What those tangles were telling my is my hair was damaged. Especially the outer layer. When the outer layer of the hair strand is damaged it opens up allowing it to catch or snap with other strands causing tangles. And tangles can lead to hair breakage and unwanted hair cuts.
I've been able to avoid the crazy tangles through trial and error, research and patience. I now don't have issues with tangles by instituting these three techniques:
1. Detangle before I wash my hairBy detangling before I wash my hair I'm removing the chance of any tangles becoming worse or potential tangles becoming actual tangles. This also allows the water to easily flow through my hair which helps keep it detangled during the wash and allows all the product to rinse out.
When I detangle I start by dividing my hair into sections. Usually about four total. I then coat each section with a conditioner or detangler. This allows my fingers and comb to glide more easily through my hair. I finger detangle first section-by-section starting from the ends. I then follow up by using my wide-tooth comb. My comb of choice is the Hercules Sagemann Seamless Comb.
2. Wash hair in braids or twistsThis may seem odd, but it really does help. After detangling each section I then loosely braid or twist them them and clip each section to the top of my head. The braids or twists keep my hair in place so strands aren't rubbing against each other and getting tangled.
The braids and twists also help me to more easily wash my hair in sections without the strands rubbing against each other or re-tangling.
3. Use products with slipThroughout my wash day I try to use products that help me to glide my fingers and comb through my hair. This applies to the detanglers and conditioners I use throughout the wash. My favorite two detanglers that have slip are the Pantene Pro-V Moisture Mist Detangler and Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner.
What are your techniques for avoiding tangles when you wash your hair?