Getting Very Tangled Out Hair (with Pictures)

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Getting Very Tangled Out Hair (with Pictures)
Getting Very Tangled Out Hair (with Pictures)

If your hair is hopelessly tangled, try a deep conditioner or moisturizing oil before resorting to a short head. Leaving these types of treatments on for an hour or even overnight will make it easier to untangle your hair. It can still be difficult to comb, but it hurts a lot less and is much better than without the treatment.


Part 1 of 3: Products

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Step 1. Choose a treatment

You can use a regular conditioner if you haven't already, but if your hair is severely tangled, you should probably try something else. "Deep conditioner" works well to moisturize your hair so that you can get it out of the mat more easily. You can also use coconut oil, olive oil, or argan oil, especially if you have frizzy hair. If you don't like oil in your hair, you can also try a detangling spray.

There are people who use mayonnaise, but it can stink and it's probably no more effective than other ways

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Step 2. Wet your hair a little

Dampen your hair with a plant sprayer or briefly put your head under the shower or kitchen tap with low water pressure. Most treatments should be applied to damp hair, but if it is very wet it can break down sooner.

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Step 3. Rub the product into your hair

Take a handful of the chosen medium, or two hands if your hair falls past your shoulders. Spread it all over your hair, especially the ends. Rub it in well, section by section, rather than spreading it all over your scalp in one go, as this will make it even more tangled.

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Step 4. Wait for the treatment to work

If you use regular conditioner, your hair will be hydrated after a few minutes. Coconut oil or similar products should be left in for at least 30 minutes for maximum effect, but no longer than 2 hours. Deep conditioner should be used as directed on the package, but usually you should leave it on for at least an hour, or in extreme cases overnight.

To keep your hair out of your face, you can put on a shower cap or pull a plastic bag over your hair and secure it with a hair tie. Putting on a well-fitting hat can speed up the process even more

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Step 5. Remove the easiest knots from your hair with your fingers

Once the product has been pulled in long enough, you can gently untangle the strands. Large knots can often be broken up into smaller knots, from the roots to the tips.

Don't expect your hair to be completely untangled after this step. If you feel too much resistance, stop and try another knot

Part 2 of 3: Combing

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Step 1. Use a wide-toothed comb

A strong, wide-toothed comb is essential for getting stubborn knots out of your hair. You cannot get fine combs or brushes through it, so that you pull out entire strands of hair.

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Step 2. Comb the ends first

Always comb tangled hair at the ends first. Place the comb a few inches from the ends of your hair and comb downwards. Repeat until this section is free of tangles, then raise the comb slightly higher in your hair. Keep repeating this until the entire length of your hair is combed out. Long, severely damaged hair can take up to an hour or more.

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Step 3. Hold your hair up so it hurts less

If you have a sensitive scalp, hold up the strands of hair you are combing. Grab a strand as thick as a thick felt-tip pen between your fingers and turn it 180 degrees so that the comb doesn't pull directly on your scalp. Comb this part under your hand, and grab it a little higher as the part underneath is combed out.

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Step 4. Apply some more conditioner or oil if needed

Put some more oil or conditioner on the knot and rub it in with your fingers. Then those hairs become smoother so that they stick together less.

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Step 5. Thin out stubborn buttons

If a tuft of hair refuses to untangle despite all your efforts, you may need to thin it out. Hold your hair tight with one hand, and hold a pair of scissors in the other. Place the lower blade of the scissors against the underside of the knot and now gently rub back and forth, pulling your hair taut to remove any loose strands.

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Step 6. Finish with a finer-toothed comb or brush

Use a wide-toothed comb to remove large knots or tangles. Then switch to a finer comb or brush to remove the small knots that are still in it.

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Step 7. Rinse your hair

Rinse the product from your hair when it is untangled. If you have frizzy hair and the knots are out so you can part your hair, secure each section with a pin and rinse one section at a time.

Part 3 of 3: Preventing knots

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Step 1. Use a leave-in conditioner

Leave-in conditioner can be left in your hair for hours. It keeps your hair hydrated and prevents the ends from splitting and frizz when it dries.

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Step 2. Brush your hair when it is damp, but not dripping wet

Hair that is too dry becomes brittle and more difficult to brush. Hair that is too wet is weak and can be pulled out easily. Find the golden mean, and comb or brush your hair when it's damp after a shower, but not dripping wet.

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Step 3. Make a loose braid in your hair when you go to sleep

If you often wake up with knots in your hair, tie it in a loose braid before going to bed.

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Step 4. Part hair that quickly gets tangled before washing

If you have frizzy hair, or any other hair type that gets tangled easily, divide it into several sections and secure each one separately. Loosen them one at a time when you wash them, and then put them back on before loosening the next part. That reduces the chance of it getting tangled.

A mild shampoo that does not foam too much, without sodium lauryl sulphate, is recommended for this type of hair


  • Oil and greasy hair products can keep the strands of hair smooth, making them more likely to slide off each other. If you want to put a non-greasy product in your hair, do that only when your hair is out of the tangle.
  • A good way to untangle hair is to find the largest knot and slowly pull out small tufts so that the knot gets smaller and smaller.

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