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    Question Help with tangles near nape of neck

    This is driving me batty.

    My hair looks thick but that's just because hair dye expands the shafts. It's actually thin and stringy. After a lifetime of being stick straight, my hair has decided to be wavy, especially underneath! Unfortunately, when I get even a little warm the hair at the nape of my neck becomes a tangled matted mess.

    No amount of brushing or oiling seems to work. Even with a ponytail (it's not long enough to do much else) I get tangles because of the halo/baby hairs. Anyone else have this issue or have ideas on how to resolve it?

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    Default Re: Help with tangles near nape of neck

    I get this, too. All the hair underneath at my nape is fine, and it knots at the drop of a hat. Oiling helps somewhat, but the best way I've found to deal with it if it's really a mess is to use a Tangle Teezer. It still takes a while to detangle, but it's much easier and less painful. Unfortunately, I've yet to find a way to stop it from knotting up in the first place.
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    Default Re: Help with tangles near nape of neck

    I get bad tangling at my nape too. I oil or put Shea butter on the hairs nearest my nape. It seems to weigh them down a bit and make them a little more slippery.

    My hairs at my nape are much wavier than the rest of my hair is, just like you.

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    Default Re: Help with tangles near nape of neck

    Just curious--what is the fiber content of your clothing? Synthetic fibers, like polyester and acrylic, might tangle hair by promoting static.

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    That's a really good point about the static! I only get the nape tangles in winter.

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    Arrrghh! My nape hairs are both a little dryer and kinkier! The tangles are usually a noticeable problem when wearing a braid. I really try to keep it up. Every time you move your head the hairs rub on my collar, or scarf, and tangle. Not always so easy to work out either. Plus, they can make my hair drape funny!
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    Default Re: Help with tangles near nape of neck

    I have this same mess. I think the only thing that's helping me is to let it grow. It seems like the more length it gets, the less it tangles. Ugh. Thank goodness that hair is underneath my canopy. It's so broken from tangles that it makes me want to cry.

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    I use the Target brand of No More Tangles Detangler Spray for my tangles it has Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Trisiloxane, Ceteth 10, Laureth 4, But my hair loves it and it gets all the tangles out
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    Default Re: Help with tangles near nape of neck

    I get mats/tangles at the back of my neck when I wear a coat w/ a collar. These days, anytime I go out w/ a coat on, I bun my hair instead of wear it down or ponytail it & that wards off the mats.

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    Default Re: Help with tangles near nape of neck

    The only way I'm able to keep my nape tangle free is to keep my hair up. Using a coney conditioner on that area helps, but the main solution for me is to keep it up. If I wear a single braid down my back, it'll tangle. If I wear my hair down, forget about it - huge mats of tangles. Even at night time, it helps to keep it up in a bun on the top of my head.
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