How to Detangle Hair: 7 Pro Tips


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Do you find that your hair gets tangled or knotted throughout the day or after a good night’s rest? Depending on your hair type, your locks can become tangled very quickly and for various reasons that you can’t always control.

But when it comes time to detangle hair, things can get tricky. You don’t want to pull out chunks of your hair or damage it in any way, but sometimes untangling hair can result in hair loss and damage. It seems inevitable.

However, what if we told you there was a better way to untangle your hair that’s pain-free and ensures that you don’t lose or damage hair in the process? We have compiled professional advice and go-to professional hair care products we recommend that will allow you to detangle your hair without hassle.

Detangling Products to Keep in Your Bathroom

Whether you are learning how to take care of wavy hair or just having a hard time detangling your hair, there are a couple of products we think you should keep on hand. These products will also help you get through the next couple of steps.

Wide-Tooth Comb

Wide-tooth combs can be very helpful when it comes to detangling hair. These combs can help you work through knots with ease when paired with the right products.

Detangling Spray

Do you have a good detangling spray that you use to unknot hair? If not, this should be on your must-have list of detangling products.

Deep Conditioner

If you spend time in the shower detangling your hair, you will need a deep conditioner or conditioning mask to gently comb through your hair with your fingers.

Satin or Silk Scrunchies, Caps and Pillowcases

Your hair can get tangled in your sleep. This is why it’s essential to prepare your hair with silk or satin scrunchies or a sleep cap and sleep on satin or silk pillowcases, which are gentler on hair.

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How to Detangle Hair

There are several ways to detangle your hair, but follow these steps if you want to do it pain-free and with less damage.

  1. Start with Dry Hair

    –If you have thin, fine or straight hair, you should detangle your hair while it’s dry. Our hair is at its weakest when it’s wet. So to avoid causing more damage, it’s best to detangle hair when it’s dry.

  2. In the Shower

    For those who have textured or curly hair, it may be best to detangle your hair during your next wash day with a deep salon conditioner after applying professional shampoo. People with curlier textures should use their fingers or use a wet comb to help gently remove tangles. You can also detangle your hair in the shower for those with thin and straight hair, but this may lead to light damage. Apply a deep conditioner if you decide to detangle in the shower or while hair is wet.

  3. Apply a Detangling Spray

    If you are detangling your hair while it’s dry, apply a light detangling spray to protect your hair and prime it for combing.

  4. Work From the Bottom of Your Hair

    When detangling your hair, it’s essential to start from the ends and work your way up. Your ends will probably be more tangled than the hair higher up, anyway.

  5. Use a Wide-Tooth Comb or Your Fingers

    Gently comb through knots with a comb or your fingers. When combing through hair, make sure you aren’t ripping your hair or being forceful.

  6. Apply Oil After Detangling

    To keep your hair free from tangles, you can apply moisturizing and nourishing hair oil to your strands. Apply oil liberally if your hair requires a lot of oil and doesn’t get greasy. If your hair is thin and can become greasy easily, make sure you are light with the hair oil.

  7. Sleep with Hair in Braids or in a Silk Cap

    After detangling your hair, you can keep your hair in braids, secured with silk scrunchies to avoid hair getting tangled at night. You can also sleep with your hair in a silk or satin cap to avoid tangles.

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Now, your hair should be tangle-free and look fabulous! Routinely detangle your hair and take extra steps to care for it in the evening and you will reap the benefits! If you have major concerns about your tangled hair, stop by your hairstylist’s salon for expert advice!


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