What to Do About Severely Matted Hair After Hospital Stay?

As a hairstylist, I’ve encountered all types of matting, from mild to how-could-you-let-yourself-go-like-this severe. 

Thus far, the worst matting I’ve come across was from individuals who had stayed in the hospital for extended periods of time. I can empathize; though I’m extremely particular about my hair, haircare won’t be on the top of my “to-do” list if I were in a hospital, either! 

Detangling severely matted hair after a hospital stay may seem like an impossible task, especially if you haven’t touched your hair in months. And while it’s tempting to just cut off all the matting and start afresh, your hair can still be saved—and I’m here to show you how!

What Causes Severely Matted Hair During Hospital Stay? 

Matted hair is the Lovecraftian lovechild of knots and tangles. It occurs when strands of hair entwine around each other to form clumps or clusters of hair fibers. These hair fibers twist around in an interlocking pattern, causing them to “fuse” together. 

Without the right products and technique, matted can be incredibly painful to remove with just a comb or brush. 

Although more common amongst those with dry or textured hair types, like curls or coils, matted hair can happen to anyone. Oftentimes, it’s caused by a combination of physical, behavioral, and chemical factors, such as neglected hair care, poor hygiene, and product buildup from improperly shampooed or conditioned hair. 

All these factors can occur while you’re in the hospital. After all, not everyone has the time, energy, or patience