If you have ever run your hands through your hair and found your hand at a stand-still, you have come across a knot or a tangle. These are very common in all hair types across the board. We have all battled and forced a comb through them, sometimes with bad results and less hair. It is not a pleasant experience, but one we can try to lessen through good hair routines and product usage.
Tangles are caused by the interlocking of the outer layer of hair (cuticle). This means that the outer layer is open and may be damaged. The more damage to the cuticle, the more tangly hair can become. A healthy cuticle tends to be smooth and closed. Knots are when hair literally goes into a knot (kind of like tangles tangling with tangles). These are usually caused by uncovered hair on windy days, excessive movement during sleep, or other adverse hair-moving actions. In the end, healthy hair is the best deterrent to tangles and knots.
Knots and Tangles do not have to be a way of life. There are solutions to your hair woes. A wide-toothed comb and a detangling product are great for easing out tangles. When combing, it is best to start from the ends and work your way up the hair to keep from creating more tangles and knots. When trying to save your hair while sleeping, silk pillow cases or polished cotton pillow cases and satin bonnets or hair wraps are great for those who toss and turn. These have slippery surfaces and lessen the roughening up of the outer layer of hair so it does not latch together. During the day hats or protective styles such as braids or buns can help save hair from those windy, blustery days.
And when all else fails, a haircut may be necessary by an experienced hairstylist.