HOLY SHIT. My hair is matted at the roots, almost all over my head. I'm going to have to shave it off, arent I?

(50 Posts)
NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Wed 28-Nov-12 15:55:15

I had micro loop extensions put in about 2 1/2 months ago for a treat to.myself as I was feeling shit and ugly. They cost bloody loads but i had just come into some money so thought, hey why not?

I wanted them out after a month because they were itchy and horrible, bit i persevered with them because of the cost, and they were supposed to last 3-4 months.

My grandma has just taken them all out with pliers, it took 3 hours!

My hair is now matted and stuck together at the root almost all over my head, the only place that's okay is the top as they weren't in there.

What the hell do I do? It looks bloody awful and I don't think i can go out in public untill its sorted.

It resembles a thatched roof or a birds nest, maybe a bit of both. It's still itchy and still gross. I think its too knotty for even a hairdresser to sort it out tbh.

Any ideas? Pleeeeeeesse someone help me!

anothercuppaplease Wed 28-Nov-12 15:58:41

OK have a go with some olive oil, rub it in really well, see if you could comb your hair a little. It will take a couple of washes to take the olive oil out of your hair. Otherwise, you could try coconut butter, which you can get at the chemist, and do the same, massage it in really well first and then try to comb out, wash a couple of time to get rid of the oil. Good luck, it sounds horrible.

trudat Wed 28-Nov-12 16:02:41

Go back to the person who put them in???
I assume that's not an option though.

I'm not an expert AT ALL so at your own risk (though sounds a lost cause anyway) but...

Lots of conditioner?? On dry hair and tease it out a bit at a time. Might take hours but probably won't do any more harm.

So sorry for you. Hope it comes good x

twooter Wed 28-Nov-12 16:05:29

I'd try to tease it out with a brush when it's smothered in conditioner.

( not a hairdresser, but have dds who all get really mattedd hair)

NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Wed 28-Nov-12 16:13:14

Thanks everyone! Just sent my mum to the shop for a big bottle of conditioner, a comb, olive oil and some wine for the pain and to drown my sorrows wink

I've text the woman about it and tried to ring her a couple of times but no reply yet, she probably won't do anything about it anyway. Im pissed off though because I did everything she told me to with them and it was supposed to be a treat for myself and she's pocketed my money and left me looking like a fucking caveman! angry

Should have just stuck with my wonderful clip-ins, which looked better anyway!

hellymelly Wed 28-Nov-12 16:13:35

The only time I had very matted hair was after a long drive in an open top car, but from that and my experience of dealing with flatmate's very back combed hair I would suggest lots and lots of cheap conditioner, work it right into the hair, and then start combing tiny sections at a time. Having someone else do it for you would be best as they can see properly. This worked with very matted doll's hair too, so should work on yours.

Kalypso Wed 28-Nov-12 16:16:22

Poor you sad Sorry if this is a given, but when you start trying to tease it out with tons of conditioner, begin combing it down from almost at the ends of your hair and then work your way up millimetre by millimetre. Don't move up until the hair below is knot-free. That way you won't be 'pushing' down the tangles from the top and making the hair more knotted than ever. Again, sorry if this is obvious, but I have long hair and learned this woefully late! It has really helped lessen hair breakage.

uggmum Wed 28-Nov-12 16:16:36

My dd's hair tangles and gets matted really easily. I use an oil on it and tease it out really carefully. At present I'm using extra-ordinary oil by l'oreal elvive. It costs about £10 a bottle. Use plenty, cover the roots and massage in. After a while you will be able to tease it out (hopefully). You will need a lot a patience.

Hope it works out.

QueenCadbury Wed 28-Nov-12 16:20:49

A tangle teaser brush will help take the pain away. My dd won't let Meuse anything else on her hair.

Rindercella Wed 28-Nov-12 16:23:42

I was just going to suggest a tangle teaser. Call your mum up and see if she can get one (Boots sell them).

When you are brushing out tangles make sure you start at the bottom, tease out the ends, then the mid-lengths then the roots last, or you will end up with and even worse tangle. Like everyone else said lots of conditioner! Hope you get it sorted!

Oh, crossed posts!

Yup conditioner and oil!! We de-dreaded DH's VVVV matted 2yo dreads this way ends to roots - it took all day but we got there then the bastard cut it all off a week later

badgeroncaffeine Wed 28-Nov-12 16:38:42

I would shave it all off, go for the Sinead O'Connor look.

NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Wed 28-Nov-12 16:42:45

Thankyou everyone, I love that I can rely on mumsnet to help me with absolutely anything!
I have a tangle teaser brush somewhere, will dig it out.

The mission starts at 6.30pm after I've put DD to bed, wish me luck!


MrsCampbellBlack Wed 28-Nov-12 17:07:27

Fabric conditioner at a real push if the normal conditioner isn't working.

What a nightmare!

valiumredhead Wed 28-Nov-12 17:22:07

What about a Tangle Tamer brush?

NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Wed 28-Nov-12 18:26:11

Got a tangle brush thing, a wide tooth comb (recomended by my hairdresser auntie), hair serum, loads of conditioner and a pair of scissors just in case. My mum forgot the olive oil but I'm gonna get some tomorrow if this doesn't work.

Thankyou for all the advice everyone thanks

trudat Thu 29-Nov-12 12:56:48

How did it go? Are you bald??

werewolvesdidit Thu 29-Nov-12 14:54:13

good luck

MoomieAndFreddie Thu 29-Nov-12 18:38:37

Oh god

this happened to me YEARS ago when I had really dodgy hair extensions put in

as others have said, loads of conditioner, LOADS. and just really gently try and comb it through, starting from the very ends.

i would be really pissed off with the person who did this if i were you!

TeamEdward Thu 29-Nov-12 18:45:41


trudat Fri 30-Nov-12 13:22:53

Come on nirvana, don't leave us hangin' grin

hellocatty Fri 30-Nov-12 13:35:38

Could you go to another hairdresser and get a keratin hair treatment that seems to be a really intensive conditioner that might soften it down.

How's it looking Nirvana?

pinkyredrose Fri 30-Nov-12 20:28:47

I had a similar problem a few years ago and a friend suggested that silicon based products would be good.

So I used silicon based lube (yes the sex kind) and it worked amazingly well! I also know a couple if people who've used it to tease out dreadlocks.

Obs you have to start at the bottom and be VERY gentle but it does work.

Chislemum Fri 30-Nov-12 21:09:37

Hope you got it sorted, you poor girl.

bradywasmyfavouriteking Fri 30-Nov-12 21:13:43

Oh my god. i am dying to know what happened.

Maybe i need a non mn life. grin

toofattorun Fri 30-Nov-12 22:00:36

The suspense is killing me!!!

<sad idiot emoticon>

NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Sat 01-Dec-12 14:27:00

Sorry for the late update everyone and thanks for all the advice!
I tried conditioner, I tried oil, I tried combing from the bottom or the knot, I managed to untangle the bottom part but there was a huge sausage knot at the top of my head that I thought I was going to have to cut out.

So I shaved my head.

Not really grin

I decided before making a potentially stupid decision of hacking it off with scissors that I would go to the hairdressers even though I didn't think they'd be able to do anything but cut it.
But she fixed it! 2 hours of pain and tugging, 2 deep conditioning treatments and my hair is okay! There's a few short bits where she had to cut it and my hair feels considerably smaller than before, but it's okay!

pinkyredrose Sat 01-Dec-12 16:44:25

Phew !! Great news!

trudat Sat 01-Dec-12 17:03:45

Thank the lord!!

Bunbaker Sat 01-Dec-12 19:04:50

Glad all is OK. One of my friends is a hairdresser and she said that hair extensions were to be avoided at all costs.

GeekLove Sat 01-Dec-12 19:10:23

Sounds like they put them in upside down. Human hair has a grain due to the fact the cuticle is composed of overlapping scales. If hair is put in upside down the scales can lock in and the result is matted hair!

NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Sat 01-Dec-12 19:18:20

Im going to ring the woman who did it again tomorrow and complain, still pissed off but glad its sorted!

Never again!

bradywasmyfavouriteking Sat 01-Dec-12 19:36:40

Oh i am so glad its sorted.

I have had extensions several times and never had a problem of any kind. I have the bonded ones. I also like the ones that have the bond already attached and less shedding and the amount of bond is consistent. I always have the great length ones.

I know a few people who have had problems with extensions, but it usually comes down to the person putting them in. and I would case that this is the case here.

Did you take photos?

toofattorun Sat 01-Dec-12 19:49:23


NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Sun 02-Dec-12 20:00:46

I have one photo I sent to my sister but q not great quality. The woman isn't getting back to me anyway. I spoke to another person who had them done by the same woman and it happened to her too. Its so crap though because she charges £££'s for it and obviously can't even do it properly.

Oh well, lesson learned!

werewolvesdidit Sun 02-Dec-12 21:29:16

I don't recommend extensions. I had them for years and now have two permanent bald patches at the sides of my head. You can't see them with my hair down (and luckily my hair is thick and curly) but there is no way I'll ever be able to wear my hair in a ponytail ever again. Extensions look great but there are a lot of risks with them too.

NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Mon 03-Dec-12 18:16:08

shock werewolves! That sounds bloody awful! You poor thing, at least they aren't visible. Will ot definitely not grow back?

I've definitely learned my lesson and will be steering well clear in future and will be advising others to do the same.

werewolvesdidit Tue 04-Dec-12 19:55:03

No - the patches have been bald for over a year now. I think bald patches are pretty common with hair extensions. I guess the difference is that the celebs can afford to get hair transplants to fill them in!

Dozer Tue 04-Dec-12 23:12:24

Hurray for the hairdresser that helped you out!

Boo to the bad one.

LulaPalooza Wed 05-Dec-12 12:07:39

nirvana - phew, glad you got it sorted. Does this "hairdresser" advertise on the web? I would be tempted to give a very, very honest review somewhere to put other people off.

NirvanaSmellsLikeTeenMother Wed 05-Dec-12 19:54:26

I have tried to find her but no luck so far Lula I want to go the same thing! If I find her I will let you know! grin

sumz Wed 12-Jun-13 15:46:06

Nirvana very happy for you! :-) ... a great relief! unfortunately going through the same problem, except that I have almost all my hair matted. I cant detangle it myself at all sad sad sad. Where do I go? What should I do. Thanks

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 04-May-14 15:04:36

I'd try coconut oil and a tangle tamer.

Selks Sun 04-May-14 15:11:30

Zombie thread!! Read the date, people!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 04-May-14 20:13:39

How bizarre, it just came up as a new thread inS and B,I wouldn't know how to post on an old thread if I triedconfused

LeapingOverTheWall Sun 04-May-14 20:25:32

I think it was bumped up by spam which has now been removed, but still leaving it in Active Convos

Exactly what Leaping said. Poorly spelt spam, it was, too.

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