22 Home Remedies Removing Knots from Hair

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home remedies for removing knots from your hair

Women with long hair already know the consequences of taking a thrill ride in a drop-top vehicle. Weather conditions and hair care habits are other factors that can contribute to unhealthy locks. The aftermath includes knots in the hair that can be quite difficult to untangle. However, when you need solutions that promote healthy strands, consider using home remedies for removing knots from hair.

home remedies removing knots from hair

Causes of Knotted Hair

Knots can develop in your hair because of the following factors:

• Split Ends – Split ends serve as a sign of weak, stressed hair that over time, can mix with healthy strands to form knots.

• Rough Hair Texture – Healthy hair is smooth and strong, while many factors (including poor hygiene habits) can cause scales to form on hair strands. A flaky surface can develop. Knots are made when hair gets caught between the scales.

• Heat – Blow dryers, curling irons, and straightening tools (like flat irons and hot combs) causes damage to hair that can lead to knotted locks.

• Wind and Water – Some types of hair are more prone to getting tangled in the wind or knotted under wet conditions.

• Dryness – Dry hair is one of the primary causes of knotted hair. The dryness is most likely caused by a lack of proteins and moisture. When hair is dry, tangled and matted – it is more prone to developing knots than hair with shine and luster.

Hair Knot Home Remedies

Knotted hair is a sign of unhealthiness. When left untreated, damaged strands can affect the overall shine, luster, smoothness and texture of the rest of your hair. To increase the appearance of your locks, untangle and repair with home remedies to remove knots from hair:

a) Embroidery Needle:

If you have the patience, you can use a curved embroidery needle to remove knots out of your hair. This might be your last resort when combing out tangles does not work. Carefully insert the needle into a knot and use it to gently loosen the knot. The curved shape of the needle provides extra help because it allows you to pull up strands with less fuss.

b) Ice Cube:

When knotted hair is the result of sticky foods, such as gum and candy, first try the ice cube method. The object is to get the substance cold enough to freeze. Hopefully, you can use your fingers to make the material crumble. Follow up by applying hair conditioner to dissolve the rest of the substance, and then loosen knots with a wide tooth comb.

c) Coconut Oil:

Providing a bit more protection for strands, coconut oil contains components that easily penetrate tangled hair. It is suggested to leave the oil on knotted hair overnight before washing out when you wake up in the morning. Afterwards, you can condition your hair with a blend of coconut oil and egg at least once a week to keep hair healthy. Apply the mixture for 30 minutes before washing hair.

d) Wear a Ponytail:

Avoid knots in the hair by tying back long hair in a ponytail. This will help prevent the tangles that develop from friction, movement, harsh weather conditions, as well as the tossing and turning during sleep. Ponytails are especially suggested for people with light, easily frizzy or extremely long hair. When wearing a ponytail, avoid holders made out of plastic or with metal trim. Neoprene elastic bands and cloth-covered elastic bands are preferred.

e) Say ‘No’ to Complicated Hairstyles:

If you experience a lot of knots in your hair, avoid the kinds of hairstyles that often end up in tangles – such as corn rows, braids, and more elaborate hairdos.

f) Hair Decorations:

To keep your hair in place and decrease your chances of knots in the hair, use barrettes, pins, and clips.

g) Lemon Juice:

Add a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to two cups of water, and use this remedy as a hair rinse, which helps detangle and get rid of hair knots.

h) Fingers:

When trying to pry knots out of a toddler’s hair, use your fingers and gently unravel all of the kinks until they are gone. To keep a toddler from squirming or protesting, sit in front of the television during their favorite DVD or cartoon.

i) Type of Comb:

There are different kinds of combs that can make untangling hair much easier to accomplish. It is recommended to have a fine straight comb, a straight comb with wide-spaced teeth, and wide toothed comb in your arsenal. When combing out knots, start from the bottom before slowly working your way up.

j) Type of Hairbrush:

Popular hairbrushes for untangling knots in the hair include a very fine hairbrush with natural bristles and a wide-toothed hairbrush made with soft artificial bristles.

k) Short Combing Strokes:

When combing knotted hair, use short strokes that start at the ends of the hair. You can then work your way up using increasingly longer strokes.

l) Do Not Wet:

To have a better chance of getting a knot out of your hair, do not wet the tangles as it can make your knots more difficult to loosen.

m) Combing at an Angle:

When using a straight comb, hold it at a 45 degree angle along the length of your tresses instead of perpendicular to hair. This will help maximize the surface area of the tool, as well as add shine to your hair.

n) Apple Cider Vinegar:

To get rid of tangles and knots in your hair, combine two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two cups of water to create a natural hair rinse. The acid in this rinse helps to balance out the pH of your hair, and can also act as a conditioner that helps when you try to work a knot out of your hair.

o) Mayonnaise:

To dissolve some of the substances that get stuck in hair and cause knots, consider rubbing in a bit of mayonnaise. Leave the remedy in for a few minutes, and then comb out the knot. Finish up by rinsing out the product.

p) Don’t Forget the Hairbrush:

It is common for people to favor a comb when trying to fix hair imperfections. Using a good-quality hairbrush can help remove tangles and prevent future knots from developing.

q) A Hat or Cap:

During windy days and other extreme weather conditions, wear something on your head to protect your strands from damage and tangling.

r) Hair Conditioner:

Avoid the pain of hair knots getting stuck in between the teeth of a comb by applying conditioner with your fingertips. Gently rub the knot to loosen away. For the best results, use a fine-toothed comb to distribute the proteins and nutrients contained in the conditioner.

s) Homemade Hair Conditioners:

To treat dry, damaged hair often plagued by knots, you can make a homemade conditioner for dry hair that consists of coconut oil, sesame oil, honey and cider vinegar [1]. Pour 2 teaspoons of sesame oil and 1 ½ teaspoons into a small saucepan. Warm the ingredients over low heat, but make sure that it does not boil. Remove the pan from the burner and stir in 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. While the remedy is still warm, use the mixture on hair after a shampoo. Leave the conditioner on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. This remedy will also treat the split ends and broken shafts that can lead to future hair knots.

t) Olive Oil:

When there is no conditioner in the house, you can use olive oil instead – followed up with a wide-tooth comb.

u) Peanut Butter[2]:

Peanut butter can be used to break down the substances that can cause knots in your hair. Rub the PB on knotted hair and leave on for a couple of minutes. Next, run a comb over affected strands. Finish up by rinsing out the peanut butter and any other residue.

v) Limit Your Hair Product Use[3]:

The amount of hair waxes, gels, sprays and creams that you use can increase your chances of suffering knots. The chemicals and stickiness of these products cause flakes, dryness and breakage.


[1] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder; pg. 100.

[2] http://www.ehow.com/way_5695438_home-braids-_amp_-knots-hair.html

[3] https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/health-and-beauty/hair-care/stop-hair-damage