How do you get a really bad tangle out of curly hair?

United States
September 7, 2007 7:59am CST
My little girl has a really bad tangle underneath her hair. Perhaps something got stuck in the hair to make it mat so bad. And, now she won't let me try to get the tangle out. I've tried working on the tangle when she's asleep, but it's slow going. So, now I am at a loss as to what I should do next. She's got really curly hair, so it tangles easily. Regular shampoo and such just makes the problem worse. The tangle is about one inch wide by two inches high. And, it's getting worse by the day. Just leaving it alone has not helped any. Does anyone know how to get a really bad tangle out of curly hair? I'm afraid that I'm going to have to snip the entire clump of tangles out of her hair. It's that bad! Would appreciate some suggestions. Thanks!