What are single strands knots?
Single strand knots are strands of hair that tangle within themselves to form a knot. Since the knots are so tiny, it can become very difficult to detangle. Single strands knots also can attach to other strands making the situation even worse. Curly and coily hair is most likely to experience single strands knots because of its shrinkage prone texture. Shed hairs also may also attach to single strand knots.
6 ways to prevent single strand knots:
1. Get regular trims
The ends of our hair is the driest, this is true for all hair textures. Dry hair and split ends are prone to knotting, so to be on the safe side trim regularly.
2. Oil the ends of your hair
Oiling your ends regularly, will ward off dryness and make your ends slippery preventing single strands knots. This is the best protection when it comes to length retention and stopping tangles.
3. Detangle your hair properly
For those of us with thick, curly hair, detangling can be a real chore. Although you may get tired, do not rush through the detangling process. Apply a slippery conditioner to your ends, our Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner is the best, then work the product up your strands. Detangle by using a detangling brush, preferably our Kurlee Belle Flexible Detangling Brush, saturate the hair in conditioner, moving from the ends upward. Detangling this way is a game changer, thank us later.
4. Protect your hair at night
Reduce friction on your hair and knotting by using a satin bonnet or a satin pillowcase at night. Instead of allowing your hair to run wild at bedtime, a bonnet or pillowcase will help keep your hair intact, reducing the chances of knots and dryness. Our Kurlee Belle Satin Bonnet and Kurlee Luxury Satin Pillowcase are great options for overnight hair protection.
5. Deep Condition every time you shampoo
Deep conditioning should be a normal part of your hair care routine, every time you shampoo. Yes, every single time. Regular deep treatments strengthen, moisturize and protect the hair. Our Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment is a great thick but slippery treatment for nourishing, moisturizing and softening the strands to get rid of knots.
6. Keep your hair hydrated
Dryness isn’t anyone’s friend, especially a curly girl. Keep your hair moisturized to reduce friction and healthy, shiny locs. Depending on your hair’s needs, use a water based leave-conditioner every day or every other day. We love our lightweight water based Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner for hydration.