Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Bed Hair Not Bed Head

De-tangling Hair Tips

A confusing post title, I'll give you that but hear me out. I have super long hair, it has reached the point that it is probably far too long and most likely will be until after the festive period - I don't have the time nor gumption to book a hair appointment. Yes I do want to hack off a few inches but I really like having long hair but not so much the problems that come with it, one such being hair tangles and most pesky of all, those that happen while I'm fast asleep.

A few years ago to avoid waking to what could only be described as a mini bird's nest, I would pile up my hair on top of my head and secure with a few hair pins before calling it a night. Now this isn't an option as my hair is too weighty and doing so resulted in some breakage all along my hair line. As my hair grew longer, I decided that my best protective step of action would be to braid me hair; I experimented with one, big chunky plait and then pigtails. For a while it helped and also created fuss and heat free waves, then one day I noticed that such style had resulted in substantial breakage around the nape of my neck. Yes my hair may be free from knots but what good is that if I am continuously damaging it in the process?

I've switched to silk pillowcases and a long slung pony tail for the time being. The ponytail doesn't seem to be causing any tension nor wear and tear to my hair, well thus far anyway; I can also vouch that silk pillowcases are not only luxurious (I feel so fancy tucked up in my bed at night) but do seem to do a great job at preventing frizz. I am however on the lookout for other suggestions.

Do you have any tips on how to keep long hair relatively tangle free while you sleep that is gentle to the locks too? I'm at my wits end and will most likely try anything, and yes I promise that once the festive period is over, I'll drag myself along to my hairdresser and cut my hair from butt length to waist length.

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  1. Been hearing about the wet brush alot these days!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    1. It is a good product, in this instance it really is just used like a stock photo as I didn't really have anything to use for the post ha!

  2. I cannot find a way to prevent breakage :( I am suffering breakage at my name and all around my hairline at the moment. I end up putting my hair up in a pony tail and not brushing it so I don't damage it further but that's even worse! I'm going to give the silk pillow case a go and maybe try a supplement to strengthen my very long, thick but fine hair! Good luck on your quest will be following the comments with interest! xo

  3. A good hair mask and hair oil always does wonders for me!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

  4. I go to bed with a high pony, then take my bobble out when I lie down, so my hair falls behind my pillow and down onto the floor. Sounds wierd but ever since I started doing it my hair doesnt tangle and break, but its an odd way to sleep!

  5. To avoid breakage, I really have to baby my hair. I personally use a wide wooden brush, monthly protein treaments, coconut oil weekly treatments and drink lots of water. It help me a lot! This brush look very useful to add to my regimen xx

    Kat |

  6. Well I was having the same problem PLUS this really irritating issue where no matter how much I washed my hair, I kept getting this waxy build up in my hair. It wasn't product build-up because I have the most minimal of minimal hair routines. I literally wash it twice a week, brush it in the morning, and put some coconut oil on the ends to prevent frizz and dryness. Then, about a month ago, no matter how many times I ran a brush through my hair IT WOULD NOT UNTANGLE. It felt like someone was applying beeswax to my hair. Washing it didn't help and only made my hair oilier with all the shampooing.

    So last night I put my hair into a low ponytail, and gave my boyfriend the sharpest pair of scissors I could find, and told him to "chop chop!"

    It's insanely liberating, sit's just below my shoulders, and has a nice asymmetrical line from the back (shorter) to the front (longer). Then I washed my hair, and BAM, not more residue or weird waxy feel.

    Maybe your problem is similar to mine in that maybe you don't have the waxy feel, but your long hair could be so dead and broken that the strands keep entangling with each other because they aren't smooth and healthy? I vote cutting it all off, because it seriously helps so much, and if you do it yourself, then all you have to do is book a "touch-up" appointment, and it usually only take 30 mins tops and IS WAY CHEAPER!

  7. When I had longer hair I used to tie it into a loose braid, really loose so that it would not break. Hope that helps.

  8. I see that you tried braiding, have you tried FRENCH braiding though?? It worked REALLY well when I had butt-long hair, half natural, half blue. A thought :)

  9. Great!


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