There’s something about New York City that really messes with your hair… could it be the grit and grime of the streets and subway, scarves and hats that slowly mat every strand of your hair into unappealing dreadlocks, or the fact that our workout schedules and social lives force us to wash our hair every.single.day? Yeah, we’re opting for all of the above. Add in the stress of finding a hair salon that you can actually TRUST to not damage your hair even more, and you’re headed straight for a mane meltdown.
Luckily, last week I hopped over to the chic Ion Studio in Soho for some major hair recon – uhm my platinum was turning yellow. Gasp! Thankfully, colorist David Marshek swooped in to freshen me up. The whole experience at Ion Studio is wonderful – a relaxing, open white space paired with skilled and patient [rare in NYC] colorists and stylists who make you feel really comfortable whether you’re trying an exciting new shade or trimming up your blunt cut.
I have an extreme issue with tangly hair… it’s actually pretty comical. I’ve been known to spend 30 minutes combing my hair because the knots are so bad. Let’s be honest, I’m not about to give up my long, blonde hair, so a short cut or al natural color are out of the question. Because of this, I’ve had to get pretty crafty in discovering ways to limit the tangle, so I don’t spend half my life brushing my hair. I rounded up some tips below!
Buy a wet brush ASAP
This is quite easily the most life-changing item I’ve bought in a while (I am dead serious). Once you get out of the shower, all you have to do is towel dry your hair a little bit, and run the wet brush through your tangled locks – it instantly smooths out the knots without the pain of a wide-tooth comb. Bonus – you can also use it on dry hair, so no need in having two separate brushes!
Multi-task at the gym
If you’re like me, you like to knock out your workout first thing in the morning before the commitments of the day start to pile up. Ion Studio’s colorist David Marshek suggests doing some double duty at the gym by slapping on a deep conditioning treatment, and pulling your hair into a bun. The conditioner can work it’s magic during your sweat sesh, and no one will look twice at a wet bun at the gym.
Get the right products
It goes without saying that gals with tangley hair should be using a leave in conditioner. But, why not use one with some extra benefits? David Marshek suggests Oi All In One Milk because it has an excellent detangling power, but it also helps with things like heat protection and styling.
Braid your hair
Take advantage of the braid trend! Whether you’re running around town or sleeping, keeping your hair in a loose braid is a good way to prevent tangles from forming in the first place.
Don’t go to sleep with wet hair
Wet hair tangles much more easily than dry hair. If you go to bed with wet hair, all that tossing and turning can actually cause breakage which leads to unhealthy, tangly hair. Bonus tip – get a satin pillowcase – it’s good for your hair and also helps to prevent wrinkles!