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!


  • Sehvynn Minnits to Party says:

    πŸ’œHello! 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! πŸ’œπŸ˜˜

  • Lil Zuplada says:

    The grown out spiral braids look cute to me for some reason

  • exostential says:

    your hair just look like mine but line are waaayy shorter & drier

  • Angelina Laso says:

    Wave check real

  • Noona ღ says:

    Step by step, cute and whatever, but i dont have the time πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Berta Bello says:

    Excellent video.

  • Rae Talks says:

    I kept my cornrows in for 5 month! I will not be doing it again unlike you I did not care for my hair as you did

  • Sheree Morgan says:

    Coconut oil, would have helped with the take down.

  • Jade J. SOLIZ says:


  • Dream Angel says:

    I wish I’d known this sooner would have saved me tears and the pain of combing out wads of matter hair. The amount of times I’ve cried when I thought I had to cut off my hair cause it was so matted at the roots is ridiculous

  • Gracie Marie says:

    how exactly do you make that DIY mixture?

  • t j says:

    How did you deal with itching? The very next day after braiding, I have put that rat tail comb underneath

  • Summer Collymore says:

    what was the product recipe you put i your hair?

  • caramelhoney29 says:

    When you say product would something like conditioner work?

  • Mary Watkins says:

    I'm impressed with your perseverance. I would've reached for the shears and clippers less than halfway through the process. All that combing and detangling is exhausting for me.

  • The true Queen says:

    Really 😲 wow that's a lot of work I don't know about anyone else but I just don't have this kind of patience 😏 oh no πŸ˜–

  • Joyce Tumusiime says:

    Hey what's the name of the product u used

  • Britt P says:

    Ooooo girl my arms would scream at me, this is patience at best, great video hunny ❀❀

  • Naturegirl121 says:

    Girl u can’t it begin to under how you saved my life!!!!! I was about to give up and cut it all off😱😱😱😱😱. I was so disgusted with myself for letting it get that bad. I found your video and thank GOD I didn’t. I would have cried constantly. Thank you so much😍😍😍

  • Rose Ville says:

    Fabulous video, Sehvynn. Thanks so much for sharing it. Could you also do one on how you maintain your hair while protective styling?

  • Michiko Bursey says:

    Hi, do have to wait that long to take down your braids. Because hair like 4c hair can mat together to the point of not be able to ever detangle the hair and scissors will be your new friend. I know from experience that 4c does not need to washed in protective hairstyles. Please take down your hair detangle your hair maybe once a month. But I respect your right to take care your hair as you wish. Too much detangling slows down hair growth.

  • Hagan Benson says:

    Legitimately one of the best videos on YouTube

  • Tj Gard says:

    All that growth #Niceeee

  • Keetah hudson says:

    Your video amazed me!
    How often do u steam ur hair?
    Why didn't you use a plastic cap (for steaming)
    Love ur steaming method???πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

    How can i steam my hair with a heat cap?
    Do follow the same method only adding the heat cap?
    When steamimg w the cap how long should i do this for?
    The amount of time u take, i must learn.
    Thank You so much

    Are u on the gram, facebook …..

  • Tonya says:

    Another simple way to steam your hair is to do so while you're showering. Put your conditioning product on your hair, place your plastic cap on ($1 at Dollar Tree), and hop in the shower. By the time you finish showering you've been in long enough for a deep conditioning or detangle product to work.

    Great video!

  • aqueenaija says:

    Ur hair matted up becuz u washed ur conrow hair without thoroughly combing ur hair out. U have to comb ur hair thoroughly to get all the dead hair off. Then u can wash ur hair and it wont matt up. Same thing happened to me and I learned my lesson..

  • Amaequiaas Corner says:

    A genius video. πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

  • Megan Stewart says:

    Best detangling video on YouTube!❀️

  • Erica Giblin says:

    I am lost in YouTube now

  • Alyssa says:

    Just taking my weave out that I did in October 2018

  • Nicole Victory says:

    Thank you for getting straight to the point Thank you for having a lit description box!!!!

  • Eric Judkins-van buren says:

    All that pretty hair growth.

  • koala earraper says:

    360 breads

  • Haleemah Lewis says:

    I love how calm she is while taking it down my ass be nervous like ohh no what did I get myself into

  • Felecia Miller says:

    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 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

  • East Mommy says:

    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!

  • stormy zee says:

    Very very helpful. Thank youπŸ€—πŸ˜

  • Franky O says:

    lol this is amazing

  • Midlife Daydreams says:

    Did anyone else’s arms get tired while watching? Informative vid πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Jocelyn Laboy says:

    I dont have enough patience for this

  • Sandria Middleton says:

    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.πŸ˜‡πŸ™πŸΎπŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

  • heena thapar says:

    name of the product u used for detangle ??

  • Duchess Archer says:

    I've been here hunney. There is nothing quick about taking down this tangled up mess at all.

  • deoumipotatoes says:

    About time someone spilled the beans on detangling!

  • Kim Kim says:

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

  • Tea Time says:

    Are you Australian?

  • MegaHoopsandyoyo says:

    Where’d you get your bonnet from?

  • zaasfromparis says:

    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 πŸ˜‰

  • Nomzamo Mncwango says:

    What is the product that she put before steaming

  • lisangel Black says:

    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.

  • MiamiPush2theLimit says:

    Just spent 2 days detangling 5 months worth of matted hair 😩😭

  • Wendy Garcia says:

    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.

  • Sherrell Icon says:

    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.

  • Carribean Goddess says:

    Way too much work..

  • Cheryl Tucker says:

    Dag im late! Where do i find the slippery elm and what oils did you use?

  • Serena Heck says:

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

  • Mimose Evans says:

    Patience i tell you😣

  • Matt Tuck says:

    Zhe has nice hair there is no reason for her to have fake hait

  • Mo Nicole says:

    Girl, for me that would have been a melt down waiting to happen.smh!Glad it worked out for you tho.:)

  • Maria Bryce-Thurton says:

    yas girl

  • Royaltydeaux says:

    I wish I had this video a couple of years ago 😒. This is definitely a game changer!

  • otherway.org Peabody says:

    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!

  • Damarrien Henry says:

    My mom had that hairsyle once

  • #TheRealest QueenBee says:

    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 morningπŸ˜‚β˜ΊπŸ˜‚πŸ˜

  • KALDOUT WNZ says:

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

  • Cathy D. says:

    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 πŸ’―

  • pepsandpep world says:

    Take some shampoo and add 2 tb of sugar mix and apply on hair and wash it makes it silky

  • Make It Kate says:

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

  • Rabia Yousufzai says:

    Hey i just wanna touch your hairπŸ˜πŸ’•

  • Samantha Anderson says:

    I love the way she talks!

  • J aune says:

    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.

  • Ashley Falcon says:

    Lol I loved the description β™₯οΈπŸ“– πŸ˜‰

  • Tokeahontis says:

    It might just be me, but I think the before hair looked good too. Like something a royal would wear

  • Joanne Philbert says:

    Came here for the info but Child, your accent is fantastic! I just love ifπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

  • Thakane Malaka says:

    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

  • Shontell Vann-little says:

    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? 😭

  • tamia thompson says:

    Sehvynn Minnits to Party what would be a good substitute for Slippery Elm Bark??

  • LongHairDontCareAlwaysSlayedRingnBaed says:

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

  • J' azz says:

    Very helpful

  • shay brown says:

    I’m using this method now wish me luck πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

  • Lindsay Cook says:

    There is something so relaxing and satisfying in watching her comb through her hair. 😍

  • mrs smiff says:

    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 😭

  • issystar96 says:

    Im white and have the straightest hair u could imagine, but I Looooooove super curly hair! 😍😍😍

  • Osita Gordita says:

    Great job! Mats can be a pain in the neck to deal with & your arms had to be killin you πŸ‘

  • Miss Amazon says:

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

  • sa m says:

    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!

  • eel ised says:

    How long did it take you to do this?

  • gt3wells says:

    Great video!!! Thank you!

  • Lady C Magruder says:

    What is slippery Elm bark

  • Tiara Yvonnette Scott says:

    That new growth turned me on πŸ˜‚ but I was looking for cornflakes on the scalp, and some combing of cornflakesπŸ˜”

  • Miniki Abzurdah says:

    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 πŸ˜”

  • Rahma Habib says:

    This is the best video ever

  • Tracy Renee says:

    I see now why I don't retain length. More patience is needed.

  • JENNY LIVING says:

    will this work for box braids matted at the roots?

  • New Eyes says:

    Yes mam! New Subbie

  • Mia Meow says:

    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.

  • Denyel Borges says:

    Nice editing

  • Miriam Israel says:

    Ohhhhhhh ma gawd…. STOP it πŸ˜‚ I love this.

  • nelliebpink13 says:

    Whew chile bless your patient ❀️

  • maria thomas says:

    How long do u let your hair rest in between protective styles?

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