Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Single Strand Knots

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A curly girls worst nightmare are those dreadful single strand knots! Single strand knots form when a single hair strand wraps around the same or neighboring hair(s) forming a knot. This is very common for us curly haired folk due to our naturally coily texture and since we can't unknot them our only choice is to cut them. After a recent attempt to straighten my hair, I discovered how BAD they actually were and trimmed about half an inch to an inch off all around. Since then my hair has been quite receptive to deep conditioning treatments and moisturizers. Although single strand knots may be inevitable, there are many ways of limiting them. Here are three simple tips that may be useful:

1. Keep your hair moisturized.
Single strand knots tend to form when hair has a lot of friction due to dryness. Since curly hair tends to be drier, it is easier to deal with it when friction is reduced and the hair is moisturized. Reduce friction by misting your ends with water and then sealing them with an oil or shea butter mix. This process should be done everyday!

2. Detangle! Detangle! Detangle!
Do not, I repeat DO NOT detangle your natural hair when it is dry. You're asking for breakage. Unlike relaxed hair, it is better for the sake of your scalp and hair to detangle your natural hair in a dampend state. Your hair does not have to be soaking wet but simply misting it with water will make all the difference. Also using a seamless wide tooth comb like a jilbere comb will make your life a lot easier.

3. Keep your hair stretched at ALL TIMES!
This means NEVER allow your hair to air dry without a stretching method. Stretching methods can vary but we'll stick with the simple braiding and two strand twisting. This will prevent your hair from tangling and forming knots. Also try retwisting your hair every night or every other night to keep your hair in its stretched state. If you get tired of retwisting your entire head every night like me, five fat cornrows or flat twists will suffice.

Hope this helps .... Good luck

xoxo,

Amaka

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