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11 simple solutions for detangling your hair pain-free

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Dreadlocks were great for Bob Marley, but we’re not all music legends. Knots or tangles call them what you may, but either way, they are a nightmare to deal with once fully formed. They are in fact enough to bring a grown woman to tears.

We get that sensitive scalps and knotty locks are not a joke which is why we’ve compiled a go-to list of knot solutions with you in mind. We hope it brings some relief.

1.Divide and conquer, don’t try and detangle all at once because that is going to lead to tears. Segment your hair into small, manageable sections using clips to keep each section separate. Work your detangling brush or comb from ends to roots through each section.

2.Always work from the ends up. This allows you to detangle one small area at a time.

3.Hold your fingers firmly above the offending knot so that you avoid pulling at your roots while you use your comb to work around and through the knot.

4.When washing and conditioning follow these rules;

  • If you have straight hair -
    • Make it easy; detangle in the shower after you’ve shampooed and while you still have conditioner in your hair.
    • Wash only your roots then add conditioner only to your ends.
    • When you are ready to rinse out your conditioner, take a detangling brush and work from the ends of your hair to the roots before rinsing out.
  • If you have curly hair -
    • Washing your hair is a bit of an art - remember you are washing your scalp only.
    • Massage your shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips only, avoid rubbing your hair and creating more knots and tangles.
    • When conditioning, work your conditioner all the way through your hair, making sure the entire hair shaft is saturated.
    • Start at your ends and slowly comb through as you work your way up your hair shaft. Getting all the knots out of your hair at this stage is really important as once you have rinsed the conditioner out, DO NOT brush or comb your hair. This will create extra frizz once the hair dries.
    • Once you’ve stepped out of the shower NEVER rub your hair as a way of drying it. Use a squeezing motion to eliminate as much excess moisture as possible.
    • Spray on some super nova elixir to help detangle and comb through with your fingers. This will encourage your hair back into its’ natural ringlet form.
    • Squeeze a small amount of leave-in crème into your hands, rub through your fingers and apply to your ends first and slowly work your way up to the roots making sure the leave-in creme is evenly applied.
    • Either air dry your hair or use a diffuser with your hairdryer on a low speed.

5.Use a detangling product like our super nova elixir after you’ve washed and towel dried your hair (using a gentle blotting motion to avoid making more knots). Spray a small amount ofsuper novaevenly through your hair and detangle from the ends to the roots. Wallah!

6.Keep your hair regularly trimmed – simple but true. This helps keep your hair in tip-top condition.

7.Sleep on a silk pillowcase to reduce friction as you turn through the night.

8.Braid your hair before you go to bed again to reduce friction and knots forming.

9.If you’re suffering from super knots, try detangling with your fingers first.

10.Don’t try to detangle your hair when it’s dry or too wet as both of these will end in carnage. It’s a little like the story of the three bears; not too dry, not too wet, just damp makes for perfect detangling conditions.

11.Use leave-in crème to help manage your knots before they take hold.

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