Have you ever been so frustrated by your tangled hair that you were tempted to simply cut out the knots? Knotty, tangled hair is really annoying and can totally make you want to do crazy things. But hold on for a little longer, as we have a few tips that will rescue your hair and untangle your tresses without making you resort to a DIY haircut that’s sure to end in tears.

Read on to learn how to detangle hair for silky strands that don't come anywhere close to resembling a bird’s nest.

Wide-toothed comb to the rescue
 

Wide-toothed comb to the rescue

If you have fine or damaged hair that’s brittle and prone to breakage and tangles, then it is important to choose your tools wisely. Rather than trying to untangle knots with a hair brush, we recommend you use a wooden wide-toothed comb to gently detangle dry or damp hair.

Condition your hair
 

Condition your hair

Tangles are a lot easier to deal with wet than dry. Hence if you notice a lot of knots in your hair, then we recommend you wash your hair and follow it up with oodles of conditioner. If done right, it is okay to comb your hair in the shower while it’s wet without damaging it. Coat your hair with conditioner and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a wide-toothed comb to run the conditioner through your hair from root to tip. This is a great way to loosen knots and distribute conditioner throughout your tresses.

Start from the bottom
 

Start from the bottom

Forcefully yanking a brush or comb down from the roots to the tips is extremely damaging to your hair. It causes major breakage, split ends and even hair loss. Instead, start first by combing the bottom few inches of your hair, then work upward, combing down as you go.

Don’t force it
 

Don’t force it

All of us have found ourselves with a really nasty knot that just refuses to untangle no matter how much force you apply. But don’t pull at it forcefully. Spritzing a little bit of detangling formula on the tangle in question will loosen it up and salvage the situation. Being as gentle as you can probably be, keep working slowly to avoid breakage.

Use your fingers
 

Use your fingers

Your fingers can untangle knots in ways that a brush or comb just can’t. Gently pulling apart the tangled strands (needless to say, be gentle) will end up causing way less damage than simply combing through the knot over and over again. Once you’ve got it mostly undone, you can go in with your comb to smooth things out.

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