Hair knots and tangles are troublesome, and sometimes it seems like our hair gets tangled, even when we don’t do anything. Sure, there are a few obvious offenders like hairpins, heat tools, and hair ties, but hair tangles and knots can be traced back to your hair care routine from when you wash it to when you sleep. And while the occasional knot or tangle may be present, by implementing the tips we will discuss in today’s blog; you’ll be able to reduce the number of snags, tangles, and knots you experience.
What causes tangles?
Tangles form when two or more strands of hair wrap around one another and become intertwined. Hair that is damaged will tangle easier and more frequently than healthy, smooth hair. Shedding hair can also become tangled with other hairs as it falls. Additionally, Knots can form because the hair was rubbed against certain surfaces, like towels, bedsheets, and pillowcases.
Single strand knots
Single strand knots can be a common problem for people with curly hair. Naturally, curly hair grows from flat or curved hair follicles. This hair can loop around itself and other strands of hair resulting in knots. Friction from materials (like scarves and pillowcases), how we shampoo our hair, and styling can lead to these types of knots forming as well.
Dealing with single strand knots and tangles
Detangle your hair prior to washing it. Water causes curly hair to shrink and can make hair tangles and hair knots tighter. How you wash your hair can have a huge impact on whether it develops knots. Start by washing your scalp. Massage the shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips then wash the rest of your hair. If you have curly hair utilizing the praying hand’s method can make hair washing easier to manage and prevent knots.
Before you sleep, you can twist or braid your hair. Doing this will also help reduce the amount of friction your hair is exposed to while you sleep, and if you have curly hair, it will reduce shrinkage, making it more difficult for knots to form. If your hair gets tangled, gently detangle it, or use a detangling product. If you find a single strand knot that you can’t undo, don’t pull at it or attempt to comb it out. You may have to cut it out. To do this, use dedicated hair shear or scissors to cut your hair. Dull blades can pinch the hair, which can result in split ends.
To learn more about how different hair cutting tools can impact your hair, check out our previous blog, Can Cutting your Hair Damage It?