Getting Down to the Root of the Issue
I don’t know about you but I hate when my hair tangles! We love our hair extensions but they can become tangled, matted, and we don’t even know why.
Why is your hair weave tangled and matted in the first place?
There are numerous reasons why hair extensions can become tangled or matted. There is never just one cause for anything so let’s discuss it.
Here are some tips to help prevent tangling and the frustration it comes with.
Why Do Hair Extensions Tangle?
First and foremost, not taking proper care of your hair extensions will eventually cause them to tangle and mat up.
The sidekick to poor hair care is terrible hair quality. You cannot buy cheap hair and assume that you can get much wear out of it before it begins to tangle and eventually mat up.
It is best to focus on quality and you have to pay for quality. Poor quality hair can be overly processed which will cause it to become tangled and matted at the first touch of water, heat or even weather conditions. You probably never thought that weather conditions could affect your hair extensions.
Harsh weather and extreme weather conditions can change any human hair for the worst.
Invest in Your Hair Products
Alongside weather and poor hair care; hair products take a toll on hair extensions as well.
The proper hair products make all the difference in whether hair weave will mat up and tangle or be soft and manageable. Do your research and find out what products work best for which hair textures and stick to using those products.
If you love risking your hair’s quality with hair products, then expect the possible consequences of your sew-in tangling and matting up.
Other Causes of Tangling and Matting
Here are a few other things to keep in mind as to why your hair extensions may tangle or become matted:
The hair is super thick so it can be prone to tangling
#2 Hair Length
Longer hair is prone to tangling so cutting layers can help
The hair extensions are dry or damaged and can become brittle
Now that the blame game is over and you understand why your hair extensions are tangling let’s look for a solution. We will also discuss super easy ways to prevent tangling and matting.
How To Prevent Hair Tangling & Matting
Brush Your Hair
Yes, it’s just that simple! Brushing your hair can help prevent tangling so that your hair won’t become matted down the road.
Although brushing your hair extensions sounds foolproof, there is a correct way to brush your extensions. Always brush your extensions from the ends and upwards. This will help the hair strands from becoming split or breaking off as well as can help the shedding and the tangling.
Another key to brushing your extensions is to brush your hair while dry. When your hair extensions are wet, it is better to use a wide-toothed comb to comb from the bottom and on up.
Hair extensions tend to get tangled the most at the ends due to knots. These knots appear when the hair hasn’t been brushed or combed in several hours or days.
Sulfate-Free Hair Products
As mentioned before, the hair products you use rather good or bad quality can alter the hair.
Using hair products that contain sulfates can strip the extensions which cause them to become weaker as the product sits. Always use a good conditioner and shampoo combo when washing hair.
Also, use products that apply moisture and provide hydration to your hair extensions as dry hair can lead to tangles and eventually matting.
Using the right products can help keep your hair extensions soft and manageable.
Tie Your Hair Up at Night
If you do not tie your hair up at night, the extensions can rub against the pillowcase all night.
Hair rubbing against a pillowcase causes friction that can lead to frizziness that will become tangled hair by the time you wake up. Tying your hair up at night means nothing if you do not tie it up with a silk scarf or bonnet.
You can even get a satin or silk pillowcase if you notice that you always fall asleep without tying up your hair up. A silk scarf, bonnet or satin pillowcase cost less than ten dollars at your local beauty supply store or local drugstore.
Prevent tangling at all cost! Protecting your hair is important but its just as important at nighttime.
Detangle, Detangle, Detangle!
Detangling is your best friend!
I already mentioned to brush your hair extensions already, however brushing is different from detangling. Brushing is a proactive step to prevent tangling, but once your hair is tangled, you’ll need to detangle it.
Detangling is a prevention measure for hair extensions so that they won’t become matted. The best time to detangle (Check out this article: how to detangle matted weave) hair extensions is while wet but as mentioned before: use a comb when hair is wet.
You can also use your fingers as a tool to help get the tangles out so there is less tension and pulling while using a comb or brush. Ensure it is done thoroughly!
Tangles and Knots Be Gone!
Preventing your hair extensions from tangling and becoming matted is not rocket science.
All it takes is the proper care and attention. It also helps to use the appropriate products on your hair and tends to your extensions several times a day.
Don’t run for the hills at first sight of tangling or matting ladies; you have the power to turn an annoying situation around in your favor. Hopefully, these tips help you out. These tips are in no way the end all be all to this issue because tangling will happen one way or another.
Although some things with hair extensions are inevitable, that does not mean you cannot be proactive instead of reactive. You can apply all of these tips to prevent any extra shedding as well.
You’re welcome we just killed two birds with one stone!
Always be one step ahead of issues that why you will be prepared for when they happen. When you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready!