Okay, so I've consulted with the dread tribe of mama's over at mothering dot commune about what to do with the matted, helmet head thing and the advice I got was to rip and roll.....that's right. Rip the hunks apart and palm roll, palm roll, palm roll. So, I've since started doing it and it hurts like hell, but you know what..through the tears, I do feel instant relief with each lock being freed. Really. Like maybe those locks are carrying tension and causing headaches and stuff. Ripping them apart really does feel good (in a painful kind of way)...so, rip and roll mamas!