. I’ve seen them carry Masons at Nordstrom’s and Neiman Marcus. I rarely see the detangler but you could ask your hairstylist to special order one for you. If they are a good stylist, they will know about this gem. The Wet Brush is under $20 and they sell them at a lot of places. They are definitely easier to find.

So, if it’s taking you thirty minutes to detangle your knots in the morning, you might want to look into these beauties. Keep in mind, brushing your hair is great for your scalp and moisturizes your ends with your scalp’s natural oils. Good brushes like these prevent hair loss, hair thinning and breakage, they are also great for people with sensitive scalps or that have extensions.

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