Taking down the Senegalese twists wasn't bad. I didn't have a ton so it didn't take long at all. I actually really liked how my hair looked after I took out the extension hair, so I wore it like that for a day or two before I washed it.
What got me was the detangling process that followed! Now, I'd grown accustomed to finger detangling and hadn't used my wide-toothed comb or Denman brush in a while. So I didn't even think to whip them out when I hopped in the shower to wash and detangle my hair...
And getting my hair wet only seemed to make matters worse. But as a wife and mom, I didn't have time - or anymore hot water - to get back in the shower to attempt further detangling. I didn't even bother to braid my hair for a braid-out because it would've been too frustrating. I think I ended up bunning my hair or just pulling it up for the next week. I knew that after that detangling debacle, I'd have to use my comb and Denman to make things right again. After all, since I only wash my hair once a week and I have a TON of hair - I mean, my hair is really dense - every wash day I joke with my hubby that I shed a small animal, LOL! I'm serious, y'all!! Sorry, that may have been TMI, but it's true! lol.
|This is how tightly twisted my hair was|
prior to finger detangling
|Attempting finger detangling on partially|
The next wash day I used my wide-toothed comb and the Denman (on conditioner-laden hair, of course) and I was able to remove lingering tangles and tons of shed hairs that were desperate to escape. I was so relieved to have my hair back to normal! I braided it up and took it down before it dried for a nice, fluffy braid-out that grew as the evening progressed - my fave! :)
Take-away lesson from this experience: for my thick, dense curls I must use a wide-toothed comb and Denman brush to detangle and remove shed hairs after taking down a protective style.