Tangled hair is one of the most frustrating and time-consuming aspects of your hair care routine. And if your hair tangles often, then you know exactly what we mean. But is there any way to detangle matted hair without damaging it? The answer is yes! If you ever wake up with knotted hair or wonder why your hair tangles so easily, you’re in luck! In this article, we’ll explore why hair tends to get tangled and how you can effectively get it under control.
Table of Contents
- Why matted hair?
- Which brush for matted hair?
- How to untangle matted hair?
- How to prevent matted hair?
Why matted hair?
Your hair tangles when the strands of hair wrap around each other. This makes it easier for additional strands to tangle with the existing knot. The hair gets knotted, resulting in larger and even more tangled knots that are a real pain to remove.
In principle, hair tangles more when its cuticle (the outer layer of the hair) is damaged or open. A healthy cuticle should be closed and smooth and lie flat. If your hair is damaged or has split ends, the cuticle will snag and cause more tangles and hair knots. Also, if your hair is curly or frizzy rather than straight, the strands you lose every day won’t slide down as easily, but will wrap around other strands, creating a tangled mess.
Although knotted hair occurs in most hair types, it is usually longer hair and especially curly hair that usually gets knotted. Some of the major factors that contribute to tangled hair are:
- Damaged dry hair
- Curly or frizzy hair
- Long, fine hair (longer than shoulder length).
- Sun damaged and heat damaged hair.
- Wind and other weather conditions
- Bad sleeping habits
- Chemical treatments
Which brush for matted hair?
In order to detangle your knotted hair, you need the right tool. This is because not every brush is equally suitable for detangling hair. Special detangling brushes ensure that the knots in your hair are easily and painlessly detangled. The best detangle brushes include, for example, the Denman brush and the popular Tangle Teezer. However, you do not have to forget the good old comb – for detangling hair, models with coarse tines are really good.
How to untangle matted hair?
Wondering how to get the knots out of your beautiful locks without causing hair breakage? Removing knots is definitely one of the most unpopular hair routines, but with the right method, you can save yourself from too much pain and hair loss. Depending on whether you are detangling tangled hair when it is wet or dry, you can use the following techniques.
What to do about tangled hair after washing.
Wet hair is brittle and prone to breakage. However, if you use a conditioner and take the time to gently detangle your locks, detangling wet hair is still the best option for your hair health.
To detangle naturally curly or frizzy hair, start with wet hair, rubbing it generously with conditioner. For straight hair, you can start with slightly towel-dried or damp, freshly washed and conditioned hair. Using a coarse-toothed comb or detangling brush, gradually brush your hair starting from the ends and working your way up.
If you encounter resistance, do not push the comb down under any circumstances! Instead, move the comb or brush outward, away from your head, to loosen the matted hair.
If you really need to get stubborn knots out of your hair, reach for a hair detangling spray for your hair type. Keep in mind that you only need to apply these products to small sections of hair for them to work, not all over your hair.
Detangle matted hair when dry.
Even if you can detangle your tangled hair well after showering, you won’t wash the hair every day to keep it tangle-free, right? For women with natural curls, this is not a problem because they don’t need to brush through their hair every day. In many cases, this even results in more beautifully defined curls whose tangles go unnoticed and are allowed to wait until the next wash day. However, with frizzy or straight hair, there is no way to conceal tangled hair.
To detangle your dry hair, first isolate the tangle and apply detangling spray, hair oil or leave-in conditioner to the area. Look for hair products with ingredients like argan oil, shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil, which are known to smooth hair and prevent tangles. Rub the product into your topknot and gently loosen it with your fingers. Then brush your hair with a wet brush or coarse-toothed comb to completely loosen the knots. Start with the ends of your hair and slowly work your way up, keeping your hair tight.
How to prevent matted hair?
If you have to unknot your tangled hair too often, it will inevitably lead to hair breakage. But why do you have to undergo the unpleasant process of untangling your hair when you can avoid tangled hair in the first place? All you have to do is follow the recommendations below and your hair will stop tangling so much.
1. wash hair carefully
If your hair tangles after washing, then you should rethink your hair washing methods.
- Before washing, gently brush through your hair to untangle any knots that already exist.
- When washing, try not to ruffle the hair. Massage the shampoo with your fingertips on the back of your head, sides and top of your head. Focus on your scalp and massage instead of scrubbing. Then simply rinse the shampoo out of your hair.
- At the end of the shower, rinse the hair briefly with cold water to seal the cuticle.
2. keep your hands away from the towel
We know it’s very tempting to grab a towel and scrub your hair as soon as you get out of the shower, but this is far from the right way to dry your hair. Rather, it’s one of the easiest ways for your hair to get tangled and knotted, as drying too hard with a towel damages the cuticle when your hair is at its most sensitive.
Instead of rubbing, gently squeeze your hair. Then shake your head well to allow air to enter the hair. You can also wrap your hair in a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel to soak up excess water without breaking the hair.
3. do not forget conditioner
If your hair is so matted that you can’t even run a brush through it, it may be time to upgrade your conditioner. No matter how tired or in a hurry you are, never fail to condition your hair. Use a conditioner specifically designed for your hair type, and be generous. If your hair is dry, there is a greater risk of it getting tangled and knotted. If your hair is particularly thick or very curly, you can use a leave-in conditioner.
4. use hair oil against matted hair.
Oils and hair masks lubricate the hair cuticle and provide the hair with nutrients. They act as a sealant, locking in moisture and smoothing strands. This smoothness helps to avoid unpleasant tangles, as smooth strands do not form knots and tangles. You should treat yourself to a hair oil treatment at least once a week.
5. sleep on silk pillows
Cotton can snag your hair when you twist and turn it, causing it to knot and tangle while you sleep. Welcome, a tangled mess in the morning!
An easy solution is to switch to silk pillowcases, which have become very popular lately. The smooth and breathable fabric prevents friction and moisturizes – which means smoother hair that doesn’t tangle.
6. do not sleep with open hair
Also, get into the habit of sleeping with your hair up, especially if you have textured hair. By pinning your hair up, you’ll prevent the strands from rubbing together and getting tangled when you move your head back and forth at night. It’s even better if you put a silky scarf or hat over it. The smooth fabric will protect your hair and prevent knots from forming while you sleep.
7. install a shower filter in the bathroom
A good thing would also be to consider the quality of water you use to wash your hair. If you follow a good hair care routine and have already tried everything, a shower filter can be the magic trick to solve the matted hair problem.
8. have hair cut regularly
To get rid of knots and tangles, have your hair trimmed every 8 to 10 weeks, at least the ends. This will help you get rid of split ends, dry and damaged ends and keep your hair healthy and strong. Trimming damaged hair facilitates natural shedding and helps loose strands come loose without tangling.