I haven't tried this yet, but "vivasmom" made a suggestion for eliminating her daughter's (gorgeous hair :P ) morning matted hair:
"I either section it into four sections and just do regular braid, or I try to do a french type braid
. OR, tonight for example, she didn't get her hair wet in the tub tonight, she wore her hair in 4 ponytails today, so when her bath was over, I just combined 2 sections and made a braid (not french or anything, just a regular braid)
so she had two braids on the sides of her hair. I didn't wet it or comb it or manipulate it in any way. It took about 3 minutes total. but will save me 1/2 hour in the morning. Now I will just unbraid in the AM, add avocado oil, sprotz with water mixed with conditioner
and either re-braid or do ponytails. 5 minutes of work tops"