I have KNOTS in my hair after having it in ponytails or buns...suggestions?

Okay so I play volleyball so not putting my hair up is not an option, but I've noticed after I have my hair in a ponytail or bun the hair seems to knit together really close to my roots and it makes for PAINFUL detangling. Any suggestions for how I can stop these knots from happening? Am I making my ponytails too tight or something?

2 Answers

I have yet figured this out myself but what i do it get a cheap conditioner and mix with water in a spray bottle an spray the roots to loosen things up a bit 
try a braid! Trust me it works a lot better for preventing knots.