Tangled hair can be frustrating, especially if you have naturally wavy or curly hair. Long, dry, and fine hair also can get tangled easily. The damaged and porous hair increases the surface roughness, so you are more likely to have matted hair if you regularly dye your hair or use other chemical treatments.
Untangling matted hair can be a painful and time-consuming task. However, you must resist the urge to use too much force or rush through the process as this can lead to breakage, split ends, and damaged hair. Proper untangling minimizes hair breakage, makes styling easier and helps retain your hair’s length.
The ideal frequency of hair detangling varies on hair type and texture. A good practice is to untangle your hair on wash days to remove the shed strands caught within the hair and release tangles.
Pre-Wash Untangling Routine
Use your fingers to detangle your hair prior to washing to prevent existing tangles from worsening and to make untangling with a comb easier. Section the hair for better control and slowly run your fingers through each section to locate problematic spots. When you locate knots, saturate surrounding area with a regular conditioner or apply your favorite hair oil. Try to loosen the hair around the knot and unravel it gently. To avoid putting too much stress on your scalp, hold a section of your hair with one hand while combing through your hair with the other hand.
If you experience trouble detangling your hair, a pre-poo treatment applied to hair prior to shampooing can make detangling much easier. An oil-based pre-shampoo treatment will create a slip that helps reduce friction, minimize tangles, and lessen hair breakage.
Detangling Shampoo and Conditioner
Harsh, sulfate-based shampoos can cause dryness and increase the porosity, resulting in tangle-prone hair. Stay away from sulfate-containing shampoo and use a mild, moisturizing shampoo to increase moisture retention and keep your hair feeling soft and silky. Use a conditioner with great “slip” for easier detangling and to enhance the silkiness and manageability. Look for products that are specifically designed to untangle knotted hair.
Gently massage the scalp with the pads of your fingers and let the lather run down your hair. Try not to scrub your hair while washing it to prevent post-shower knots.
After rinsing out the shampoo, saturate your hair with conditioner and leave it on for a few minutes. The conditioner will decrease friction between hair strands, making your hair slippery and easier to comb.
Make sure to use the best detangling tool to remove any remaining tangles after shampooing your locks.
Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Brush is ideal for hair that gets knotted easily. It is suitable for all hair types and can be used either on wet or dry hair. It is conveniently sized to fit comfortably in your hand. Two-tiered bendable teeth allow the brush to glide effortlessly through your hair making it knot-free with minimal damage. The longer bristles gently remove tangles and knots while shorter bristles smooth the hair cuticle to provide extra shine.
A sandalwood comb is another great tool to make the detangling process easier. It smells pleasant with a hint of sandalwood, so you rest assured; it is 100% natural without any synthetic ingredients that could lead to underlying harm. The comb smoothly glides through the hair and tackles tangles, knots, and messes in an efficient manner, reducing hair breakage.
Detangling Leave-in Conditioners
Leave in detanglers are formulated to moisturize and smooth your strands, remove knots, and prevent breakage.
When you apply a leave-in conditioner to towel-dried hair, comb through it again, to ensure that all the knots are out. If you meet resistance, gently work the tangle out. On days that you don’t wash your hair, apply a leave-in detangler prior to styling to give your hair more manageability. Select a product which will not coat your strands with chemicals or leave a greasy feeling in your hair. For your convenience choose a detangler that can be used on both wet and dry hair.
Some good leave-in detanglers to consider include Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-in Conditioner/Detangler, ENJOY Conditioning Spray, ORIBE Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler, Revlon Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment, and Cantu Care for Kids Conditioning Detangler.
Preventing Tangles from Happening
Use Conditioner Regularly
Use conditioner after every shampoo to smooth the cuticle layer of your hair. Properly conditioned hair is silky and pliable and is less likely to get knotted.
Do Deep Conditioning
Deep condition your hair at least once a week to help restore natural moisture and oils and keep your hair smooth and easy to style.
Sleeping Habits that Prevent Knots and Tangles
Sleeping with your hair down causes it to easily get tangled, especially if you have long hair. To prevent hair strands from knotting while you sleep, loosely braid your hair or tie it up in a ponytail before you go to bed. Also, opt for silk or satin pillowcase to lessen friction between your hair and the pillow in order to minimize knots and tangles.
Protect Your Hair in the Wind
Cover your hair with a satin scarf or a hat on windy days to reduce exposure to wind and prevent your tresses from getting messed up. Braids are a good option during windy weather. You can let your hair down when you arrive at your destination.
Trim Your Hair on a Regular Basis
The roughness of dry and split ends contributes to knotty hair. Keep your strands healthy by trimming off split ends every 2-3 months.
Use Safe Hair Accessories
Wear your hair up using only safe, non-damaging hair accessories. Avoid using uncovered elastic bands, and hair accessories with sharp edges, as they can cause damage, making your hair more prone to matting and knots.