How to get a clean Tangle Teezer easily

Clean Tangle Teezer, an easy way of cleaning your Tangle Teezer

A clean Tangle Teezer! Are you also one of those people who can appreciate that sight? If yes, you might also know that it can be quite some work to achieve that result.

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The dirty Tangle Teezer

As I told you in my post about my long hair care, the Tangle Teezer has been a part of my hair tools for a while. And it still is irreplaceable when it comes to detangling my mane quickly. But after using it just a few times, it quickly starts looking like this:

dirty tangle teezer - beforeImagine dramatic music here. Ew. I have all that stuff in my hair? Obviously, brushing your hair with THAT is anything else but tempting. But unless you only found a few stray hairs in it, cleaning the Tangle Teezer* is not necessarily straightforward. If you have thick hair like me, you do find those tiny little dust-packages in there as well. And those just don’t want to let go of their newfound home!

Cleaning the Tangle Teezer

Honestly, it tok me a while to come up with a good way of cleaning it. At some point I even considered just not using it anymore, because it felt like the Tangle Teezer would just make my hair dirty! But then I finally found the perfect way for me to

a) not spend too much time on cleaning it and

b) still achieve a very satisfying result

The process is so easy it’s almost laughable! All I use for cleaning the Tangle Teezer are a little laundry detergent, some water, a few minutes of patience and a dish brush.

Dish brush and detergent for a clean Tangle TeezerFirst I mix the detergent with some water and simply let the Tangle Teezer swim in that for a few minutes. Of course it is a good idea to remove the easily removable hair before! While the mixture does it’s work, I am free to do anything else. (Just not brush my hair with the Tangle Teezer, of course.) And it really just takes a few minutes, before you can simply brush off the rest of the gunk with your dish brush. Or an old toothbrush, really just any other brush that you can find. And that is it! Now you have:

A clean Tangle Teezer

clean tangle teezer - afterOf course I had to include a little before and after of the Tangle Teezer. Almost looks like you just bought it, doesn’t it? It is a good idea to let it dry for a little while, before using it again. Maybe it is just my specific model, but it does sometimes happen that water gets inside. In which case I just shake it a few times over the bathtub and the problem is solved.

So, let me know if this has helped you. Or if you have found an even easier way to clean your Tangle Teezer. (Is that even possible?) Either way, enjoy your clean Tangle Teezer!

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The top 5 long hair instagram feeds to follow

Example for a long hair Instagram pictureLong hair Instagram feeds are appealing to many people. And I totally get why, as long hair is a very visual topic. Naturally a lot of long haired beauties have taken their material to Instagram. It is the perfect platform to not only display artistic hairdos and regular measuring pictures. They also share hair care advice and connect with other rapunzels all over the world. For everyone looking for a little bit of inspiration I created a list of the top 5 long hair themed accounts to follow.

@longhairsociety

Basically the perfect place to start your exploration of long hair Instagram pictures from. This account collects theme related shots from all over Instagram. So you will definitely find the well-known long hairs. And also many users who might not have a purely long hair Instagram feed, but share the occasional long hair picture.

@haselnussblond

Not purely but mainly focused on long hair, sometimes also featuring recipes.  The interesting thing about this long hair Instagram account is how the owner deals with the topic of hair loss – not typical for the rapunzel show-off world. Obviiously it is definitely worth a look for everyone struggling with this.

 

@haartraum

First of all this account shows off the impressive knee long (yes, you read that right!) mane of the account owner. Additionally there are a lot of ideas and tips for hairdos. The feed is an extension of her website www.haartraumfrisuren.de, roughly translating to “dream hair styles”. No worries, most articles seem to have an english version as well.  Also, a lot of the tutorials seem youtube-based, so even if you don’t understand you can still see the how-to.

@silvousplaits_hairstyling

This feed is created by Shannon. Shannon not only has beautiful red hair, she also really knows how to work with it! From Vikings to Game of Thrones – if you are into recreating elaborate hairdos from your favourite show, Shannon will very likely have a how-to for it!

@ladyamalthea84

This blonde lady jokes about similarities to Rapunzel from Tangled. And scrolling through her feed you will see where she is coming from. Princesslike silky blonde hair and lots of nice braiding ideas.

 

Long hair care – the Lioness’s mane care

The topic of long hair care has fascinated me recently, so I now look more carefully at my own. By now I have collected quite a few tools used to detangle, comb, oil and clean my hair. So I want to share an excerpt of my “hair toolkit” and routines today.

Update: This post is 2 years old by now and by now quite a few things changed in my hair care. (Also my hair got much longer and healthier in the meantime.) If you are interested in how my long hair care changed, let me know in the comments!

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Detangling, brushing, “mechanical cleaning”

The Tangle Teezer

I´ve been reading about it many many times on the internet before I actually stumbled upon it randomly in a local drugstore one day and instantly bought it: the Tangle Teezer*. I have thick, curly and easily tangling hair, so I never enjoyed brushing. Even with the most careful approach I ended up getting stuck. I damaged my hair and had to brutally “unknot” it.
Now with the Tangle Teezer? Obviously it still takes some time and care to detangle. Nevertheless I manage so much easier and it is so so so much less painful! Sure, plastic is not the most hair friendly material. And yet no other brush has given me this comfortable way of ordering my curls so far. Normally I use it shortly before the next wash. As you might know, brushing destroys curls and leaves the hair fluffed up. So after brushing I have to braid or bun it up, no more loose flying mane!

The dust comb

A quite new, but already much appreciated tool in my long hair care tool collection is a Hercules Sagemann* dust comb. Believe it or not, your hair gets dusty, especially if you have thicker hair. Daily washing is not recommended and in my case also really not helping in letting the hair look better. (It’s soo dry!) So I am trying to make the interval between hair washes longer and longer. Nevertheless I want to clean my hair in between, just not with water, but mechanically.

 Here is where the dust comb* comes into play. It has very fine rows of teeth. Those help getting out dust, dandruff and everything else the hair might have collected. It also distributes the sebum along your hair. No, this is not disgusting! It is actually the perfect mix of oils etc for the dry lengths of the hair. Naturally, the comb is not able to brush my hair all by itself. I have to do a thorough session with the Tangle Teezer before. But after those two rounds of first detangling and then combing my hair feels awesome! Clean, sleek, silky. (Because I am naturally curly I will still look like an exploded pillow, but the feeling…!)

Long hair care: Putting the mane away

As I wrote earlier, I can only wear my hair open and flying shortly after washing and before brushing – not the longest period. So most of the time it is in a braid or a bun. For now I am very minimalistic with my accessories used for this: Every now and then a hair donut*, mostly just my invisibobbles*. Awesome fact about those phone cord like little things: With them you can easily pull off nice looking updos, no need for those pesky little bobby pins that you always(!) lose after a few uses.  Below is a Youtube tutorial from the official invisibobble channel in which the nice blonde lady makes a pretty braided updo with only one invisibobble! I´m sold.

Long hair care: The washing process

My hair is not only quite long by now, but also a very thick mop. This means washing is more than a 5 minute time investment. As a teenager, my locks went from frizzy but rather straight to kind of curly and unmaintainable. I was desperate! I tried every hair product I could find. Shampoos, conditioners, hairsprays, coloring experiments, you name it, I tried it. Little did I know that those products would only make the “inner” state of my hair worse, giving me more frizz, dryness etc in the long run.

In the last years I found more and more silicone free shampoos in drugstores. So I changed to using exclusively those for washing. At first, my mane seemed to become worse without the silicone film, but in the long run my hair got stronger and healthier. I achieved less split ends, more growth, more natural shine without using extra products. This also made the washing process very straightforward: Wet the hair, put shampoo in, let it air dry. Admittedly the last step can take up to a few hours.

Recently though I have been reading more about the whole hair topic again. And I found a new way of washing, maybe even better than just silicone free: Using Indian herbs! Yes, this sounds weird at first and it is a bit more complicated than the shampoo process, but you gain some big advantages with the herbal wash. First of all, they don’t contains tensides. This is not only better for your hair (less stress), it also means less ecological damage. Second of all, while they still have a cleaning effect due to the saponides they contain, they can also help with dandruff, eczemas and other scalp problems – all natural.

Washing my hair with Indian herbs

Some long hair care tools: khadi hair washing powders, macadamia hair oil, khadi hair oil, hercules sagemann dust comb,jaguar hair scissorsI have been using the powders from Khadi in my last few washes after buying some at a local wholefood shop. As recommended on many forums I got the herbal wash powder*, which is a mix of different herbs, Shikakai powder* and Amla powder*. I mix 2 spoons of the powder with boiling water to turn it into a thick, grainy paste which I then apply to the scalp and hair. With shower cap and towel wrapped around, I then let it soak for about half an hour. And then it’s time to wash it off. Because of the grainy consistency the washing out part can take quite some time till all the crumbs are out. A solution for this might be filtering the paste through a coffee filter before using it.

As I got different powders, I am still experimenting with the right mix and the best way of preparing it. Do I leave it overnight and then filter? Do I mix it and use it as soon as it cools enough? And how often do I need to wash like this? The results on my hair were really good from the first try though. So the testing process is more fun than obligation. My locks became really shiny, way sleeker and they feel stronger somehow, saturated. Maybe they are eating the herbal powder, I’m not sure.

Depending on which powder mix I use, my washing cycle hasn’t changed for now. After 3-5 days the tresses need a wash. Any washing is a mechanical strain tough. So my goal for the winter months is to get to only washing them once per week. After having tried a few herbal washes, I’m positive I will reach this goal. Without having to run around with a greasy head.

Long hair care: Hair care oil

 As I wrote earlier, I have a history with trying loooots of hair products to tame my wisps. But then I started going silicone free and wanted to stay as natural as possible in hair products. I went from using honey rinses over avocado puree and beer as a mousse to oils. The latter is what I am still using. No need for preparing an oil treatment, you just take the oil and gently massage it into scalp and hair. Also, if you look at the properties of many virgin oils, they are pure health for your hair.

While I have tried many hair oils my favorite at the moment is linseed oil. This is definitely dependent on hair type etc and will differ a lot from person to person. But for me this particular oil gives me the best results. It doesn’t leave my tresses stringy or dry. Instead I have very soft, silky and shiny hair after leaving the oil in for a few hours.

Other oils which are great for long hair care are macadamia oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, argan oil, pumpkin seed oil…just to name a few. If I have more time and feel like giving myself a treat, I also sometimes cook up my own mix. (In case you haven’t noticed, I am really into homemade beauty tips!) For my homemade hair care I experiment with different oils or adding shea or cocoa butter. I love experimenting with ingredients both for their properties and definitely also for their smell. There are just so many ways to create your own awesome homemade hair mask or homemade hair cream!

Long hair care: remove split ends

Once my whole head is all oiled up I either braid it or bun it up in order to no get everything oily or – when I have enough time and something nice to watch – I get out my Jaguar hair scissors. No matter how careful you treat your hair, you will always find some split ends somewhere. This means that cutting those out is an important part of long hair care. So whenever there is a possibility, I hunt for those and get rid of them.

 For this to actually make a difference for the better it is really important to use proper scissors! Do not use nail scissors and definitely not craft scissors. Buy special hair scissors* and have someone sharpen them regularly. Otherwise you achieve an effect opposite of the desired one: Instead of getting rid of split ends, you cause even more!

How do you manage your hair? Do you do something special? Or do you mostly just ignore it? Let me know in the comments!

Are you interested in hair care for growth? Or do you just need some tips to keep your long hair healthy? Here I am sharing my hair care routine, that I am using to grow my hair long in a healthy way. Read all about my long hair care now!Are you interested in hair care for growth? Or do you just need some tips to keep your long hair healthy? Here I am sharing my long hair care tips, that I am using to grow my hair long in a healthy way. Read all about my long hair care now!

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Headache long hair: How to deal with it

Headache long hairHeadache long hair or happiness long hair? If you have long hair, chances are you love it but at times also hate it. Specifically, you’ve probably had at least one case of a mean headache from how you styled your hair. Those headaches can become a serious problem and I have heard of several people, who cut off all their beautiful locks just to solve this.

Reasons for headache long hair

If it happens more regularly to you there are a few different possible reasons:

  • Either you are naturally more sensitive to headaches (not only from hairdos)
  • you have very heavy hair (very unlikely) or
  • you need to adjust the way you style your hair to prevent those pesky headaches

First of all you want to identify the source of the headache: Is your updo pulling on the root of the hair, this way giving you a fake facelift and causing pain? Does your neck have to do more work than usual, because your updo requires your neck muscles to balance the head in a way different from “normal”? Putting all the weight of your hair in a big bun that is not in the right position will increase your chances of of creating a headache. The same is true for your hair being drawn in a direction other than it’s natural way of growth. If you are unlucky, you might experience both versions and start to think you will just have to abstain from updos… But there are some things you want to try first!

Avoid headache long hair

1. When you put your hair up, make sure the weight is evenly distributed over the head. This way you can avoid forcing your neck muscles to find a new way of balancing. Granted, the Tymoshenko crown is not everyone’s style. If you don’t like the way it looks on you at all, just use it when you are at home and want your long hair out of the way.

2. Make buns close to your head – the more they “stick out” the further away from your natural balance you get.

3. If you love ponytails, but always end up with a mean headache, try the “double tail” variant. First separate a section of hair from the top of your head. Don’t take too little, it should be about half of all your hair. Make a ponytail exactly where you want your final ponytail to be. Afterwards take the rest of your hair, brush it towards the first ponytail and maybe even wrap it around once. Now fix it up with a second hair tie. This way the weight should be distributed a bit better.

girl braiding hair, trying hairdos

4. Make sure you find a good balance between making your hairdo too loose and too firm – both extremes can contribute to your discomfort.

5. For very easy hairdos you can also make it a habit to undo them every few hours and fix them up in a slightly different spot. This way you don’t have the pressure in the same place all day.

6. Figure out which way of styling your hair is the most painful for you. Then do some research to find styles giving you an easier time. If taking your hair straight back is a sure fire way for you to get a headache, maybe try braiding them along the temples and then back.

festive hairdoHow are you dealing with headaches from your hair? Got any tips? Thank you for letting me know in the comments!

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Long hair and growing – The lioness’s mane

I have almost always had long hair, at least shoulder length. Not counting that one time a hairdresser (not understanding the workings of curly hair) chopped off about 40 centimeters… They left me with straw pointing straight away from my head into all directions!

Obviously there are no pictures from that time. I did not leave the house for two weeks and afterwards avoided cameras in general for a while. When even before I did not particularly like going to the hairdresser, it now happens once a year or not at all. Luckily my hair is fine with me just snipping away some split ends every now and then. It still grows, for the length and curliness it requires pretty little maintenance and when it does not look presentable I just braid it or put it in a bun – problem solved.

Flashback picture from baby lioness with long hair
Flashback picture from baby lioness with long hair

Hair care with oil and other findings

Recently I found myself playing around with my hair some more, reading a lot about different hair treatments and oiling it regularly with different organic oils. The best effects I got so far were from linseed oil, but I just like to change it up and try something new regularly.

So while researching about this hairy topic, I stumbled upon some pages where a lot of people made a real science out of growing and nurturing their hair. They have awesome pictures of strong and healthy hair till knee length or even more! While this might be a bit long for my daily life, especially considering my job and the fact that even now already my hair tends to get too heavy for my neck when bunned up, I couldn’t resist but jump onto the measuring train. I just love to measure things, of course I had to!

My current hair length

In this picture you can see that even in the curly state, my hair is already almost waist length. Honestly, I am a bit surprised, considering the fact that about a year ago my hair was about shoulder length. And I really did not go out of my way to get it growing. Mostly I just left it alone and even cut off a few centimeters this spring.

In the picture you can see a lock sticking out a bit lower. That is the one I pulled straight to show how long my hair would be if not curly and also to measure with tape. The method for measuring I used is called “Madora method” or “Dr. George Michaels measurement method” after it’s creator and you can see how it works here. According to this way of measuring my hair length now is 83 cm (ca. 32.6 inches) and about 67 cm (26.4 inches) in “real hair length”.

As till now I have not measured length let alone monthly growth, I have to work with assumptions here. But apparently the average hair growth is about 1.5 cm a month… That would leave me around 100 cm in exactly a year! Hair falling till the butt! That is something I haven’t had since the early days of puberty, but why the hell not?

How can I get long hair?

So in the meantime I will be learning about protective hairstyles. I also want to find ways to nurture the hair externally and internally. Another idea is to measure it monthly to see how I’m on track. To navigate the bountiful online resources for this topic, I also had to determine my hair type. Not every long hair care method works for the same hair . If I wash my hair daily it becomes horribly coarse, dry and unmanageable. People with fine hair on the other hand cannot do my “mechanical cleaning” methods unless they really like the “wet look”.

As in the big forums and most blogs I found so far people were using Fia’s Hairtyping System, I took the cue. So my hair type would be called 2cMiii. I guess. While I am not entirely sure on the first 2 letters, I am definitely sure on my hair being thick. My ponytail circumference is a solid 12 cm (4.7 inches). Gonna have fun with those updo hairstyles once I have really long hair…

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