Matted Afro-Textured Hair-CHICORO
How to Avoid Getting Matted Afro-Textured Hair
Matted hair is an enemy to gaining length and retaining that length on afro-textured hair. Getting tangles at the root, middle and ends of hair are big problems for afro- textured hair. I am going to teach you in three easy steps how to avoid getting matted afro textured hair.
CHICORO's Hair Tip:
- Detangle Hair Daily Before Retiring: When wearing your hair in loosened styles such as twists outs, braid outs, and puffs, be sure to finger comb them at night before retiring. Gently rake your finger tips through the style to remove any tangles. Make sure to go from root to tip or from your scalp to the ends of your hair. If possible, try to gently and loosely place the free and loose hair into large sections. Secure the hair with a satin or silk scarf. Retire for the evening.
- Address Small Tangles Immediately: Small tangles only become larger tangles if you ignore them. As with any problem or challenge, the sooner you nip it in the bud or address it, the better it is for you in the long run. A tangle usually begins with a broken hair or hair that has shed and mixed in with some type of styling product or even lint or dirt. If you can't address the tangle right then, try to keep the addition of any styling product to a minimum.
- Do Not Increase the Tension or Tightness of a Tangle: Rushing to get ready for your work or school day or for an evening event may not leave time for you to provide the attention your hair needs. If you have tangles in your hair that you cannot address at that moment, try to fix your hair using your fingers. Try not to use a brush or comb to smooth the hair down when you have a tangle in your hair. Why not? If you brush or comb your hair and smooth it up to the tangle, you run the risk of squeezing the tangled hair even more tightly together. In addition to this, any residual product that is intertwined within the tangled hair will be pressed down and will spread out to engulf more of the tangled hair into the knot.
By keeping your eye on tangles when they start, addressing them immediately, or styling to not make them tighter, this should go along way in helping you to avoid getting matted afro-textured hair.
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My experience with matted hair
How to Remove Mats and Tangles from Afro-Textured Hair
It is inevitable at times. Sometimes due to life's pressures, lack of time or just freak occurrences you get really bad tangles or you end up with matted afro-textured hair. I am going to talk about how to remove mats from your afro-textured hair.
- Don't Panic: If you get a bad tangle or end up with matted hair do not panic. That means don't cut the hair, don't tear it out and do not place a greasy or gummy product on it. Any one of these steps could make the situation worse.
- Make Time for Your Hair: The time to address matted hair is not 15 minutes before your date arrives or 5 minutes before you have to leave for church. Address the matt when you have no other plans for the next 2-4 hours. The question is not, "How long do I need to remove a mat from my hair?" The question is, "How much time are you willing to spend to save your precious length?"
- Find the Heart and Core of the Knot: Sit down with your hair and begin to section your hair with your fingers. You are not going for perfect parts. Your goal is to try to remove as much hair as you can, without breaking it, from the tangle. Sometimes you may be working with single hairs at a time. That's okay and that's why you need the time to focus on de-matting your hair.
- Identify What Is at the Core of the Knot: Try to determine what is at the heart of the knot. Is it hair that has shed? Is it an entire curl? Is it gummy product? Is it dry product buildup? If it is hair that has shed and loosened from the scalp, try to gently pull the hair apart and away from the tangle. If it is a curl or hair that is healthy, try to pull the hair apart from the ends up, then gently pull at the tangle and repeat. If it is a gummy product causing the tangle, try to press and squeeze the knot to free the hair from the gummy buildup. If the product has hardened on the hair, try to moisten the section to loosen up the product.
- Cut Out the Knot as a Last Resort: Sometimes, no matter what you do, the knot or tangle or matted hair will not be removed. After you have exhausted all the above steps, you may find that you have to cut the hair. Try to remove as much hair from around the matted section as possible. Then, remove the knot from your hair.
This process should help you to minimize hair loss when addressing matted, tangled hair. Would you like to know more about the care and feeding of beautiful afro-textured hair? Stop on by at BeautifyBitByBit.com