Detangling matted hair can get really messy and painful. Here are some hair care tips that will help you take good care of your locks.
There are many reasons why your hair gets tangled; it may be naturally tangled or due to excessive dryness, overuse of harmful chemicals and treatments, lack of regular cleaning, prolonged exposure of untied hair to wind, excessive humidity, etc. The process of detangling matted hair can be really difficult, and many times painful. You may also suffer hair loss during this process. Sometimes, cutting off the tangles remain the only option. But there are some ways in which you can go about detangling your hair easily or with little effort. The subsequent paragraphs explore the different ways for the same, so take a look.
How to Detangle Matted Hair
- First, try to find out why your hair has got tangled or matted. Not cleaning properly after regular intervals can make your hair tangled, and the strands that are naturally falling out will remain stuck because of this. If your hair is not healthy, the problem worsens as there is a lot of friction between the hair when you try to comb it. For the different causes behind tangled hair, we have to choose different approaches of detangling it.
- One great and natural way of detangling is to use a lubricant so that it becomes smooth and slides against each other without friction. If your hair has got tangled because of excessive dryness, this is a very good method of untangling it. To use this method, take some coconut, olive, or any other hair oil and heat it for a few minutes. Now, apply the warm oil to the tangles and scalp. Your locks may not untangle right away and you may have to keep them oiled for several hours, after which you can wash them and again apply a small amount of oil to smoothen them.
- Another method of untangling matted curly hair is using a good quality conditioner. After washing your hair with your usual shampoo, dry it with a towel (do not use a dryer) and apply a good conditioner. Keep the conditioner on for some time. This will surely untangle most types of hair.
- There are detangling products available in the market, but most of them contain harsh chemicals. So, use them only if it is the last option available and none of the home remedies are working.
- You can also go to a professional hair stylist and get his/her help with detangling your locks, but do not go for such treatments too often as they will only damage your tresses in the long run.
- If none of the above approaches work, you should see a good tricologist, as it may be some kind of hair disorder and will need proper medical help.
To avoid entangling your hair while you sleep, put it in a basic ponytail before going to bed. Also, avoid chemical products and try to avoid using a straightener every day. Blow drying the hair can also cause damage, so avoid it as much as possible. It is best to towel-dry your hair and use homemade products. If the tangles are not too knotted, try detangling your locks by combing them, starting at the bottom and going upwards. Also, wash your head at least twice a week with a herbal shampoo. The night before washing, oil your tresses with a warm mixture of coconut and olive oil. You can also use castor or almond oil for detangling. Do not forget to condition your tresses after washing, as that will make the cuticle layer tender and prevent tangling. The mixture of egg yolk and mayonnaise works as a great natural conditioner and can be used more often as compared to chemical conditioners.