Sometimes, your hair can get so tangled that all you want to do is cry. Just the thought of working through those impossible snarls is enough to make anyone consider a major haircut. It’s annoying to end up with knots clogging the shower drain, and depending on your hair type, the detangling process can feel like an extended time in hell. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Before beginning your detangling journey, take a deep breath and follow these simple tips from hairstylist Jen Atkin. Regardless of texture, Atkin says the key is to start at the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots. For curly and kinky hair, she recommends “detangling in the shower with conditioner or mask” because it helps to “soften the strands and makes it easier to remove any knots.” If your hair is on the thicker side or extremely knotty, working section by section will make it a lot easier.
You shouldn’t only reach for a brush or comb when your hair is tangled, and it’s a good practice for preventing the problem in the first place. In fact, hairstylist Justine Marjan suggested previously that brushing through hair regularly helps stimulate hair follicles and prevents future knots.
Investing in the proper tools and taking the time to carefully tackle knots is necessary to avoid tugging and damaging your hair. Here are some handy stylist- and editor-approved detangling tools to help you get through the process with minimal pain or tears.
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