So the day had come, the morning of my last day of vacation on a far away island in the Caribbean sea, to cut my synthetic Freetress Bulk Bohemian Braid hair and take out my cornrows (I later did that on the plane as conspicuously as possible).
The take down process was rather easy. There had already been talk in the days beforehand that it would take so long and so much of my hair would come out because my hair is brittle and tangles easily #blahblahblah This was mostly speculation from my mom who had to deal with these synthetic messes I've had in the past - extensions, individual, box braids gone wrong - and so she was thinking I would be half bald in the end. Far from it...
I cut the crocheted hair pieces out in clumps about 3 cm from the knots and everything that didn't naturally unloop itself I just went back through and cut the pieces of hair at the knot. Be careful - some knots are really close to your real hair, so take precaution. I think it helps to use a pair of large scissors for cutting off the hair in bulk and smaller (I used blunt nose hair trimmers) to cut at the crocheted knots of synthetic hair. That whole process took about an hour.
When I started to take down my cornrows on the plane, I just brought on board a small bottle of thankfully melted coconut oil and used that to gently take out the cornrows with my fingers, using a small tooth comb if I ran into some problems. That took almost two hours primarily because my cornrows were braided individually down the back of my head instead of two cornrows merging into one in the back of my head (this helps prevent so much hair being crocheted on the back of your head and cuts down crocheting time - also would help cut down on uncornrowing your hair).
I combed it out and had a decent amount of shed hair come out but nothing indistinguishable from what I had come out when I had my hair in a weave. Tonight I am doing a henna treatment and tomorrow morning I am thankfully getting a much needed deep conditioner, blow out and my ends trimmed before any other split end damage takes place. Somewhere down the line I need to give my hair a much needed protein treatment as well but its probably been so traumatized in the last two days, I will give it some time. Can't wait till my next protective style! I am looking forward to trying out box braids!