Really bad knots/matted hair- HELP!

Hi everyone

Ok, so basically I let my hair care routine slide for a while, and the back of my hair has become SO dry and matted! It's all tangled and knotted and frizzy and just horrible and I don't know what to do to get the knots out. I have resorted to cutting it in the past but I really would rather not do that. I have type 3a hair. Does anyone have any advice on how to get the knots out and de-mattify it? Thanks!
I would get a jar of refined, virgin coconut oil (supermarket or health food store) and really just saturate the area you're talking about with it. Then starting with your fingers and working from the bottom up, slowly work the tangles and knots out. It'll be an oily mess while you're actually working, but when I use coconut oil to do oil rinses in the shower, my fingers just glide through my hair, plus the coconut oil rinses pretty cleanly with just a co-wash (It does for me anyway). I'd follow that up with a deep conditioning treatment.

DCs and detanglers would help prevent knots in the future. HTH.
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I would get a jar of refined, virgin coconut oil (supermarket or health food store) and really just saturate the area you're talking about with it. Then starting with your fingers and working from the bottom up, slowly work the tangles and knots out. It'll be an oily mess while you're actually working, but when I use coconut oil to do oil rinses in the shower, my fingers just glide through my hair, plus the coconut oil rinses pretty cleanly with just a co-wash (It does for me anyway). I'd follow that up with a deep conditioning treatment.

DCs and detanglers would help prevent knots in the future. HTH.
Originally Posted by Devushka
+1 to that one, oil always helps my hair as well when its a big tangled mess. last night i tried mixing same oil in my hand with my poo and just washed it all like that, n my fingers went went through my hair soooo easy. maybe if you tried finger combing in the shower itll help?

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Girl, I understand completely when it comes to knots, they can be to the point where you feel like you're stuck. Well, be careful with them because don't forget your hair is fine and knots make your hair even more prone to breakage. DONT CUT! I say to get a good conditioner in the shower and evenly distribute the conditioner. Add a little extra to the knotted area. Take a wide toothed comb and slowly begin to comb through it, continuously adding conditioner so the hair will naturally slip out of the knot. It'll take patience, but don't be rough because your hair is really sensitive at this point. To prevent future knots you should try to wrap your hair at night with a silk cloth (you can get them at a beauty supply store). Wrapping your hair in the silk will help keep your hair in place and prevent any of your curls to overlap each other, especially when or if you move at night. Hope this helps!
I have found also if I saturate my hair with evoo and or coconut oil the night before you go to cowash the mats seem to come out easier. It's almost as if the work themselves out while I am sleeping. It's worth a try.


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