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Today I wanted to talk to you guys about single strand knots, also known as fairy knots. I think this is one of the things that every single natural can relate to. Detangling your hair when getting it ready to put into a couple of twists for a twist-out and then finding a few fairy knots in between is not an uncommon thing to naturals.
Single strand knots are prone to happen in naturally kinky curly textured hair. That is simply so because of how our hair is designed.
Our hair has its texture due to the curl pattern that it has, and because of these curls, hair strands tend to curl around themselves and create a knot that is very, very, very hard to get out.
Whilst we cannot do anything to get rid of them completely (apart from if you’re rocking a buzz cut or TWA) there are some steps that we can take to minimise these and make our lives easier.
- Trim your ends regularly!
It is important to keep your ends healthy to help maintain length and thickness in your hair. If you tend to wear your hair in its natural state a lot, it is recommended to trim your ends every 3-4 months. And this should be done by a professional that actually knows how to work with kinky curly textured hair.
2. Moisturise your ends!
Ensuring moisture keeps your hair lubricated. This makes it harder for your hair to wrap around itself and create a knot.
3. Sleep with a satin bonnet!
Keeping your hair protected from the friction of cotton is important to maintain moisture, which as stated above is also important to help prevent single strand knots, and also to prevent the constant rubbing of your hair against the cotton pillowcases to create small and large knots in your hair. A satin bonnet, scarf, or pillowcase are much smoother on the surface and do not absorb moisture. This makes it harder for your hair to even think about tangle up
4. Little to no manipulation!
Wearing hairstyles such as twists and buns prevent you from touching your hair all the time, from your rubbing against your clothes, and also from the climate messing around with your hair. All these factors cause some type of friction that will encourage single strand knots. Keeping your hair away and protected (in a recommended way!) also minimise single strand knots in your hair.
I hope these tips help you guys out and that you guys can implement it in your routine if you already haven’t.
Have you read my article on porosity?
Until the next time x