If you ever had to detangle knotted hair, you know about the pain and pulling one goes through before it is completed.  I see exhausted moms of young children pass them on to dads who have the thankless job of waiting with the child at the hair salon, wincing at every shriek with promises of treats after the ordeal; grown men who neglect to redo a hairstyle gain a new respect for their sister(s) who had to do daily sessions with a no-nonsense mom; grown women with time constraints repeatedly trying to bypass the comb out in the hope that their braided hair would miraculously straighten by themselves.

Hair needs to be combed or brushed on a daily basis.  It one neglects to do so in a timely manner, it joins together.  People with straight hair have it much easier than those with curls.  Before starting the detangling process, these are some of the things you will need:

  • For curly hair, a large tooth comb
  • For straight hair, a large tooth comb or a detangling brush
  • conditioner, detangling lotion or oil treatment
  • shampoo
  • towels
  • hair dryer (optional)
  • plastic cap


Apply conditioner or detangling lotion or oil treatment all over the head and cover with plastic cap.  If you are using a hair dryer, you will have to sit under it for about 20 minutes with the knob on hot.  If you do not have a hair dryer, leave the cap on for an hour or two.  It is better to do some activity like housework to generate some heat to the head.  After the time, remove the plastic cap and start detangling the hair from the end up.  Always detangle from the bottom up for minimum damage to the hair.  Apply more product as necessary until the hair is all open.  Apply shampoo then conditioner and dry with towel.  When drying with the towel, squeeze the water out and avoid rubbing the hair or it might become tangled again especially if has been a while since your last haircut.  Proceed with styling as necessary.

Hopefully, you made it through the process without too much damage to the hair but just to make sure, give it a good hair treatment in the next week.

By Paula Barker, Silkielocks.com

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