My hair has two large tight knots the size of a fifty cent piece. I have tried EVERY tip that I was able to find on line. Nothing has worked. The only thing I have not tried is a wet brush as I do not have one.

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    Can you post a close up pic so we can get a good idea of just how knotty we're dealing with?
    – Caius Jard
    Nov 20, 2019 at 20:58
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    Possible duplicate of How do I untangle matted/knotted hair
    – Stephie
    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:38
  • Welcome! We already have a Q/A on the topic, the asker’s problem seems even worse than your two knots. Speaking from experience (I have very long hair prone to matting at the nape and a daughter with even worse child hair), the “poke gently” approach is the most effective. But even more important is prevention, ranging from a good conditioner to plaiting hair when you plan to do something that you know will cause tangles.
    – Stephie
    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:43

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Try soaking the knots wet, like, when you wash the hair, then apply a good amount of conditioner and gently work it through the knots and the area around them. Be careful not to entangle it more. Then gently comb it with a very large-toothed comb. Once it's mostly untangled you can move to a finer toothed comb to finish the job. My hair is VERY prone to get entangled, and it works fine for me.


I also suffer from this issue, having thick, curly hair.

My technique is to spend a long time in the shower with lots of shampoo in my hair. I just work my hair with my hands like a brush for 10-15 minutes, with the shampoo in it. I find this loosens the hair up a lot. I then use conditioner and do the same thing.

I've found that once I'm out of the shower, its very easy to brush.


The way I have always managed to untangle knots in my hair was to take it out from the (bottom) edge and tiny bits at a time.
It helps when you are can see what you are doing, if only in a mirror.

Tease a bit out, with a comb or even the single spike some combs have, or a hair pin if you happen to own one.
Keep teasing bits on the edge, till the whole is so small that the edge you work on is the middle.

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