How to Avoid Hair Tangling at the Nape of the Neck

Successfully preventing tangles keeps your hair soft, touchable and full of movement.

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It feels great to throw caution to the wind and let the convertible top down. It does not feel great to pull and pick at the resulting tangles at the nape of your neck and beyond. Whether your tangles are from a day at the beach, a ride on the back of a Harley or a heavy night of tossing and turning, knowing a few tricks to prevent them will go a long way toward the overall health of your tresses.

Tie It Up

Wind is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to outdoor activities and hair tangles. The easiest and most sensible solution is to pick up a package of tangle-free hair elastics at the drug store. Don't think a simple ponytail will do; those get tangled too. Your best bet is to tie up your hair in a bun at the nape of your neck. That way your locks stay out of your face, you can still wear a helmet if need be and when you take that elastic out you'll be looking at soft waves.

Dry It Right

A lot of women think that towel-drying means rubbing their scalp vigorously and then moving down the length of their hair in the same fashion. Nope. That's one way to get tangles and frizzies. When you get out of the shower, wrap your hair in a soft towel and gently squeeze out excess moisture. If you're using a blow dryer, running a wide-tooth comb through your locks at the same time will prevent tangles too.

Silk Sheets

Silk sheets aren't just for impressing your significant other. They help your hair out too. The truth is that tangled hair is damaged hair and the more you do to prevent tangles, the healthier your hair will be. Buy a set of silk sheets or just silk pillow cases. The ultra-smooth surface will let your hair slide easily while you snooze so it doesn't snag on itself or the fabric.

Detangle Advice

If your hair does get tangled, you should know at least one way to fix it. First, gently pull away as many loose hairs as you can from the main tangle. Then apply a liberal dose of detangling spray or conditioner to the nape of your neck and anywhere else you see tangles. Use a wide-tooth comb to separate more hair from the tangle until it's gone. If that doesn't work, you can always consider a chic bobbed haircut as a last resort.

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