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Single Strand Knots, The Natural Girl’s Foe

Single Strand KnotI have been natural for over 3 years and I have NEVER been able to rid my hair completely of single strand knots. SSK’s occur when the hair strand wraps around itself and literally forms a knot. The reasons they occur are varied but the 2 general causes are simply due to dry hair or hair that tangles easily because of its curl pattern. Either way, many of us have resolved to live with these troublesome little phenomena but what if anything can we do to lessen their presence? Below I have a few ideas

1. Moisturize at least twice a day once in the morning and right before bed. The moisturizer should be nutritive in nature, like a butter or anything with super moisturizing natural ingredients. Along with the moisturizer it is important to use a oil to seal this keeps the strands ‘wet’ and less likely to knot up. I have been using both grease and olive oil to seal my hair and the slip of the oil keeps the strands so slippery it is almost impossible for a knot to hold.

2. Wear protective styles, braids, braid outs, twist outs, roller sets, curl formers. Use rollers at the end of your hair when doing a twist out to keep the ends stretched for even more protection from knots. Admittedly I am a wash and go kind of girl all day.. so I do not generally wear protective styles. For me sealing with and oil before applying styler is a must! The oil helps keep the slip as explained in tip 1.

3. Protect your hair while you sleep. Wear silk/satin bonnets or scarves to bed and for extra protection sleep on a satin pillowcase. Additionally keep your hair stretched at night. I am a bander like no other! My hair is always in two pony tails with goody bands placed down the length of my ponytail keeping my hair in place and stretched.

4. Straightened style. Flat ironed hair is less prone to have knots, that’s just a fact! That’s why relaxed ladies who transition to natural are often shocked at the existence of ssk’s. Wearing your hair straight helps deter these pesky things but excessive heat has its own problems so I would use this as a last resort.

5. Maintain the overall health of your hair. Deep condition regularly and maintain a good balance between moisture and protein, strong strands can only help in fighting the battle generally.

Hot Tip # Try Oil rinsing

- Shampoo hair
– Apply your favorite oil lightly warmed up in the microwave to hair, & leave in for 5 mins
– Rinse out the oil with warm water
– Condition your hair with your favorite conditioner
– Rinse out conditioner with cool water
– Detangle hair only while dripping wet, or under running water. The oil literally melts the tangles away!
– Seal in the moisture after applying a leave-in.



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Emily CottonTop

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Born and raised in St. Andrew Jamaica, I first moved to the United States in the year 2000 in order to find a job after college. I spent one year living in New York before moving to Texas in 2001. I went natural in 2008 after a bad perm experience and have enjoyed my hair ever since. I am still learning and I like sharing my experiences with my cottontop :)



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5 Comments

  1. 1

    Thank You!! I’ve recently noticed that my lovely coil strands have that annoying knot at the end!!

    • 2

      I didn’t even know what ssk’s were until after my big chop. I just used to assume that my ends were fried.

      • 3
        Emily CottonTop emilycottontop says:

        They are truly annoying… I have some right now I need to get rid of

  2. 4

    i have loads they only happen when i get fed up or tired of doing my hair

  3. 5

    Theyre actually called fairy knots…and I transitioned from relaxed back to natural about 3yrs ago. I didnt start getting fairy knots until about 5months ago

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