When you apply shampoo to hair in the shower, you normally lather it onto the hair and scalp. This ensures that any dirt, dead skin cells, and other residues are washed off in the process. But sometimes, you can get overwhelmed with the shampooing process that you end up vigorously lathering the hair strands to the point that they are all knotted up in each other. The end result? A giant mess of knotted and tangled hair that is difficult to sort! In some cases, you can break a few hair strands in the process of trying to de-tangle them.
But it should not be a picture of disaster every single time you step out of the shower. We have strategies that you can use to make washing hair easier, and definitely sorting hair out post-shower even more convenient for you.
Comb Hair Before Shampooing
Rubbing onto the hair during shampoo is one of the most unnecessary habits in the shower that must be avoided. It promotes tangling and knotting of the strands that is difficult to sort out later. Avoid dealing with this unnecessary problem by combing your hair before you apply shampoo. And once you have shampoo on hair, gently massage it onto the root and scalp. The goal isn’t to mess up your hair but ensure that the scalp absorbs the nourishing formula from the shampoo.
Work with the Ends First
The ends are the most prone to tangling when you lather with shampoo in the shower. Hence, make sure you sort out the knots at the ends first before deciding to tackle the hair near the roots. When you comb the knotted hair, avoid applying too much force. Be as gentle as possible.
Dry Hair Before Combing
Dealing with wet hair makes it vulnerable to breakage or damage. Hence, do not tackle your hair right away upon stepping out of the shower. Wait for it to air dry before you start combing. You do not have to wait for it to completely dry – about 80% dry should be enough.
Use Special Hair Rinse
You can improve hair manageability by using hair rinses. A conditioning hair rinse can fill in gaps within your hair shaft to make it more pliable and smoother to the touch. Hence, your hair is less likely to resist any effort to style or comb it. Apply the rinse after you shampoo. However, make sure that you thoroughly rinse it with water. If you find preparing a conditioning rinse too tedious, you can use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair to make it easier to manage.
Invest in the Right Tools
A wide-tooth comb is recommended for sorting out hair post-shower. But there are several types of materials used for making a wide-tooth comb; hence, you need to find the right one to ensure that you don’t damage hair in the combing process. The best materials for wide tooth comb are those made with wood, plastic or rubber. These materials do not promote an electric charge when they come in contact with your hair, thus minimising the possibility of breakage.
How do you prevent tangling when you shampoo hair in the shower?