Sometimes something as simple as skipping a wash can knot up your hair like ropes on a sail. It’s not the greatest situation, especially if you want that healthy sheen. Knots can drag you down, but there are plenty of ways to defeat these hairy foes. With a little patience and a bit of time, detagling those nasty hair knots is as easy as ABC.
- APPLY conditioner and lots of it to de-knot. There are directions on the back of every conditioner bottle, but the longer your hair, the more you need. Work the conditioner from root to tip, making sure it’s evenly coated. If your hair is particularly curly or coily, try leaving it on for an extra couple of minutes.
- Detangle BEFORE you get into the shower. This little trick of the trade makes it easier to work through both a shampoo and a conditioner. What’s more, you can find the small knots beforehand so you’ll spend less time de-knotting your hair in the shower by working on any problem spots.
- COMB thoroughly. Once you’re out of the shower, apply a leave-in conditioner or whatever product you prefer and use a medium or wide tooth comb. Spend time working your way through your hair while it’s still wet, again working on possible problem spots that may appear.
There are plenty of other options to prevent knots. Placing hair in braids or a silk scarf before bed will prevent friction and tangles. You can also use detangling in-shower products and conditioning treatments. If you’re taking all precautions, you should succeed in preventing bad tangles.
That being said, sometimes all the preventative measures in the world won’t stop knots from forming. It’s a sad truth, but in this case there’s no time for tears. Literally, the longer you wait, the worse a knot gets. The sooner you untangle the beast, the better. Here are some steps to help you in the battle against knots.
- Find the tangle or tangles. Work your fingers through your hair, pinpointing the problem area.
- Hold the knot in question with one hand. You should get a feel for the knot to better de-knot, and if possible, what it looks like. The more you know about how it’s knotted and where, the better chance of success with your hair.
- Comb your fingers through the knot as much as possible while holding the knot. If you can loosen hair from it, try to pull it out of the knot without breaking the strands of hair.
Tip: If you cannot loosen the knot whatsoever or the knot is fairly large, wet your hair before proceeding to step 4.
- Apply hair conditioner, hand lotion, warm olive oil, or a special detangler product to de-knot. All have been proven to work towards detangling anything from a minor snarl to a massive rats nest.
- Finger comb the product through your hair and let the conditioning item sit for a few minutes.
- Gently comb your hair with a medium or wide tooth comb. Avoid pulling your hair and roughly working the comb through your hair. This can lead to breakage and more knots in the future.
The Worst Knots
If it seems not even the best TLC is cutting it, you may have to cut that knot out of your life. But don’t de-knot it yourself, especially if it’s is toward the back of your head. Sometimes the knot is so severe that it’s time to take a trip to the hair salon. A stylist should have the professional know-how to cure whatever hair disaster ails you. And if there is no cure, they have the talent to create the perfect, albeit somewhat shorter style just for you.
Do you have any secrets for staying virtually knot-free or getting the knots out of your curls?
Even More Tips from the CN Team:1. Prep Your Hair: Before you dive into the detangling adventure, make sure your hair is properly prepped. Start by saturating your hair with a good leave-in conditioner or a detangling spray. This step is crucial because it helps soften your strands and makes the knots more manageable.
2. Divide and Conquer: Trying to tackle a massive knot all at once can be overwhelming and lead to hair breakage. Instead, divide your hair into smaller sections. This approach makes it easier to focus on one area at a time and prevents further tangling.
3. Finger Detangling: Start the detangling process by using your fingers. Gently work your fingers through the tangled area, starting from the tips and working your way up to the roots. Be patient and gentle to avoid unnecessary hair damage.
4. Detangling Tools: If your fingers alone aren’t doing the trick, it’s time to bring in some detangling tools. A wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush with flexible bristles can work wonders. Always start with the ends and work your way up, using a gentle, downward motion.
5. Apply More Product: If you encounter stubborn knots, don’t hesitate to apply more detangling product. The extra slip will help your comb or brush glide through the tangles more smoothly. You can also add a bit of oil to further reduce friction.
6. Be Patient: Detangling can be time-consuming, especially if your knots are particularly nasty. Remember to be patient with your hair and yourself. Rushing through the process can lead to damage and even more knots in the long run.
7. Snip Away Wisely: In some cases, knots may be too severe or damaged to save. If you find a knot that’s impossible to detangle, don’t be afraid to trim it away. It’s better to have healthy, knot-free hair than to hold onto damaged strands.
8. Work in Small Sections: If your entire head is a knot-filled battlefield, tackle it one section at a time. This approach helps you maintain your sanity and ensures thorough detangling without causing excessive stress on your hair.
9. Gentle Moisture: If your knots are dry and stubborn, try applying a moisturizing mask or deep conditioner. Let it sit for a while to soften the knots and make them easier to work through.
10. Prevention is Key: The best way to deal with tough knots is to prevent them from forming in the first place. Regularly moisturize and condition your hair, sleep on a satin pillowcase or wear a satin bonnet to reduce friction, and avoid excessive manipulation.