Few of us are exempt from knots in our hair. Whether it's a result of an all-night party, or just a curly head in need of a haircut, it can be managed without taking extreme measures or breaking out the peanut butter or worse scissors! Before you start snipping, read on for several detangling steps that don't involve drastic measures.
Isolate The Knot
Get a good look at the knot in front of a mirror. Pull back the rest of your hair so that you can clearly locate the snarl and not be distracted by the rest of your strands.
Next, start working hair away from the knot, but be careful how you go about this. Pulling on the hair strands above the knot will only tighten the knot. Instead, focus on pulling strands from the bottom of the knot to the top.
Slip N’ Slide
Grab your conditioner or a detangling product and proceed to apply a generous amount onto the knot. Adding slip will help the hair strands slide and loosen with less friction. After you apply conditioner, repeat the process of gently pulling strands apart again from the bottom of the knot to the top.
Utilize Your Hair Tools
If your knot is still being stubborn, it’s time for tough love. Spray the knot with water and apply some conditioner. Then, grab a comb and stick one "tooth" smack dab in the middle of the knot, and gently pull the tooth through the tangled hair. Comb from the bottom of the knot to the top by sticking the tooth in the snarl.
A short fuse and a tough knot are a recipe for disaster.
Above all else, prevention is the key. It's not a bad idea to try to detangle your hair several times a day and definitely before bed.