Dry, ethnic, thin, curly, and frizzy hair types are generally prone to knots and matting.
A day out on the beach can increase the hair dryness leading to severe tangling and mattingHowever, untangling your matted hair is secure, and there are some easy ways to carry out the process fast without cutting your hair.
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Selecting a Hair Treatment
You can try using an ordinary hair conditioner if you’ve never given it a trial. But when your hair has several mattes, use a different option. Most deep conditioners are perfect in restoring moisture to the hair, making it easy to untangle the hair.
Step 2: Slightly Wet your Hair
You can do this by dampening your hair using a spray bottle of water. Alternatively, you can hold it beneath a sink or shower at low pressure. Hair treatments are designed to be applied on damp hair. You must be careful not to make the hair dripping wet as this will make it prone to breakage.
Step 3: Apply the Treatment to your Hair
After you wet your hair, pick the chosen hair treatment then rub it on your hair down to the hairs that grow on your shoulders. Make sure you apply the hair treatment carefully to every part of your hair to the ends.
Ensure you rub each part of your hair differently instead of the whole scalp at once to prevent further hair tangling.
Step 4: Relax while the Treatment Works
While using the regular hair conditioner, your hair will be moisturized in a short time. When using coconut oil and other related oils, be sure to give it at least 30 minutes for a proper outcome.
Furthermore, deep conditioners will vary, but you can typically leave it for an hour, and in extreme cases of hair tangling, you can leave it overnight.
Step 5: Untangle the Easy Knots Using your Fingers
Immediately the hair treatment has received adequate time to take effect, carefully pull apart the tangled hair parts. Loose and tiny knots can be pulled into small and separate tangles from the sections close to the scalp.
During this step, don’t untangle your hair fully. In case you feel some tension around one part, stop it and try a different part.
To keep your hair clean, put on a plastic bag or plastic cap fastened using a hairband. Alternatively, a tight-fitting hat may also help to hasten the process.
Step 6: Comb your Hair
A widely spaced teeth comb is excellent for removing hard and stubborn tangles. Using smooth brushes and combs will meet too much resistance, and this might force you to stop brushing or pull out hair clumps.
Make sure you comb the tangled hair, and you must begin with the ends. Position your comb a few centimetres on the end side of the tangled hair then brush it downwards. Repeat this step until that part has no tangles.
After that, shift the comb a bit higher and repeat this process to make the whole length of the hair combed.
Step 7: Apply More Hair Conditioner when Necessary
Again if you want, you can apply some oil or conditioner to the tough knot then rub it using your finger. Doing this lubricates the hair strands further, thus lowering the level under which they cling.
In case a mat of hair fails to separate despite your hard work, you can thin it out. Use a pair of scissors then hold tight your hair using the other hand. Then carefully tug on your hair to get rid of loose strands.
Step 8: Again Comb Using a Brush or Comb
Here, you can use a wide-toothed comb. Do this to make sure that the most severe tangles and mats are straightened out properly. After that, use a fine-toothed brush or comb to get rid of any remaining small knots.
Step 9: Rinse your Hair
After combing your hair to make sure it’s straightened and untangled, rinse all the hair treatments properly. If your hair is tightly coiled, and the stubborn mats are adequately separated to give you an easy time to part the hair, clip each hair part to separate them then rinse each at a time.
And that’s how to untangle your matted hair fast. However, if you want to prevent your hair from the same problem again, you can use leave-in conditioners as they keep the hair moisturized, reducing any frizzling and fraying that may occur as the hair dries out.
Also, a nice way to untangle your hair is to find the main tangle first as you slowly and remove the small strands from the tangle to make it smaller. This calls for patience as it can be a bit time-consuming.
Furthermore, never keep your hair in the same style for weeks without combing or caring for it as this encourages more tangles.