@calisunshine3404: Try massaging it (dry) with coconut oil. coconut oil helps break up other products that still may be stuck in your hair (i use it to break up residual keratin glue that gets stuck to my hair after wearing my keratin tipped extensions for a few months) and it’s also a natural conditioner. Massage it in, concentrating on tangled areas, and leave it over night.
Wash it out the next morning with shampoo, squeeze out excess water, and then do a deep conditioning treatment.
IMPORTANT: Choose the deep treatment carefully as you need to determine whether your hair needs protien or straight moisture (too little protien and hair is weak, but too little and it becomes brittle).if it feels mushy or gummy when wet, that means you need protein. if it feels limp and brittle when dry, you need moisture.
You can also do a strand stretch test to tell you what you need — take a non-tangled strand of hair while wet to see which you need. take the strand and with two fingers, pull it in opposite directions as if you were stretching it. If it stretches ever so slightly and then goes back to its original state, your hair is pretty balanced and you should be ok with a conditioner that doesnt boast “reparative” (which usually means heavy protein).
Read ingredients carefully — if your testing has revealed that you need moisture and NOT protein, PLEASE make sure you use a deep moisturizing conditioner that does not contain a tone of wheat protein or whatever. you will risk over protein-ing yoru hair and it will be super brittle and prone to breakage when you go to de-tangle it. DO NOT opt for a hot oil treatment or oil anything at this point BEFORE or INSTEAD of conditioner. oil coats hair and locks in moisture/protein, so if you oil without or before conditioning, you’re not properly treating the hair.
Apply your deep conditioner and soak a towel in hot/warm water and wrap it around your head to intensify the effects of the deep conditioner. leave it on as long as you can. Rinse it out and then towel dry your hair. if you have it, i would recommend using an oil such as morroccon oil to lock in the treatment you just did and protect the hair from drying and styling. gently comb it thru as much as you can avoiding the big tangled areas.
Dry your hair thouroughly, aim the dryer in a downward motion as much as possible, and finish with a cold blast to seal the cuticle. Then and ONLY then brush out the hair thrououghly and work out the knots with your fingers. have a friend of hairstylist help if you can because they can see what they are doing and get a better angle.
DO NOT attempt to brush or detangle. it when its wet, even though it may feel like it will be easier to untangle. hair is in its weakest state when its in a damp state and will be stronger after being conditioned, treated, and sealed. you WILL lose some hair through the detangling process, but humans naturally lose like 50+ strands a day. it will feel like youre losing a ton but its not that bad.
good luck 🙂