holy moly...detangling

i'm taking a break from detangling my hair. i just did half and it took about an hour. i'm tired!!!

i'm trying the method in chicoro's book to dry detangle with my fingers and if needed wet a little or put a little oil or conditioner. i feel like i'm doing it right but holy moly it's taking a long time...

i should add i haven't detangled in a month or more...

i hope it gets easier from here on out. i'm going to try to stay on top of it!
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A month?! That's all it would take for me to lock up.
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Put that hair up in a protective style and you won't be detangling as much... Please believe, my hair sees a comb once a month....

I detangle dry as well (slightly damp, with a conditioner).
A month?! That's all it would take for me to lock up.
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
tell me about it! i had some locs at the ends. oh well, if i don't get the hang of all this i will "officially" loc again at the end of the year...

Put that hair up in a protective style and you won't be detangling as much... Please believe, my hair sees a comb once a month....

I detangle dry as well (slightly damp, with a conditioner).
Originally Posted by frogirl
well i had done two strand twists but that just makes my hair loc up on the ends. i don't have enough hair for a bun so i'll have to figure something out. right now i've got big twists to sleep in. i guess if i did this every day my hair would stay less tangly...oh well after all that hard work i'm going to sleep like a baby!
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Last edited by luvmylocs; 06-05-2009 at 10:46 PM.
A month?! That's all it would take for me to lock up.
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
tell me about it! i had some locs at the ends. oh well, if i don't get the hang of all this i will "officially" loc again at the end of the year...

Put that hair up in a protective style and you won't be detangling as much... Please believe, my hair sees a comb once a month....

I detangle dry as well (slightly damp, with a conditioner).
Originally Posted by frogirl
well i had done two strand twists but that just makes my hair loc up on the ends. i don't have enough hair for a bun so i'll have to figure something out. right now i've got big twists to sleep in. i guess if i did this every day my hair would stay less tangly...oh well after all that hard work i'm going to sleep like a baby!
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
Yeah, I haven't done two strand twists yet cause I keep having lock flashbacks. That's how I started mine...I KNOW I need to detangle once a week or there will be locking problems. And I'm right there with you man! If I can't get this loose natural ish together, I'm going back to being a locked hot mama!!!
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really? wow. how did you manage not to detangle for a month? there should be an award of some kind of that !!

i love the raking your fingers through your hair gently to detangle though it only takes me 30 minutes to get through my whole head if i have been moisturizing daily. i dont actually detangle with a comb unless im in the shower washing or cowashing my hair and then it is wet so its no big deal at all.

youll get through it lol

how does ones hair just loc up? mine has never done that and i dont want it to!!
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Banding has really helped me avoid the worst of the tangles. Highly recommend it. It was strange, I had less tangles when I took out the bands than when I put them in. I was using banding to avoid further tangles and decided not to thoroughly detangle beforehand as I was being lazy. I figured I wouldn't have any new tangles but I still would have the original ones, but nope, somehow it actually made detangling the original tangles easier too or made them disappear or something.

Some tips you probably already know:
1. Start from the ends and work your way up, I am really bad about wish bone detangling which only creates more tangles.

2. Apparently the longer hair gets the better it is to detangle dry or at least not soaking wet.

3. But if your hair is still short, wet hair with conditioner in it is very helpful, makes tangles melt.

4. Detangle the worst of the tangles before you wet your hair completely. Didn't do this one time and got a huge loc I just ended up having to cut. If you do decide to put hair away for a month in twists whatever you do make sure you detangle and remove shed hair after taking twists down before shampooing. Otherwise, Lock city.

5. Put hair into sections with ponytail holders. It's kind of like when I had to read an assigned book I marked sections to tackle and it made it seem more manageable than one big book. You feel proud when you have finished 5 whole sections and can see you only have 3 sections to go.


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Maybe you should start detangling more often so that it's not as big as a challenge when you do. I detangle once a week and I have little to no problems getting through my hair. However, I do know if I waited a month I would prob end up cutting it off from the massive amts of tangles and shedding that would have intertwined in my hair.
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really? wow. how did you manage not to detangle for a month? there should be an award of some kind of that !!

i love the raking your fingers through your hair gently to detangle though it only takes me 30 minutes to get through my whole head if i have been moisturizing daily. i dont actually detangle with a comb unless im in the shower washing or cowashing my hair and then it is wet so its no big deal at all.

youll get through it lol

how does ones hair just loc up? mine has never done that and i dont want it to!!
Originally Posted by CoaCoaBean08
If your hair is course enough, just put them in twists and don't take the twists out - ever. Go about your business shampooing and such, just never take the twists out. As you get new growth, just twist the roots and keep on truckin'. How long it takes to lock depends on you hair but I was completely locked in about 8 months. BUT my hair started to lock in about 3 weeks.
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I detangle my hair with conditioner only while dry.

Like KinkyKeeper, I use ponytail bands to separate.

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Hey girlie! I feel your pain...or rather- I felt your pain! When I went first became natural, I began to doubt my decision because it literally took 2-3 hours to go thru little section by little section detangling my hair. On Monday, June 8th, this will have been a year ago. FINALLY like 3 weeks ago I decided to go to a salon to get my hair done and my stylist sprayed a detangler on my hair after washing it and the comb literally glided thru my hair! No problem! I panicked cuz I thought she had put some sort of chemical in my hair! Turns out- it was just a GREAT detangler! It's called VIA Natural Detangler. And it was only $2.99 at my local BSS. I didn'y even know it existed! Now- it takes 10 - 15 minutes to detangle my hair instead of 2 -3 hours. You need this product!!
luvmylocks,

you would rather lock instead of returning to a shorter style?

when my hair was longer and worn in bun, i would only comb/untangle it once a month. i did run my fingers through it slightly when i wet it daily for the bun.
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ok I'm confused as to how u ladies are getting tangles while wearing your hair in twists? I keep my hair in twists for 2-3 weeks at a time and usually that's the easiest time for me to detangle....my loose hair causes me detangling nightmares.


Is it the products or something you might be doing that's encouraging the tangles? I ask because I used to cowash my twists and that would cause tangles...but since I really stopped doing that....i don't have the tangle issue. Also...are u detangling the twists before u wash after take down? Are do you undo the twists, wash/cowash and THEN try to detangle?
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luvmylocks,

you would rather lock instead of returning to a shorter style?

when my hair was longer and worn in bun, i would only comb/untangle it once a month. i did run my fingers through it slightly when i wet it daily for the bun.
Originally Posted by Windflower
in a way yes...locs with my hair type are nice and thick and can get long (aren't we all in search of length). i wake up and go and look good, every day, with locs and it's hard not to miss when i'm going through loose hair drama.

ok I'm confused as to how u ladies are getting tangles while wearing your hair in twists? I keep my hair in twists for 2-3 weeks at a time and usually that's the easiest time for me to detangle....my loose hair causes me detangling nightmares.


Is it the products or something you might be doing that's encouraging the tangles? I ask because I used to cowash my twists and that would cause tangles...but since I really stopped doing that....i don't have the tangle issue. Also...are u detangling the twists before u wash after take down? Are do you undo the twists, wash/cowash and THEN try to detangle?
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
for me it's not tangles as much as it is LOCS. my hair basically locs when i have two strand twists in for awhile. i think if i mist with water or condition with the twists it would be less likely to truly loc. the smaller the twists the more likely to loc. i prefer small twists to larger ones for daily wear. what to do??

Hey girlie! I feel your pain...or rather- I felt your pain! When I went first became natural, I began to doubt my decision because it literally took 2-3 hours to go thru little section by little section detangling my hair. On Monday, June 8th, this will have been a year ago. FINALLY like 3 weeks ago I decided to go to a salon to get my hair done and my stylist sprayed a detangler on my hair after washing it and the comb literally glided thru my hair! No problem! I panicked cuz I thought she had put some sort of chemical in my hair! Turns out- it was just a GREAT detangler! It's called VIA Natural Detangler. And it was only $2.99 at my local BSS. I didn'y even know it existed! Now- it takes 10 - 15 minutes to detangle my hair instead of 2 -3 hours. You need this product!!
Originally Posted by mamacita808
interesting. what's in it to make it such a great detangler?

Maybe you should start detangling more often so that it's not as big as a challenge when you do. I detangle once a week and I have little to no problems getting through my hair. However, I do know if I waited a month I would prob end up cutting it off from the massive amts of tangles and shedding that would have intertwined in my hair.
Originally Posted by 4aspiral
that's always the goal. it's hard! i think it's because i also don't have my signature style so i just do nothing...bad move.

Banding has really helped me avoid the worst of the tangles. Highly recommend it. It was strange, I had less tangles when I took out the bands than when I put them in. I was using banding to avoid further tangles and decided not to thoroughly detangle beforehand as I was being lazy. I figured I wouldn't have any new tangles but I still would have the original ones, but nope, somehow it actually made detangling the original tangles easier too or made them disappear or something.
Originally Posted by KinkyKeeper
i'm going to try banding. i need something i can do EASILY every day
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Last edited by luvmylocs; 06-07-2009 at 07:53 PM.
Standing with my hair under the shower stream while detangling helps me.
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mamacita,
can you post the ingredients for the Via detangler?

thanks!
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i'm taking a break from detangling my hair. i just did half and it took about an hour. i'm tired!!!

i'm trying the method in chicoro's book to dry detangle with my fingers and if needed wet a little or put a little oil or conditioner. i feel like i'm doing it right but holy moly it's taking a long time...

i should add i haven't detangled in a month or more...

i hope it gets easier from here on out. i'm going to try to stay on top of it!
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
Not sure if you already stated, but how were you wearing your hair that you didn't have to detangle in a month? I'm pretty sure I would have to shave my head if I waited that long!!
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i pretty much cowash or cowash/condition and go...i fluff my hair out with my fingers but don't "comb" all the way through. it looks fine until all the shed hair sort of accumulates and i have little hair balls at the ends and then i have to detangle/trim my hair. i know i lose more hair than i should. i am going to do better....
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luvmylocks,

you should try amla! it helps with the shedding and tangles...good stuff.
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