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Tips for getting rats nests out of hair?

My 13 yo dd just came to me. She has been wearing her hair in a ponytail for weeks and now I know why. They are dread like knots! Short of cutting it off, any tips?
Other then not letting it get like this in the first place, which ive already talked to her about.


Asked by Anonymous at 8:11 PM on Dec. 3, 2012 in Beauty & Style

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Answers (9)
  • Once it is out- a warm olive oil treatment ( about 2 tbs of olive oil warmed and massaged in tot he hair- then allowed to sit for about 10 min before regular washing and conditioning.) every other week or so may help keep it in check. Dry hair can nest up pretty quickly.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 10:53 PM on Dec. 3, 2012

  • Try putting a bunch of conditioner in it, rubbing it in, and gently combing it out.

    Answer by anestheticsex at 8:11 PM on Dec. 3, 2012

  • Comb from the bottom up as well, lots of conditioner and a pick.

    Answer by funlovinlady at 8:16 PM on Dec. 3, 2012

  • Been there done that! Like the other ladies said - tons of conditioner, bottom up, and a wide-tooth comb.

    Answer by idareyou at 8:21 PM on Dec. 3, 2012

  • conditioner, detangler and for sure comb from the bottom up.

    Answer by tempsingl3mom at 8:52 PM on Dec. 3, 2012

  • Wash and condition it. Or just condition it.

    Answer by louise2 at 8:28 PM on Dec. 3, 2012

  • I am with the other moms conditioner and LOTS of it leave it on for a while then attempt to comb it out

    Answer by txnmomof4 at 9:55 PM on Dec. 3, 2012

  • As the other moms said: lots of conditioner or hair oil, heat, using wide-tooth comb to separate while using your fingers to gently separate the hairs.

    Answer by Chocolatespring at 10:32 PM on Dec. 3, 2012

  • Shampoo and rinse

    Apply conditioner something with aloe would be great after 3 minutes use a wide tooth comb with conditioner in and comb through the knots and tangles. Rinse

    Use a detangler spray and leave in conditioner to avoid a repeat.

    Answer by Ms.Maaamaof2 at 11:19 PM on Dec. 3, 2012