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How to Combat Tangled, Knotted Hair

This article comes from Byrdie.

How to Combat Tangled, Knotted Hair

When a head full of tangles nearly drives you to reach for a pair of scissors (because it’s really that frustrating), all you need are a handful of expert tips to get your hair feeling silky smooth again.

Use The Right Detangling Tool

Tail combs and other small-tooth combs can cause severe damage and breakage to your strands. The best way to detangle hair is to use a paddle brush or wide-tooth comb, as they are much more gentle on the hair.

Start From The Ends, Then Work Your Way Up

If you take your hairbrush straight to the root when detangling, trust us, there’s a much easier way. Brushing from roots to ends is not only extremely painful, but it’s also the quickest way to damage your tangled tresses. The biggest mistake many people make when detangling hair is starting from the root instead of ends. Before you go detangling the roots, start at the bottom and work your way up—that way, when you reach the root, you’ll have a smooth foundation to glide down.

Work In Sections

If you’re trying to remove all traces of teased hair avoid washing it before you make an attempt at detangling. Sometimes wetting the hair can lock in the knots, making it much more difficult to detangle, and much more prone to damage. Break out your detangling brush and slowly get to combing, working on one small section at a time.

Use a Moisturizing Detangling Spray

If your hair is color-treated, you should know it’s much more prone to breakage. Detangle damage-prone hair in tandem with a moisturizing detangling. A detangler keeps damage to a minimum by limiting harsh pulling and tugging on the hair.

After Detangling, Re-hydrate Strands With Olive Oil and a Steamer

Once you finally get those annoying knots out, your hair will feel brittle and likely be lacking moisture. After your detangling session apply 100 percent virgin olive oil from your roots to your ends and letting it sit under a hair steamer for about 20 minutes. This will hydrate and moisturize parched strands after vigorous detangling. Plus, chances are you already have a bottle of olive oil in your pantry. (And if you don’t have access to a hair steamer, you can wear a cap like the one linked above, which heats up in the microwave to help the oil better-penetrate.) Hello, instant relief.

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