Did you wake up in the morning one fine day to find a big knot in your hair? It’s one of the greatest horrors in every girl’s life, especially the ones with curls. Or maybe you had your hair feeling the breeze in the last rickshaw ride or even spent the day riding roller coasters at an amusement park, and now your hair is a tangled mess? No matter how you got that knot, you know one thing: you want it out! With the right tools and a lot of patience, you can work through one of the toughest and most drastic decisions in your life. We all know how your heart skips at the thought of detangling hair only to find a bunch of it in your hand. Let that not happen. Here is how:
First and foremost –breathe! It’s okay. Life is not over. Trying to rush through the process will likely worsen the knot and leave you angry and frustrated. Working out a knot can take time and a lot of patience, and you should go into the process as calmly as possible. Take a few deep breaths, put on some enjoyable music, and get to work. If you have a friend, sibling, or parent willing to help, you can speed up the process. And if the knot is somewhere that is difficult to reach, they may be necessary. Remember to take breaks. You may need to stop and rest your arms. If you don't have time to deal with the knot, pull your hair into a bun and wait until you have enough time to work it out.
Get Your Armour
Never go to the battlefield unprepared. Know your strategy. Have your tools. When trying to unknot hair, your tools can make all the differences. You absolutely want to use a detangler, conditioner, or other lubricant (like coconut oil). Don't use a brush, as this can lead to more knotting. Instead, find a sturdy medium- or wide-toothed comb. Set up a chair in front of a mirror - you'll want to be sitting, since it may take a while.
Find Your Enemy
Divide your hair to isolate the knot. Use plastic hair clamps or clips to separate your hair. Try to clip back all the hair that is not already part of the knot so that it doesn't end up in the mess. The knot should be free from the clips with everything else pulled out of the way. If you have a ton of tangles, it will be much easier for you to work in sections. Try dividing your hair into about six sections and work on them one at a time. If you're working through all your hair, make sure you separate the finished sections from those that are still knotted. You may want to braid the finished section so that it doesn't tangle again.
Finger-comb your hands through the knot. Begin close to the bottom of your hair and gently slide your fingers through the lock. If you encounter a knot, don't tug, just skip over it and continue combing down to the end of your hair. Remove the tiny knots with your finger if possible. For the larger ones, use a lubricant.
While clearing knots is great, it’s also a good idea to prevent them in the first place. You can braid your hair or do a loose pony tail when you go to sleep. Keep your hair tied up when you encounter fierce winds in the great outdoors.