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If you have long hair, tangles can also be signs of damage. Anytime hair is weak, the potential for knot-caused breakage increases, says Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York City.
Tress test: Put your hair in a bun during a workout. If you can't run your fingers through it when you let it down afterward, try these tips.
Start at the bottom. Combing wet hair from the roots will only push tangles farther down the shaft. Instead, start from the ends and work your way up. Mist stubborn spots with a leave-in conditioner; we like It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product ($18, itsa10haircare.com for salons).
Braid for impact. Winter winds can kick up more knots. According to a Tresemmé survey, 52 percent of women are likely to throw in the towel when styling their hair on a windy day. Before stepping out, work hair into a tight braid to protect it.