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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 30 2012 at 10:56am
Originally posted by 2coreysluvum 2coreysluvum wrote:

Originally posted by sasha299 sasha299 wrote:

First don't worry, it can be undone. Something similar happened to me and I did the following - I don't know what did the trick
1. I used my combination of oils - olive, JBCO, Sunflower, etc to soak the hair. Really saturate it.
2. without washing out the oils I saturated the hair with conditioner with slip - silicon mix and Tresseme. I put so much in there that my whole head was white. If it started disappearing I put more.
3. After letting it sit for a little while I started using my fingers ONLY to gently detangle from the ends. NO COMB or BRUSH. I started with a little section and worked my way from the ends to the roots of each section.
4. After each section was detangled I lightly twisted it - making sure it was still saturated with the conditioner.
5. After detangling my whole head I rinsed out the entire mixture because I could not find my comb BUT I recommend using a wide teeth comb and gently combing from ends to roots to remove the shed hair.
You can do it. Just don't let frustration build.
All of this and remember to TAKE YOUR TIME! I cant stress that enough. the last thing you wanna do in a moment of frustration is rake through your hair and rip it out...major set back! If you can, grab a chair and set infront of your mirror with some tea to sip on and take your time detangling. Good luck and update us when you are done.
eta: Oh yes one other thing that helps me after the dc of oil and conditioner is an ACV rinse...make my hair just lay down and behave...hth

shoot it's like you're describing what happened to my hair as though you'd witnessed it first hand lol that's exactly what happened to me. i was trying to take out minitwists following two washes. big mistake- i shouldn't have put water on them in the first darn place. Angry but since i did, i decided to address my matted roots by takin them down. twenty mins. in and i got so angry with the tiny little twigs on my head that i grabbed a comb (i knew this was gonna be awful before i even did that because i'm a finger detangler, period. you know something's gone wrong when i'm reachin for a comb!) I started tearing through my hair with that comb so hard that i had breakage falling like rain shower all over my living room couch. it was horrible. i didn't even care though because i just hated my hair so much. all that BSB hair gone down the drain in that one session- so promptly the next hour i grabbed my shears and took off 4 inches because that was my estimate of how much breakage i'd dealt lengthwise. 
haven't looked back since. now i've stayed away from minitwists AND from combs, and my hair's doing so much better. little breakage to none and no splits. halleluyah! Big smile

oh...but regarding your matting? i would just say let it soak in condish, maybe even sit under a steamer or whatnot, and handle your hair in sections, going through section by section, strand by strand gently taking strands out of the knotted areas so that you don't break them. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 23 2012 at 3:50am
Yup. NEVER wash your hair without detangling after braid removal. The shed hairs and knots will be murder. At the beginning of this year I got a little lazy with the detangling and left one section in the middle of my head tangled. Washed my hair, and lost a huge clump in the middle when I tried to comb it after it dried. Now I have a patch of straggly, uneven, rough hair where the knots ripped out as a reminder. Boy did I learn my lesson.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 24 2012 at 4:57pm
Have u been stretching your relaxer?
try to do the all process in braid. Wash/DC you hair in braid . 
I detangle first, with a big comb with oils,conditioner, then put my hair in braid ,wash,DC,wash, let dry in braid. I only remove the braid when my hair is dry. I v noticed that detangling my hair while  its socking wet doesn't work for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 26 2012 at 6:36pm
the same thing happened to me after I decided to leave my weave in for two months Cry i was so sad when I just saw clumps and clumps of my hair falling out in the shower. Sometimes I try and separate my hair into sections when I wash it just so I wont have a big tangled mess
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