When you have curly hair, knots and tangles can become part of everyday life. But what do you do when knotted hair gets too much? It can be easy for curly hair to become knotted and it can sometimes get overwhelming.
Pulling the hair may tighten the knot and make it worse. You will also damage the hair, causing it to break if you’re not being gentle.
Wet your hair
Spray your hair to dampen the problem area. The water will work with the conditioner to hydrate your hair and add slip. For matted hair do a pre-shampoo treatment using an oil like coconut oil, cover with a shower cap and leave as long as possible before wash day.
Always use conditioner
Conditioner will give you slip, allowing the hair to be gently pulled away from the knot. It will also minimise damage by protecting the strands. Opt for a deep conditioner that is richer than your everyday conditioner. If your hair is badly matted, coconut, olive, or Moroccan argan oil can be used instead. Leave the treatment on before you start working the hair.
Start at the ends
Always start at from the ends of your hair. Hold the hair directly above where you are brushing and work the knots out a bit at a time, working your way up. This will stop any any stress on the scalp. Use your finger tips for the easier knots, gently pulling them away from the main tangle. Use clips or pins to keep the untangled hair separate from the knot.
Work in sections
As you’re pulling away the easier knots, concentrate on the small sections first, ensuring the smaller section is completely untangled before moving on. This will stop the hair from tangling even more while you’re working.
The best tools to use on knotted hair are wide tooth combs and Tangle Teezers. Start with the comb to loosen the knots with small brush strokes. A tail comb is also good to loosen the knot, using the tail end to slip in and gently pull the hair. Add more oil or conditioner as you work if you need to. Once the bigger tangles are out, brush small sections with the Tangle Teezer.
How to prevent tangles
Look after your ends
Split ends that are dry can easily become tangled. Keep them trimmed and conditioned to prevent them getting dry.
Don’t leave your hair in a protective style for too long
Leaving your hair in a certain style for too long will also dry it out as it can be hard to get moisture in. The strands can get interlocked if left too long, so when you take out your style, it is already knotted.
Cleanse your scalp
When washing, always focus on your scalp. The water will rinse the cleanser down your strands and clean them during rinsing. When you wash, your hair can become tangled by rubbing. Gently run your fingers through your hair, from the roots down as you wash and condition; don’t be tempted to rub or scrub your hair.
Keep your hair well hydrated by always using a conditioner after you wash. Leave the conditioner on to detangle, even if your hair doesn’t feel like it needs detangling. Run a comb through or use your fingers every time you condition. In between washes, use a moisturiser or a lighter leave-in so your hair won’t dry out.
Sleep in a bonnet to protect your hair at night
Sleep in a satin lined bonnet to prevent tangles at night. Friction from a cotton pillowcase will make your curls web together, causing tangles and knots.