Between trying new hairstyles, testing new hair products, and even just sleeping on our hair, none of us are safe from the trauma of knotted strands. Here are five-steps on how to detangle knots safely.
Rather than running the risk of being left with half the amount of hair you started with, put this five-step in motion.
Wide-tooth combs are your friend.
Use plenty of conditioner.
Coat the hair in conditioner and let it sit for a few minutes, then use your wide-tooth comb to run the conditioner through your hair from root to tip. This will help loosen the knots, and it’ll also help distribute conditioner throughout the hair so that all your bases are covered, including the parts of the hair closest to the roots that we wouldn’t necessarily condition.
Start from the bottom.
The worst mistake you can make is to yank a brush or comb down from your roots to the tip, it causes breakage, split ends, and even hair loss. Instead, start first by combing the bottom few inches of your hair, then work upward, combing down as you go.
Don’t force it.
Spritzing a detangling formula on the tangle in question should help to loosen it up so that you can at least work at salvaging what you can, just work slowly and gently to minimize roughing up the hair’s cuticle, which can lead to breakage.
Use your fingers.
Your fingers can untangle knots in ways that a brush or comb just can’t. Gently pulling apart the tangled strands, will work to incur far less damage than simply combing through the knot over and over again. Once you’ve got it mostly undone, you can then spray on detangler and go in with your comb to smooth things out.