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By the way, you want the Cowboy Magic "detangler and shine," not the conditioner or the shampoo. That particular product has dimethicone and cyclomethicone in it, which are both silicones.
I had to order it online to get it. They didn't carry it at the local pet stores. They should have dematting combs, though. Just be careful when you use the comb. You only want to do a tiny section of the mat at a time. If you try to saw through a whole mat from the skin outward, you'll end up pulling on the hair pretty hard and you'll cut a lot of hair you don't have to cut.
Pick through it a bit at a time, from the outer part toward the skin, using the time of a grooming rake, the dematter where necessary, and some kind of conditioner to lubricate it.
If the dog is sensitive to having her tail messed about with, have a partner distract her from the front with a wooden spoon covered with peanut butter, or something equally wonderful. The fridge trick is great if you don't have somebody to help you.