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How to Detangle Matted Hair, According to an Expert

Matted hair is no joke. Whether due to hairspray, general wear and tear, or from some other circumstance, we’ve all felt like our strands were one step away from the point of no return at one time or another. That’s why we need to know how to detangle matted hair.

Rest assured we’re here to the rescue, thanks to KEVIN.MURPHY Session Stylist, Sarah Lund. Keep reading for her detailed pointers on how to detangle matted hair.

Detangle Matted Hair in 5 Easy Steps

1. Begin by misting hair with a leave-in conditioner—one that has lots of slip.

*she recommends KEVIN.MURPHY’s UN.TANGLED.

2. Start pulling apart the easier knots with your fingers. Continue to separate as much hair from the mats as possible at this point. Note: Be gentle! Don force or rip any sections out, only pull apart what comes relatively easily.

3. Respray knots with more UN.TANGLED. For really tight or large knots, you may want to opt for a deep moisturizing conditioner, allowing the product to absorb for 15 min. 


4. Use a detailing brush or comb to work through the knots. Starting at the bottom of the mat, slowly and gently detangle from the bottom up, taking your time to preserve as much hair as possible. Continue to spray with leave-in as needed. 

5. Once all knots are removed, rinse hair with cool water and brush thoroughly. 

Tips to Prevent Mats in the Future

1. Keep hair properly moisturized! Dry, brittle hair is more prone to tangling up! KEVIN.MURPHY’s SMOOTH.AGAIN is a great choice on damp hair before drying.

2. Use an oil to keep hair nourished every day, and especially on wash day.

*she recommends KEVIN.MURPHY’s YOUNG.AGAIN.

3. Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction.

4. Sleep with hair in a wrap, bun or braid to prevent tangles while sleeping.

If you want to avoid matted hair, using one of THESE detanglers is a good place to start!

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