The Take Down Continues: 11 Hours and Counting

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Ugh.

The face says it all, doesn’t it?

On Tuesday night, I spent 5 1/2 hours taking out most of the twists in the back of my hair. It was horrendous, 2 bottles of spray detangler, EVOO, Aussie Moist … and nothing helped make it faster or easier. Last night, I “bathed” the remaining twists in EVOO, made 5 evenly sized big twists, donned two plastic caps, a shower cap and worked out for about 30 minutes for an improptu “steam.” I resumed the take down at 8:30 pm. I was up until to 2 am. It took me 5 1/2 hours to get through 2 section. There are 3 sections left. I am exhausted. Let the nightmare continue. Now, I think this may be The Worst Thing Ever. Okay, maybe not … I think I’ll still have hair after this is over. But this is traumatizing.  *sigh*

I’ll have a full run down next week.

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  1. Wow, so sorry that this is a task for you. This is one of the reasons I did micro braids onse, and that was enough. As you’ve realized patience is key.

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  2. OMG!!! I feel your pain sis!! See that is why I try not to leave my twists/braids in past 3 weeks (hence the reason I steer clear of mini twists and add on hair styles) the take down is a problem. smh. I too have fine strands and regardless if I use the silkiest or softest hair or not it gets entangled and knotted in my fine strands. I learned that years ago in my mini fro days (stretched touched mid ear) . I ended up cutting most of my hair off and resorting to my old reliable curly fade. It was just too much. Now that my kinks are extremely long, I know the deal. As beautiful as they are, these styles just aren’t for me and my fragile tresses. And when I do decided to twist my (own) hair I only go but so small ( no smaller than a pencil) and I don’t go past 3 weeks. Good luck with that. I pray that you get through it with minimal damage as possible to your beautiful strands.

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  3. Your look says it all. You look so sad. Don’t worry, its a minor setback. Take out those frickin twists and resume your regimen immediately. You have the information and the skills and your beautiful hair will forgive you. Stay strong Sis!

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  4. Hey Shelli, I am sorry about the problems that you have encountering removing your twists. I, at one point, began to loc my hair with mini twists August 2010. I kept them like that until June 2011. I tried all of the methods from YouTube, but it seemed when I wet my hair or saturated it with conditioner, etc., it made it all the more difficult to remove. Remember I told you my hair has many personalities?! Any hoo, when I removed my mini twists/mini locs, I had more success removing them dry. Just lightly coating my fingertips with oil and the process was easy. I hope this helps.

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  5. for what it’s worth, try using an oil mix called Love Potion No 9 by Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes. i’ve had tangles and mats the size of my knuckles literally slide apart after using in to detangle. better luck next time!

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    • Thanks Sarah … unfortunately, it’s too late for that. But, I’ll check it out. Thing is, I didn’t really have a problem with my hair too much, it was the way that she twisted my hair into the extension hair. However, since I loved those twists so much, I’ll check Cipriana’s potion out. I follow her site from time to time and think I’ve seen her talking about it. But, don’t remember the ingredients. So thanks!!

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