How to Prevent Tangles in Natural Hair

Curly, coily, and other textured hair types, are prone to tangles due to the tendency of the spiral shaped strands to loop around each other. In addition to, there are other hair care habits that can accelerate tangles that we may be unaware of. Tangles in your hair should be kept to a minimum. If not, the excess snags and snarls can lead to breakage and split ends down the line. Listed below are a few tips and tricks that can help you out when seeking how to prevent tangles in natural hair.

Here is how to prevent tangles in natural hair:

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Untrimmed dry and brittle ends can have an effect on the rest of your hair and can cause your strands to be more prone to tangles. When you go a while without a trim, your ends can turn into split ends and start to easily tangle around each other, often times creating single-strand knots. All in all, an effective way to prevent tangles in your natural hair is to get regular trims. This could be trimming your hair every three to four months or as needed. Trimming your hair regularly will help to keep your ends smooth and less prone to frizz and tangles.


Another potential and common culprit of tangles in natural hair is damage. Hair damage caused by heat, chemicals, or even daily wear and tear, can affect the appearance, strength, and overall manageability of your strands. Furthermore, excess tangles are often a result of damage done to the hair cuticle. When the hair cuticle is damaged and the protein bonds throughout your hair have been altered, the scales of the hair cuticle become left in a raised state.

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The hair cuticle being left in a raised state often creates the appearance of dull, frizzy hair, as moisture can easily escape. When your hair strands are frizzy and raised, they can easily loop around each other and in turn create tangles. To avoid this, it is important that you look out for any signs of damage in your hair and try to gradually repair it through trims and deep conditioning and / or protein treatments.

Click here to see 5 signs your natural hair may be damaged:


When seeking how to prevent tangles in natural hair, it helps to wash your hair in sections. Simply part your hair in two or four sections. Then twist / pin-up each section after you have finished washing each part. By doing so will help to lessen the possibility of your strands intertwining with each other. It will also help to keep your detangling process to a minimum and shorten the amount of time it takes you to style your hair.


The varying curls, coils, and kinks, throughout our natural hair are prone to looping around each other due to the spiral shape of the curl pattern. This intertwining of your strands can create tangles and fairy knots. To prevent tangles from forming throughout your hair, try to keep your hair stretched when possible. Stretching your hair helps to elongate your natural curl pattern and prevent your strands from latching onto one another. A few examples of stretched styles you can wear include twists, a heatless blowout, and braid-outs, to name a few.


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Sometimes, we create tangles ourselves through our regular hair care habits. Combing, brushing, styling, etc., can all lead to tangles if we do not proceed with care. Whether you are styling or detangling your hair, take your time and be gentle with your strands. Work in sections if you have to. Keep your hair pinned out the way to prevent other snags and snarls as well.

Excessive tangles are a possible sign your ends need to be trimmed. Click here to see a list of a few more signs its time for a trim in natural hair:

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