Dry hair and too many knots to count? Your daily shower is one of the best secret weapons for locking moisture in all day long and helping to ease your pain.
“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,” suggests beauty writer Rachel Krause at StyleCaster.
“This will help immensely to loosen 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,” she adds.
At Bustle, Danelle Sandoval even recommends conditioning twice – especially if you have extremely dry or heat-damaged hair.
“The second time I condition, I really focus on the bottom half of my hair down to my ends,” Sandoval writes.
“Especially when straightening hair with heat products, your ends will most likely be damaged and need all the repairing you can give.”
You can amp up your detangling efforts by rotating leave-in conditioners and hair masks into your shower routine, too.
“Look out for products…that are packed with natural goodies, like palm oil or murumuru butter, steering clear of anything that has silicone in its formulation,” advises Erin Donnelly at Elle.
While silicone can make your hair shiny, it’ll weigh down your hair and contribute to product build-up – which defeats the whole purpose of all this extra nourishment!
Know Your Combs
If you have stubborn knots, you know using any old styling tool just won’t cut it. Opt for a specialized de-tangling comb, especially if you have textured hair.
“Look for a comb made of hard rubber, which is the best type to use, because they do not split and tear the hair,” suggested Pat Grant Williams, the education expert for Creme of Nature, to Huffington Post.
Of course, knots can happen to anyone. Here are the best combs and brushes to look for based on your hair type:
Long hair: A wide-tooth comb will “help distribute conditioner and untangle snarls. Start at the ends and work your way up,” stylist Paul Labrecque told InStyle.
Thick hair: Look for a wide, flat paddle brush that can make its way through all of your hair without breaking a sweat.
Curly hair: You’ll need a specialized comb with two – yes, two! – sets of wide teeth to avoid creating more frizz.
While it might be tempting to tear through a stubborn knot, take it easy and work from the bottom up, says celebrity stylist Rodney Cutler.
“The biggest mistake people make is starting the combing process from the roots—this moves the knot towards the end of your hair and it will only gather more hair and a bigger knot,” Cutler told Coveteur.
With a wide-tooth comb, start as close to the roots as possible. Every time you encounter a knot, stop to spend a few minutes detangling.
Don’t give up, even if it’s frustrating – there’s almost always a way to get that knot out.
“If you have a knot in your hair, it can always be worked out with product,” Kim Etheredge, co-founder of Mixed Chicks, told Refinery29.
“It’s like the old tale of when you have gum in your hair. You can always work things out,” she added.