OLD Braids Takedown: How to Safely Detangle MATTED & TANGLED Hair | Natural Hair

OLD Braids Takedown: How to Safely Detangle MATTED & TANGLED Hair | Natural Hair

Eww, I bet she didn’t even wash it. The braids are down and now I want to explain my hair at this point. So. I did experience matting and I’m not surprised considering the amount of time that I left those braids up. I’ve experienced this before and it’s okay because I know how to deal with it. I want to show what I do just in case it helps you So, let’s go. This is about how much new growth I have. Where I’m making circles is where a braid was when this braid pattern was new and fresh. And… this is where the braid was when I took that braid down. This is also where the hair is matted. I experienced matting because I left the braids up for far longer than the recommended time. I shed hair on a daily basis, but because my hair was braided the shed hair had nowhere to go. So, overtime the hair strands began to tangle all up and mat. I do not try to pull the matted hair apart. I just clamp it away and continue on with the takedown. In some areas of my head my hair is more matted, like on the left side, in the back, and the crown. And in places, I can’t even see my scalp or the full length of my hair because the hair is tangled at the root Now that you’ve seen my matted hair, here’s the first thing that I do to take care of matting without causing damage. After dividing the hair into sections, I apply product and squeeze it in at the roots all the way down to where the hair is matted. I do not run my fingers through the matted section of hair, or try to separate it. I apply more product on the hair shaft and smooth it in But, I only smooth where the hair is not matted. Squeezing gets the product to the hair strands that are matted, without causing too much manipulation, like a comb or a brush would. Then, the product will soften the dirt and the tangles. At this point, combs and other detangling tools are really unnecessary. So, I am ready to move on to steaming. After applying the product, I pin my hair and get ready for a D.I.Y steaming session. This is great if you’re a college student and don’t have a lot to spend on a steamer. Trust me, I’ve been where you are. So, here’s what you can do… Take a plastic bag and cover your hair. Get a face towel and dip it in warm water, as warm as you can stand it, and place it on top of the plastic bag. Get a second plastic bag and put it over the warm towel. Then, get a bonnet or scarf and place it on top of that plastic bag and there you have it. The purpose of the bonnet was to trap in my body heat and the heat from the towel. The purpose of the warm towel was to add moist heat. Since hair reacts to heat the heat will help the product to penetrate my hair strands, and work quicker to soften the dirt, tangles and overall matting. The purpose of the plastic bags was to hold steam from the warm towel and to keep the towel from lying directly on my head. And now, I’m ready to finger-detangle. My goal for steaming was to make the hair softer and more pliable, and it worked! The hair is now conditioned, but of course, it’s still very dirty. My goal for this step is to separate the tangles at the root. I gently tug the hair and work my way down. If I get to an angry knot, I stop, and try to work it out strand by strand Of course, I couldn’t save every single strand of hair, which for me, is impossible. I repeat the same step throughout my entire head, working my fingers ever so slightly, to separate the hair. [Music] I’ve reached my goal for this step, so now I move on to the next step. After finger-detangling, I will now detangle using a wide-tooth comb. I will show this step in real-time and unedited for a while because I want you to see exactly how I do it. Just to note, I never go right into washing or shampooing my hair, right after a protective style. From my past experiences, it will only make tangling worse. I always rest my hair after protective styles. If I wear extensions or braids, I never go right back and re-install them just after I’ve taken them down. My hair would really be mad if I did that. Besides, protective styles such as braids or extensions are not necessary to grow longer hair. To ensure that I’ve thoroughly detangled, I go a step further and use a bristle brush the same way that I use this comb, but, I didn’t show that step in this video. Here’s a recap… I faithfully washed and deep conditioned my hair while wearing braids. I didn’t use a comb to take down the braids nor did I try to separate the matted hair. I applied a D.I.Y mixture of herbs, oils, honey and water and then squeezed it in. I saved money by doing a D.I.Y steam session using plastic bags and a towel dipped in warm water. I finger-detailed. Finally, I used a comb and a bristle brush. Well, that’s how I safely detangle my matted hair after a protective style. Thanks for spending time with me. Take care of yourself. And I will see you at the next party!

100 thoughts on “OLD Braids Takedown: How to Safely Detangle MATTED & TANGLED Hair | Natural Hair

  1. 💜Hello! If you are interested in seeing how I braid my beehive braiding patterns like the one in this video, then I have a step-by-step, start to finish, beginner friendly video posted for you on this channel. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/uYsH83nRHBg
    Thanks everyone for watching, liking, and leaving a comment for me to see. I appreciate you and I hope each video helps in some way or another! Take Care! 💜😘

  2. I’m not one to comment much BUT thank you for this video!! Since finding your video, this will be my 4th time doing your routine. My hair is 4c, extremely thick. This works for me! Doing it now so I decided to post while the towel is on my head 😂😁

  3. My husband is always joking about me getting a wig or dreads since i have extremely fine and thin hair. But i am a cna and i like to be able to style all my peoples hair not just the ones like mine! Watching your channel plus others gives me the knowledge to help make even an 80yr old alzheimer resident feel beautiful again! Thank you for all the tips and tricks!

  4. Thank you for a street port into the point video on taking care of matted hair and yes I would love to see your video on the bee hive braids.😇🙏🏾👌🏾

  5. Im so interested in seeing such a session done with a tangle Teezer and If It would be more helpfull than a comb 🧐

  6. I’m a white boy with short European hair who is not even a hair stylist or else and I have been drowned in your video !! The way you explain is spot on ! So instructive !! Ahah it will not be useful at all for me but that was gooood 😉

  7. The day before I take the braids down, I would soak my hair in coconut oil overnight and then take down the braids the next day…The tangles almost melt apart.

  8. You are so gentle with your scalp and hair. Sometimes I just take through mine like it's old leaves. I'm going to be more gentle.

  9. As a person that goes through bouts of depression and not wanting to groom my hair THANK YOU!!! OMG, I never knew this process could be so painless.

  10. Who else is paper white yet watching all these videos to try and better inform themselves (and because they’re interesting)

    I really appreciate the info on ingredients too as 'take down remover" is SO VERY EXPENSIVE! so u used olive oil and slippery elm and honey and water. Id love it if you could tell us how many parts to parts and how many 'cups' or oz you use. my hair and tangles are long and large. too long in bed with depression. I think ill need about 16oz to squeeze through….anyway…. YOU ROCK GIRL! THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE TIME AND THE COOL SHARE!
    best wishes depressed no more deb, and sick of wearing berets!

  12. At 7:42 what about natural hairstyles? Like Bantu knots/twist outs? Twist hair or cornrows? Would that work in between hairstyles? My hair almost immediately needs to be done after a take down because if I don't do it, I will immediately have bed head and still to this day idk how it's possible to have matted/bad hair by morning😂☺😂😁

  13. From beginning to end, by far one the very best presentations Iv seen. Concise commentary with demonstration. Perfect.

  14. Brings me back to my curly days when I had hair…i spent hours doing stuff like this and I'm white..

    My hair was so thick and curly
    Awww the good aul days..

    Love this video its done so perfectly all broken down in steps
    Love Your hair too 💯

  15. Great video! My arms were aching just watching all the work you put into it. No wonder your hair is so beautiful!

  16. Wow I really wanted to see the end result!!
    You taught me a lot; I had no idea how much work and time it takes to take care of your hair. Quite a process and thank you for sharing. Very instructional and informative.

  17. Thank you for sharing this, I'm gonna try it rn, I had my hair in an African threading style for almost 2 months now

  18. I LOVE how informative this video is, ugh, where was this when I ran into this problem when I took down my old sew in? 😭

  19. 💜You're So Kind to Do This 💜 For YouTube – Virgins Please Explain How do You Insert Sentences in Your Videos? for example: 4:51 – "To Hold Steam"

  20. I'm white and have straight fine hair but ever since i was a toddler I've twisted my hair into giant knots in my sleep.. Every single morning for 20 years I've had to get them out and it takes forever and kills my hair. Im gonna try this and try to lessen this damage 😭

  21. I have a magical way of doing this very same thing!! Warm water with Apple cider vinegar!! It's gets these same results!!

  22. I wish I discovered your video earlier! the last time I took out my weave my hair was so matted I ended up crying out of exhaustion lmao
    Definitely trying this next time!

  23. That new growth turned me on 😂 but I was looking for cornflakes on the scalp, and some combing of cornflakes😔

  24. All my respect, I could never spend so much time on my hair. But, I am jealous, you hair is just so beautiful and all the styles you can manage… my weird Mexican hair could never 😔

  25. Similar techniques can be used on super matted wigs. I brought an old wig back to life from saturating with a misting sprayer bottle then adding Bobo Remy leave in conditioner. Then used a boar bristle brush starting at close to end down, then a few inches higher each time and somewhat superficially and then going in deeper on the mannequin head. I do believe wigs and braids can save u time but to not become overly dependant on them. Your scalp needs periodic massage and periodic brushing to remove shedding and prevent knots and dry scalp. Thanks for demystifying how to take down braids and giving great advise.

  26. Your video was so helpful. I’m taking down my box braids and have some matted hair on the edges and other areas. For several of the braids, I tried separating the matted hair with my fingers and got discouraged that I pulled my hair out. After watching your video, I’m going to get those products to help with taking down my hair. I am a gray natural, 4C, and my hair is thin. Where can I find slippery elm bark? Thanks!

  27. I wish I could’ve seen this video after I took down my crochets back in April 2018. My hair grew soooo much within 6 weeks after my birthday. A lot of hair came out but my hair was still long and full of growth. 💪🏾 Next time, I can use these steps and I’ll be just fine. Thanks for this video. Great job. 💪🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🙂

  28. You have the patience of job. I had mine faux locs for 3 and a half months. And it was a pain to un Matt. I used apple cider vinegar which did the trick but I learned next time 6-8 weeks is the max I'll leave a protective style in

  29. how did you mix everything together for the mix you put in, did you just throw it all in a bottle and shake it? and what oils ?

  30. I always thought that you can't get rid of all the dirt if you wash your hair while it is still braided. Pls share your experiences. Thanks

  31. Hloo hi dears whoeva z watching this video with mi in 2019 cud u please help me with the name of that liquid she used when steaming her hair… please

  32. Your hair doesn't even look dirty it looks very clean but I could never leave braids in for that long just because I'm always changing my hair

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