The Box Braids Are Out…And How-To Tangles/Matting

a matted mess!!! lol Remind me to make sure I wash my hair more often when having braids in! With my actual hair, I have to wash my hair every 4 days but for some reason, I didn’t practice the same or even a similar regimen.

So firstly, my braids weren’t in a shape that I had to take them out. I only had them in about 6 weeks. My hair had grown out alot, but nothing too bad. I really took them out because I have an event coming up at The Essence Music Festival in a couple of weeks and I wanted my real hair out and big and free. So here is the new growth:

And here is the huge pile of braid hair after about 3 hours I would say of taking them out.

So… onto the bad part…I took my braids out and the part where the braid started was a matted, tangled mess. Of course because I have been using products throughout, there was buildup at that point.

Here is how it looked:

Doesn’t look bad in the picture, but it was definitely matted at the root of almost every single braid.

I rinsed my hair and focused the shampoo on the scalp and not the hair hoping to loosen up those tangles. I then put on some conditioner and left it on for hours while I ran some errangs.

When I got back home, I rinsed and then was prepared to start my journey of detangling. OMG… I had NO idea what I was in for. I surely wasn’t preparing for 2 hours of detangling in the shower. I literally had to detangle in about 10 sections.

Whenever your hair is matted like that you have to take certain steps.

  1. Use tons of conditioner! Lots and lots where the hair is tangled. For this operation, I tend to use cheapie shampoo. I don’t want to use my “good stuff” when I have to use alot. This is for detangling purposes mostly.
  2. Use your fingers to detangle as much as possible before whipping out the comb.Gentle separate the tangles from bottom to top. The key word is gentle. It’s really easy to want to be aggressive at this point because you  may get frustrated. You don’t want to lose hair in the process.
  3. Then I whip out my paddle brush and comb through until it goes through with ease.
  4. If there are some small areas that still won’t budge, I take that very small section and use a fine tooth comb to gentle get the tangle out. (Don’t go overboard with this comb though!)

Ugghh! After 2 hours I am tangle free!!!



curly comments!

  • That happened to me! I just cut out the patches! I am crazy like that!

  • Dawn

    You should have detangled and removed the matted and build up before to washed your hair. That just intensified the problem. Last summer I had braid and had some buildup at the roots. I just applied some oil and worked it out and finger detangled before I even thought of washing. When I came time to really detangled it was like a normal session.

  • LexiWithTheCurls

    totally true! That would have been easier! It didn’t seem so bad though when I first took the braids out.

  • Danielle

    Ugh! That happened to me when I took out my weave and didn’t comb through my hair enough. Took me two days to get through the matted and deeply tangled hair 🙁

  • Miharmi

    Hair Do
    I love to have my hair care by using with out that tangeled hair. As you have shampooed 1-2 as weeks. I have to need to rushing my hair as a job. Be gentle you will be clean and lower tangled hair.


  • KIKI

    previously when in this situation i put the conditioner on first…with oil mixed in it…let it sit for hours…then wet it and detangled…then shampooed…and conditioned again