Today we are looking into how to detangle hair knots! Knots are the thief of joy when it comes to retaining length and here is how to detangle those knots out!
How To Detangle Hair Knots For Smooth Hair Days
experiencing the frustrating effects of a stubborn hair tangle. Whether it’s a result of a professional updo followed by an all-night party, or a symptom of a curly head in need of a haircut, it can be managed without taking extreme measures or breaking out the peanut butter! Before you start snipping, read on for several detangling steps that don’t involve scissors.
Go in front of a mirror to get a good look at the knot. It’s helpful to pull back the rest of your hair so that you can clearly locate the snarl and not be distracted by the rest of your strands.
Next, start working hair away from the knot, but be careful how you go about this. Pulling on the hair strands above the knot will only tighten the knot. Instead, focus on pulling strands from the bottom of the knot to the top. Once you’ve done what you could here, move on to the next step.
Kinky-Curly Knot TodayYou know how when you’re applying conditioner to your hair, and your fingers slide right through? We call that slip. So, you know what to do here: Grab your conditioner or a detangling product (we’re partial to ), and proceed to apply a generous amount to the knot. Adding slip will help hair strands slide and loosen with less friction. After you apply conditioner, repeat the process of gently pulling strands apart again from the bottom of the knot to the top. Depending on the size and tightness of the tangle, this may or may not be the last step.
If your knot is still being stubborn, now’s the time for tough love. Use a spray bottle to spray the knot with water, and apply some more conditioner as well.
Then, grab a comb and stick one “tooth” smack dab in the middle of the knot, and gently pull the tooth through the tangled hair. Comb from the bottom of the knot to the top by sticking the tooth in the snarl.
You may need to use a combination of loosening the knot with the comb and then pulling the loose hairs out with your fingers. If your patience is wearing thin, take a break and step away, then come back when you’re feeling up to it. A short fuse and a tough knot are a recipe for disaster.
GET REGULAR TRIMS
If you notice that your hair only gets knotty at the ends, it’s a sign that you’re in desperate need of a trim. Getting the occasional half an inch or inch of hair snipped off can help prevent knots and keep your hair looking healthy.
Preventing Knots with 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.
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