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Have you ever been so frustrated by tangled hair that you were tempted to simply cut out the knots? Knotty hair can make you do crazy things, but we recommend holding off on picking up your scissors. You can rescue your hair and get rid of knots without resorting to a DIY haircut that’s sure to end in tears. With the help of lots of conditioner, a hair mask, an updo, and other assorted hair care tips, you can deal with knotty hair in a totally sane way. Read on for 11 knotty hair tips and hair care product recommendations that are your ticket to silky hair that doesn’t—even slightly—resemble a rat’s nest.
If your hair is super-knotty, taking a shower can make things worse. Of course, that’s no reason to disregard hygiene. The solution is to brush out knots before you wash your hair. While you wait for the water to warm up, carefully brush your hair. Instead of brushing from roots to ends, which can put unnecessary stress on your strands, start at the bottom and work your way upwards.
You’ve shampooed your hair countless times but are you sure you know how to do it? The right way? As it turns out, shampooing your hair isn’t as foolproof as you may have guessed. You know to saturate your hair with water and work the shampoo into a lather, but there’s slightly more to it. Instead of massaging the shampoo into the entire length of your hair, you can focus the product on your scalp. Since your scalp is where most of the oil and debris will be, you’ll still end up with clean hair, but it will likely be less knotty. The action of shampooing can form knots, but most knots appear in the length of your hair—not right against the scalp.
Skipping conditioner to save a bit of time may seem reasonable, but trust, it could be the cause of your terrible tangles. That’s why it’s time to make conditioner your new best friend. Every time you wash your hair, after you rinse out the shampoo, load your locks up with lots of conditioner. Once your strands are thoroughly coated with conditioner—especially where your hair tends to get knotty—comb through your hair with a wide tooth comb. Not only will you get out any lingering knots, but combing your hair will also help evenly distribute the conditioner. As for what to cleanse and condition with, use an ultra-moisturizing hair care system. Try pairing the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo with the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner.
Using conditioner doesn’t negate your need for a hair mask. Once or twice a week, you’ll want to pamper your mane a little more than normal and use a hair sheet mask. After shampooing, apply either the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask or the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask. Leave the hair mask on for five minutes, then remove and rinse.
Rubbing your hair with a towel may seem like the fastest way to remove excess water—without blasting your hair with a blow-dryer—but it doesn’t do your hair any favors, even if it’s a heat-free drying method. The reason being, the repeated rubbing can create even more knots. If you still prefer to skip blow-drying your hair, gently squeeze water out of your hair with a cotton T-shirt, not a towel. Or, if you’d like to give blow-drying a try, use a heat protectant and a vented brush to help prevent damage and knots at the same time.
Detanglers are often marketed towards kids, which makes sense if your mom ever spent hours trying to brush out your knotty hair as a kid. However, just because it says “for kids” on the bottle doesn’t mean you have to miss out on using detangler. As it turns out, detanglers for kids and adults aren’t all that different—they all work to tackle the same type of tangles. So, when you’re gearing up for an attempt to detangle your hair, spritz with a generous amount of the L’Oréal Kids Burst of Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer for All Hair Types.
Partial to sleeping with your hair down? Unfortunately, that could be causing your hair to get knotty! When you move around while you’re sleep, your hair can tangle—and that’s not a good thing to wake up to. To save yourself the trouble of removing knots in the early morning, try pulling your hair up before bed. A quick low bun, held with a soft elastic to avoid creasing, should do the trick.
How you sleep can play a part in how knotty your hair is in more than one way. In addition to the way you wear your hair at bedtime, you have to consider what you’re sleeping on. Yep, your pillowcase could be to blame for those knots! Thankfully, a simple swap can help. Replace your regular cotton pillowcase with a silk one. Not only do they look super-chic, but they’re good for your hair and your skin. Win, win!
Do you love braids? Well, here’s another reason to wear one: They keep knots at bay. When your hair is plaited, it can’t move around and get tangled. So, start putting your fishtail and French braiding skills to use more often.
Wind is a notorious cause of knots. In order to survive windy weather without ending up with a completely knotted head of hair, you’ll want to rely on accessories. Wearing a scarf or a hat can make all the difference in how your hair fares in the wind.
If you notice that your hair only gets knotty at the ends, it’s a sign—you’re in desperate need of a trim. Getting the occasional half an inch or inch of hair snipped off can help prevent knots and keep your hair looking healthy.
Knots aren’t all bad. Here’s How to Do the Perfect Top Knot.