Detangling Your Worst Knots: 5 Must Do's

Natural tangled hair vs. straight detangled hair

Whether you've got long pin-straight hair or a head of wavy, uncontrollable curls, we've all been hit with aggravating knots tangled up in our manes - seeming nearly impossible to get out (at least with our patience still in tact).

Who the heck has time for this? Not me. Certainly not you.

You've got things to do, am I right? I mean we're on the go now more than ever and spending your well-deserved down time ripping your hair and tugging at your scalp shouldn't be something you have to spend a considerable amount of time worrying about.

We're breaking down the causes of these irritating tangles, our most valuable tips on removing them, and taking a look at best hair practices for detangling those nasty knot burdens. 

So... what's causing the knots in the first place?

Knots typically occur when a strand of hair wraps around another and becomes intertwined. When the intertwined strands continue to tie around other hair strands, a bigger issue arises. This often creates more major snags and forms larger knots that become increasingly difficult to get rid of.

Snags are very common in all hair types. However, coiled, curly, and short hair types are the most prone to this type of knotting. Although it can be prevalent in fine, straight locks, this hair type specifically is much smoother than hair that is textured or damaged. Since damaged and textured hair lacks the smoothness of straight hair, it is more likely to wrap around other strands when they’re naturally released from your scalp.

A common misconception, is that knots are only from strands of hair intertwining on their own. However, there are many things you do on a day-to-day basis (most of which we don't even realize) that are causing these troublesome tangles.

These are some common things you may do that contribute to your severe snags:

1. Using the wrong products for your hair type

If you do not do your research, you could very easily be using products not meant for your hair type. This could be doing more harm than good! Say for instance, if your hair is on the dryer, frizzier side or is a bit more damaged, you should avoid products containing alcohol. This will dry your hair out even more, as it is not meant for people with this hair type.

The same thing goes for those with thin, straight hair. If this is your hair type you should refrain from products with a high amount of silicone. This will leave your locks twisted and sticky since it is targeted for thicker or kinky-curly hair.

2. Rubbing or moving your head on certain surfaces

Knots easily form when the hair comes in contact with another surface. Whether it is from drying your hair with a towel, wearing a hoodie or the pillowcase you sleep on at night. These actions can and will cause twists and snags to develop.

3. Using the wrong hair brush

It’s common for people to use the wrong type of tool for their. For instance, if you are prone to knots and don’t use a detangling brush, it can cause hair breakage when trying to detangle hair. If you are prone to oily hair and use a boar bristle brush, it can cause your hair to become even more oily.

4. Not getting regular trims

Trimming hair removes split ends and allows your hair to shed naturally, resulting in fewer knots. Only getting a haircut once every year or few years will leave your hair very damaged and tangle-prone.

5. Overusing hot styling tools

Hair that is heat damaged is often exposed to hot tools very frequently. A way to protect your hair when styling is using a heat protectant. Overusing these tools when not needed, especially without any type of protectant, will not only cause damage but will also make it more likely to get your hair caught up in nasty knots we all despise. It is good to give your mane heat breaks if you use these tools on a regular basis. This will not only keep it healthier, but will also allow you to embrace the natural hair you do have from time to time.

Happiness is a GOOD hair day!

What Are The Best Ways To Prevent Knots?

As tempting as it is to battle these knots solo, whether you plan on attempting to pull them apart with your fingers or over aggressively tackling them with a brush or comb, it is time to rethink your old tactics. 

Out with the old, in with the new!

These steps are for you. Follow this careful approach in order to discover the best way to detangle your hair knots. 

1. Research

A key point and beginning step is doing your research to gain a better understanding of your hair type. This is essential in order to find the best products (serums, conditioners, mousse) that fit you. Once you determine your products and items you like best, this is the most reliable, painless way to detangle knots, twists and snags for all types of hair:

2. Dampen Your Mane

Start by dampening your hair - wet it under the shower or with a spray bottle but don't completely soak it.

3. Add Product

If you do not have matted hair you may be adding products such as shampoo, conditioner and detangler as well as any other favourites of your choice. If you have matted hair, skip the shampoo and jump right into your good detangler, oil or conditioner. The texture of your hair will determine which products you use, how long to keep them on, and whether to let it sit if required. All of these instructions can be found on the individual packages.

4. Finger-Comb

Gently run your fingers through your hair to separate the looser tangles. The larger ones will separate and shrink towards the root.

5. Brush With Detangling Brush

Begin by combing out the ends of your hair with your detangling brush and slowly work your way up. Repeat this for each section of your hair. Never start from the root. A great detangler brush will work magic on everything from thin pin-straight hair to thick voluminous curls. It will prevent your hair from breaking while gently separating knots and tangles without causing pain to your scalp. For those with more textured or dried hair, you may add a leave-in conditioner or other oils depending on your routine.

In Conclusion

Snags, twists, and knots can happen to everyone regardless of the type of hair you have. There are many techniques, products and strategies to limit these from forming. There are also a few simple steps to follow that ensure the best way to detangle them when they do happen. This is a critical part of your everyday hair care journey. It is important to do your research and establish a routine that works best for you and your hair. Be sure to follow these steps and you will see a transformation in no time.