Asian woman finger-combing her tangled hair

How to Fix and Prevent Tangled Hair

Say goodbye to hair knots with these easy tips to fix tangled hair.

Don’t you just hate it when your hair gets tangled? Knots make it difficult for your hair to be brushed, but tangled hair is more than just an inconvenience. It’s a sign that your hair is dry and most likely damaged. Without enough moisture locked in, your strands can get intertwined and form knots instead of sliding off of each other. And the more tangled your hair becomes, the bigger tendency you have to brush it hard, which can lead to more damage and breakage.

Don’t worry, though. We’ve listed down some easy solutions to help you fix and minimize hair knots. Check them out below.

Easy Tangled Hair Solutions to Try

1. Use a hair serum.

Asian woman applying hair serum to tangled hair
A drop of hair serum makes your hair smooth and easy to detangle. Credit: Hariono Halim

A hair serum is often the go-to product when you want to make your hair shiny. But did you know that it can also help you detangle your hair? It leaves a non-greasy, moisturizing layer on your hair to help your comb glide through your hair more smoothly. So, make sure to include a bottle of hair serum like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum in your hair care arsenal. This hair serum has keratin and marula oil, giving your hair five benefits in one product. It calms frizz, detangles knots, adds shine, makes your hair soft, and tames flyaways.

Bottle of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum is easy to use. Just dispense a pump onto your palm, rub your palms together, and apply evenly from the mid-lengths of your hair down to the tips. If your hair is long and thick, you may need to apply more to make sure all your strands are coated so they won’t get dry and end up tangled.

2. Massage your fingers through your hair when you shampoo.

Tangled hair: Asian woman shampooing her hair
Shampoo your hair more thoroughly while minimizing tangles with this technique. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Do you pile your hair like a huge blob on your head when you shampoo your hair? It’s time to ditch this hair habit, as this can make your hair tangled after washing. Instead, pour shampoo onto your palms and let your fingers glide through your hair from the roots to the tips. This also helps in evenly distributing the shampoo and its nutrients all over your hair.

3. Always condition your hair.

Asian woman wearing a robe and applying conditioner to her hair
Don’t forget to condition your hair every time you wash your tresses. Credit: Natasha Estelle

When you shampoo your hair, not only dirt and grease get washed away but also your hair’s natural oils. So, make sure to use a conditioner after shampooing to bring back lost moisture to your hair and make it smooth and soft.

Bottle of TRESEMME Keratin SMooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner

Editor’s tip: After shampooing, use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner, which is formulated with KERA10 Protein Complex that penetrates your hair up to 10 layers deep. It gives your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash! These include detangling and strengthening your hair, making it soft and smooth, fighting frizz, and taming flyaways, among others.

4. Finger-comb your hair as you rinse it.

Tangled hair: Asian woman rinsing her hair
Gently finger-combing your hair while it’s wet can help detangle it. Credit: Dennie Ramon

This helps in keeping your strands aligned and in minimizing knots as you finish washing your hair. When you’re done rinsing your hair, gently squeeze out excess water and pat your hair using a soft towel to minimize frizz and breakage.

5. Detangle using a wide-tooth comb.

Asian woman combing her tangled hair
Let your wide-tooth comb be your trusty friend when detangling your hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

It’s not advisable to use a hair brush when getting rid of knots on wet or damp hair. This is because hair is at its weakest when wet, and the friction from your brush bristles can make your strands brittle and damaged. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair one small section at a time. You can also use a wet brush, which is designed for wet hair. It has softer and more flexible bristles that glide more gently through your strands.

6. Brush your hair the right way.

Asian woman brushing her hair
Yes, there is a right way to brush and comb your hair! Credit: Dennie Ramon

When brushing your hair, hold your hair near the tips to minimize pulling as you detangle the ends first. Then, detangle from the mid-lengths down to the tips before you start brushing from the roots down to the ends to smoothen your hair.

7. Put your long hair in a bun or braid when it’s windy.

Asian woman with a bun hairstyle wearing a long yellow dress
Keep your hair from getting messy and tangled by putting it in a bun. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Aside from keeping strands off your face, buns and braids also help your strands stay in place, preventing hair knots. Just make sure your bun or braid is not too tight to prevent hair damage.

8. Get a hair mask treatment.

Asian woman putting on a shower cap
Make hair mask treatments part of your hair care routine. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Hair masks deeply condition and moisturize your hair, so these treatments can help avoid getting tangled hair. These are especially helpful if your hair is extremely dry, or if you have natural waves or curls, as these hair types can benefit from all the moisture and nourishment they can get.

Canister of Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Treatment Creme

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair smooth and sleek by using Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Treatment Crème regularly. It has keratin relaxers that tame frizz, keratin serum that revives hair from damage, and keratin essence that restores shine to extremely dry and dull hair. Use it at least once a week for best results. 

9. Trim split ends.

Closeup shot of a woman checking her hair for split ends
Get rid of split ends as soon as you spot them to prevent further hair damage. Credit: Shutterstock

Split ends are a sign of damaged hair cuticles, which make your tresses more prone to getting tied up in knots. If left unchecked, the ends may split all the way to the hair shaft, causing more damage.

To trim your split ends, take a small section of hair (about an inch wide) and twist it tightly. When you see strands popping out of the twist, trim them using a sharp pair of scissors.

And that’s it! With these tips on how to fix tangled hair, you can get rid of hair knots and prevent them, too. Incorporate these tips into your daily hair care routine, and your tresses will thank you.