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ElGuardiandenoche Sun 17-May-20 14:50:22

I’ve been ill for a few weeks now and before I took to my bed I put my hair up in a scrunchie. Now four weeks later it is time to sort it out. It’s going to take a few days as I’m still recovering so I can only take so much.

I thought it might be fun to document the transformation from mad cat lady to mad old lady again.

My hair normally down to my bum so this is not going to be fun but I cannot wait for it to be back to normal again.

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Wolfiefan Sun 17-May-20 14:52:46

Oh ouch OP. How are you doing now? Can anyone help? (Do a tiny bit for you with a tangle teezer? Any deep hair conditioning treatment you can leave in for a bit? shock

Terralee Sun 17-May-20 15:35:56

Try Charles Worthington Gentle Detangling Spray from Boots

ElGuardiandenoche Sun 17-May-20 15:50:03

My DH is doing it. He’s just done my DS who has waist length hair, so we’ve learnt a lot from that.

We’ve made a start on mine. Only two ten minute sessions so far but it’s all I can take today.

Pictures after the scrunchie was taken out.

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Wolfiefan Sun 17-May-20 15:51:14

Take it steady! No rush. I do hope you’re feeling better soon. X

ElGuardiandenoche Sun 17-May-20 15:51:24

Sorry trying that again.

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Doyoumind Sun 17-May-20 15:52:55

Are you well enough to give it a good soak in the bath then put loads of conditioner on?

ElGuardiandenoche Sun 17-May-20 16:01:43

Thanks for the idea @Terralee I’ve ordered some. Hopefully that’ll make it easier.

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ElGuardiandenoche Sun 17-May-20 16:08:55

Unfortunately we are in a house with just a small shower cubicle @Doyoumind. DH tried doing something like that with DS and it caused him a lot of problems.

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ElGuardiandenoche Sun 17-May-20 16:15:09

Progress for today. Unfortunately I’ve lost a few inches as it broke but it’ll grow again. The amount of hair that the tangle teaser is removing is frightening as well.

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Terralee Sun 17-May-20 17:15:57

I know from working in a hospital that hair is often last on the list of priorities when someone is very ill.
It's hard to get the knots out of the back of (usually female) patients hair who is or has been bed bound especially in hospital when you have no hair products to work with - I've actually had to cut some knots out.
Sometimes there's been conditioner available on the ward which I've used on dry tangled hair, one time I had hair serum in my handbag so used that on the patient.

My hair is fine & tangles up even after conditioning so I've found the CW spray to be a game changer.

JMAngel1 Sun 17-May-20 20:46:31

Looks like my hair every morning grin

SprinkleOfInsanity Sun 17-May-20 20:49:48

A 'wet brush' would get through this in no time, and very gentle on hair. Hope you're feeling 100% soon, take care.

Magnificent hair btw.

ElGuardiandenoche Mon 18-May-20 22:08:46

Thanks @Terralee star The detangler arrived and it's been a game changer. It's still not done and will probably take a few more days but we've managed to get quite a bit done today and it took a lot of the ouch out of it. I've still got a birds nest but it is going.

@JMAngel1, you have my sympathy.

@SprinkleOfInsanity, wet brush and the detangler is getting there.

Thanks for your kind words everyone and your help.

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StealthNinjaMum Mon 18-May-20 22:15:10

Dds long hair got tangled once on a school residential trip. It took a couple of hours as somehow the tangles were right up to the roots. Anyway I sprayed with a mixture of 2/3 water 1/3 conditioner and used a fine comb to pull out small strands.

MoltonSilver Mon 18-May-20 23:13:56

The hair that you would normally lose hasn't been brushed out for the last for weeks. It's all coming out now so the amount coming out on the tangle teaser probably isn't as bad as it looks.

GCHWho Mon 18-May-20 23:45:07

I seem to recall < I had hair loss in one pregnancy > that you normally shed 60 to 100 hairs a day. So it’s probably not as bad as it looks - plus your hair is long so visually looks a lot more too. I found using the tail of a tailcomb to tease out the last < worst > tangled section was beneficial. Like finding the key knots and pushing or holding ‘Key’ strands released others more easily.

GCHWho Mon 18-May-20 23:48:35

Oh and work ends up to roots it’s kinder!

Josephinah Tue 19-May-20 02:11:46

Yes up to 100 hairs fall per day. You will have a lot come out but don’t worry they are just the ones which would already be out if not for your scrunchie

NiteWotcha Tue 19-May-20 02:25:21

@ElGuardiandenoche !
gorgeous hair! Hope the detangler works smile

Terralee Tue 19-May-20 09:06:18

I'm glad it's working.

ElGuardiandenoche Tue 19-May-20 23:33:01

Thanks for your tips and reassurances, it's much appreciated.

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ElGuardiandenoche Tue 19-May-20 23:37:04

This is what I ended up with yesterday. It’s straight but an absolute birds underneath.

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ElGuardiandenoche Wed 20-May-20 21:48:41

After drying out and sleeping on it it was a trifle mucked up again but believe it or not it wasn’t too bad to brush out.

My DH brushed and sprayed and sprayed and brushed it and he got a load more out. Again it looked quite good but there is still a nest between the layers.

This was last night and once my DH is feeling up to it he’ll start again. 20 minutes is all I’m really managing at the moment so progress is slow but at least we’re getting there. Now it’s dried it’s looking nest like again but not as bad.

It definitely is in bad shape though so will need quite a bit chopped off.

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GCHWho Wed 27-May-20 22:41:52

How goes it ? Have you restored order ?

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