Why Do You Get Single-Strand Knots & How to Manage Them
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Why Do You Get Single-Strand Knots & How to Manage Them

Single-strand hair knots can be a common occurrence for persons with naturally curly, kinky or coily hair due to the hair follicles being oval-like in shape. A single-strand knot can form when a hair strand loops around itself or other hair strands, causing a tiny knot. They can also form during the use of vigorous styling techniques and manipulation of the hair, when shampooing your hair, if your hair has not been detangled properly, by the friction your hair follicles experience when you dry your hair with a cotton towel or sleep on a cotton pillowcase, or when hair rubs against certain clothing or knit hats. These knots can, unfortunately, result in breakage when combing or brushing your hair. There are, however, things you can do to minimize the formation of single-strand knots.


Here are 10 easy tips to follow:

1) Apply a moisturizing conditioner to your hair prior to shampooing. This may lower the chances of hair getting tangled during the cleansing process.

2) Shampoo hair gently with a sulfate-free shampoo, placing more emphasis on your scalp than the ends of your hair.

3) Detangle hair when it is wet and conditioned. Deep conditioning your hair creates a slippery barrier that helps to minimize tangles and knots.

4) Rinse the conditioner out of your hair with cool water. Cool water assists with closing the hair cuticles and seals in moisture. Single-strand knots can occur when the cuticles on the hair strands are raised.

5) Take your time. Although natural/textured hair is more elastic when wet, it is still fragile and requires a great amount of care and patience.

6) Avoid using fine-tooth combs or brushes with hard bristles when styling. Style with your fingers as much as possible. This will also assist with identifying strands that may have formed a hair knot.

7) Use moisture-rich products with natural oils to reduce friction and keep hair strands from being too dry/brittle.

8) Maintain regular trims by a professional. Neglecting to get your ends trimmed with the proper hair cutting shears can result in split/frayed ends and breakage. While in the salon chair, also seek consultation regarding the condition of your hair and treatment options available.

9) Protect your hair overnight by braiding it up, applying a light carrier oil to your ends, wearing a satin or silk scarf or sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase.

10) If unable to unloop the knot, it is best to cut the strand just above the knot with hair shears. Using other types of scissors or scissors with a dull blade can snag hair resulting in frayed/split ends.

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