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How to Detangle Hair With Minimal Damage
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Sep 17, 2021
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How to Detangle Hair With Minimal Damage

Knotted hair...chances are you’ve experienced it. Whether it’s due to trying out new hair products and styles or just sleeping on your hair, it’s bound to happen.

And if you’re ever in a rush, the absolute worst thing you can do is go wild brushing out your knots and risking damaged hair.

 Since you can’t escape the dreaded knots, the real obstacle is how you deal with them.

Here, we’ll give some tips and tricks on detangling your knots, resulting in minimal damage safely.

Why Do Knots Happen?

Before we get into some suggestions on safely detangling your knots, let’s discuss where they form.

A knot occurs when two strands of hair get interwoven. Now, two tiny strands getting tangled may not seem harmful, right?

Well, when the strand’s outer layer is damaged, the likelihood of the knot bringing on more strands increases. And if your hair is hot, dry, or colored, it is more likely to have knots. This also holds true for natural, curly, or long hair.

If your hair falls under any of these categories, you’ll want to pay even more attention to properly detangling your hair.

How to Safely Detangle Hair

Find the Right Brush or Comb

First things first! Find a good brush or wide-toothed comb that works for knots.

For some, a paddle brush may do the trick. For many others, a wide-tooth comb is your best bet.

If you have hair that is more susceptible to breakage and tangles, a durable wide-tooth comb is one of the best ways to detangle knots.

A wide-tooth comb is also a great tool to use against knots forming in the first place. So, it will significantly benefit you to use one daily to detangle dry or wet hair gently.

Start From the Bottom

One of the worst things you can do to tangled hair is brush or comb it from your roots down. It leads to breakage, split ends, and hair loss.

It is essential to go through the bottom inches of your hair and work your way up while combing down as you go.

It will also help you to take small segments at a time when going through your hair. And when you encounter a knot, gently focus on just the knot and not the rest of your hair.

You’ll want to make sure you aren’t excessively pulling on the hair strands because too much force can lead to hair loss and potential baldness.

Find a Good Conditioner

The easiest way to avoid tangles is to comb your wet hair while conditioning it. After you apply your conditioner, let it settle in for a few minutes, allowing your hair to absorb the vitamins and nutrients in the conditioner.

You should use a conditioner with healthy, nourishing ingredients that repair your hair as you’re conditioning it.

At iRESTORE, we recommend our Thickening Conditioner, our unique, lightweight conditioner that helps strengthen hair follicles and restore hair health. It is infused with biotin, argan oil, ginseng, and other nutrients to repair damaged hair, leaving your hair soft and smooth.

Use Your Fingers

For detangling, your fingers can often be as effective as using a comb.

When using your fingers, be gentle to avoid further damage.

Once you’ve gotten most of the knots out, you can then go in with your brush or comb to finish it out.

Properly Dry Your Hair

I know you’ve probably done it. After washing your hair, you either throw a towel over it or quickly dive into using the hairdryer.

Well, neither of these tactics are particularly recommended.

You already put the work in to get through those knots when your hair was wet safely, so don’t backtrack on your progress by roughly drying your hair.

 Use a soft microfiber towel on your hair and never wring or shake your hair dry because this will lead to tangles....the ONE thing we’re trying to avoid!

And, as I’m sure you’ve heard before, don’t overuse your hair dryer because the heat can damage your hair as well.


As if this hasn’t been drilled in enough, take your time and be patient when detangling your knots!

 We understand. It’s frustrating, and you don’t want to deal with it. But you’ll only be kicking yourself later if you don’t take your time to tackle it properly.

 Do not, and I will repeat, DO NOT try to pull and force your comb or brush through your hair. That will only lead to more frustration, hair loss, and pain.

 Our end goal is to strengthen your hair, not damage it!

 Now, let’s say you have implemented the above suggestions but are still experiencing unwanted changes with your hair, including thinness and balding. In that case, iRESTORE is your trusty one-stop shop for all your hair restoration needs.

 For thinning and balding, we recommend you try our FDA-cleared red light therapy Professional and Essential devices for you to grow thicker, fuller hair.

 Our devices help produce healthy skin cells and provide a healthy environment for hair growth without any side effects.

 For oral, daily nutrients, we recommend our tasty Hair Gummy Vitamins made with all-natural ingredients designed to nourish your hair, skin, and nails. These will give your hair and skin the vitamins that they crave.

 Lastly, our DHT Blocker Formula is a vitamin blend made of ingredients to improve hair density, combat hair loss, and improve overall hair health.

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