I was getting ready to start a Curly Cut on a client today and as I was parting her hair I found a little surprise at her nape. It was a small section of curls that had dreaded itself on her necklace a couple weeks ago!
This is very common for Curlies and they need not be ashamed! Even one of the models at the October CHA Symposium had a huge one that she actually wanted to keep and even had put a bead on the end of it!
I told my client it was no big deal and that we would work it out at the shampoo bowl. After her Curly Cut, we did a highlight retouch, then we went to wash out the color. After washing the color out, I isolated the dread and pinned up the rest of her hair. Great care must be taken in order to not damage the hair by pulling and yanking on it while it is dry! I put in a generous amount of Heaven in Hair Deep Conditioner and very gently with a wide tooth comb began to work out the dread.
I started from the bottom and worked my way up, spreading the mat with my fingers and loosening it with the teeth of the comb. Then at the very bottom of the dread I would work the tangles out.
Then I moved up a little bit more, spread the mat with my fingers and loosened with the comb, worked the very bottom out... etc etc...
Note: this may not work for everyone, especially if they are truly matted, and the dreading has been there for some time. However, for the accidental necklace dread situation, this method works great!
It took less than ten minutes and her hair was none the worse for the wear! Be careful with those necklaces, Curlfriends!
As members of CHA (Curly Hair Artistry) and your local curly hair specialists, we welcome you to learn along with us!