How To Untangle Hair Snarls

Woman with improper hair care

Years ago, mothers often used a tradition of fairy folklore to wake up her daughter, by whispering into her ears that she had caught fairy locks, meaning fairies had tangled up and knotted her hair, playing with it all night! But this story never worked when the daughter grew up. It became more of a nightmare called snarled hair!

Hair snarls can be quite painful to untangle... many times, resulting in losing handfuls of hair while untangling them. However, with proper care and treatment, you can get rid of the annoyance and frustration of untangling hair snarls.


  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • De-tangling spray
  • A medium-toothed comb
  • A nylon-bristled brush

The wet method:

Wash hair using a gentle shampoo and rinse it thoroughly. Apply conditioner to wet hair liberally, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Avoid applying conditioner to the roots as this could damage the roots and make them weak, resulting in hair loss. Use a medium-toothed comb to untangle the hair, working again from the bottom of the hair up toward the roots. Finally, gently cover the hair with a towel. Keep this on for about 10-15 minutes and pat dry. Use a nylon-bristled brush to dry.

The dry method:

Use a de-tangling spritz on dry hair. This is readily available at any pharmacy or hair care store. Hold the snarl and use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to untangle gently, again working from the bottom of the hair up toward the roots. 

Tips on hair care:

  1. There are various forms for hair care products available in the market to tackle various bad hair-day issues. Conditioning your hair after a shampoo is the most vital process of hair care and using a shampoo and conditioner that best suits your hair is a plus. Be sure to pick the ones that match your hair type. Once you have tested and approved them, continue using the same brand to avoid hair issues such as hair snarl, hair loss, dry hair, etc.
  2. Avoid the use of small-toothed combs on wet hair.  Instead use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to untangle your hair snarls.
  3. Always work the hair snarls starting from the bottom of your hair up towards the roots.
  4. A healthy diet and proper sleep habits will also show amazing changes in your hair.
  5. The longer the hair, the more the tangles you get. Dust and grime while travelling could damage your hair and result in hair snarls. So if you travel to work and back home, make sure you cover your hair with a fashionable hat.
  6. Open air, such as riding in a convertible, can cause hair snarls, hence braiding or knotting it helps prevent the hair snarls.
  7. Use two towels if needed, to dry your hair. Do not rub the towel on your scalp, instead dab and squeeze out excess water.

Hair snarls are every woman's worst enemy (among other things), so make sure you take proper care of your hair!


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