Long hair can be prone to tangling, especially at night, and waking up to tangled knotty hair is frustrating and time consuming to fix. The best solution is to take a little time to ensure your hair doesn’t tangle in your sleep. Check out out tips on How To Keep Long Hair From Tangling At Night!
Why does hair tangle?
There are a few reasons why your hair may tangle. Hair texture, frequency of brushing, exposure to wind, as well as the healthiness of the hair can all contribute to hair tangling.
Your hair is more likely to tangle if:
- It is long and fine.
- It is super thick and curly.
- You don’t brush your hair throughout the day.
- It is very dry and damaged.
- You sleep with your hair down.
Keep your hair moisturized
Healthy, well-moisturized hair is less likely to tangle than dry hair with split ends. Make sure you regularly trim split ends and use a conditioner to keep your hair in good condition.
Friction between your hair and the pillow can cause tangles while you sleep when the cotton fibers rub against the hair. To prevent this, switch to using satin pillowcases as these are smooth and slippery, preventing the hair from catching and tangling. If satin pillowcases are too expensive, you could try places a satin nightgown or slip over the pillow instead.
Prepare your hair for bed
Loose hair is more prone to becoming tangled as it is more likely to rub against the pillow or your nightclothes. A good way to minimize this is to braid your hair before bed. Brush your hair and divide it into three sections. Braid the hair bypassing the left-hand section over the middle, followed by the right-hand section over the new middle section. Proceed in this way, alternately passing the left and right sections over the middle one until you reach the end of the hair. Finally, fasten the end with a hairband.
It can be a little tricky to braid your own hair at first, but with some practice, it will become easier. Since the braid is only for wearing whilst sleeping, there is no need to ensure that it looks neat and tidy. A rough, uneven braid will still do the job of minimizing tangles during your sleep.
Keep your hair contained and tangle-free at night in a bun
If you find braids too difficult or uncomfortable, a good alternative way to keep your hair contained and tangle-free at night is a bun. Buns are less secure than braids and, therefore, less good at minimizing tangles, but are still better than leaving your hair loose. Simply pull your hair back into a ponytail and secure it with a hairband. Twist the hair around the base of the ponytail and secure it with another hairband or a scrunchie.
As with the braid, neatness is not important as the hairstyle will only be worn in bed. It is also important to make sure you remove all hair clips and barrettes before bed and use tangle friendly hair bands like scrunchies rather than elastic bands.
These solutions on How To Keep Long Hair From Tangling during the night will avoid the need for time-consuming detangling in the mornings. Try them yourself and see the difference in your hair!
Thanks for the great ideas as I age my hair gets drier and tangles easier. Hopefully these will help.
Now I know why I have short hair. I don’t have patience for the time your hair needs.
Since I have switched to satin pillowcases my hair is so much better, and I also use a wet brush for the first brushing so there is no pulling or tugging
Once we discovered that a loose braid was the best for my son’s very long hair he doesn’t complain about the brushing before bed anymore!
This has been an issue from way back for me. I usually keep my hair braided at night. Thanks for sharing,