Take good care of your ends. 10 Tips for Preventing Single Strand Knots

Trichonodosis also was known as One Strand Knots, Single Strand Knots, Fairy Knots, Pixie Knots and Peppercorn Knots are one of the most annoying things about having naturally curly to kinky hair.

I’ve rarely ever heard them referred to as endearing (and only if the person was being sarcastic). Most women either hate or ignore them. They charge them as just a necessary evil of being natural. When I first cut off my relaxed ends, I became all too familiar with these little nasties. Over time, I learned a few ways to manage these vexatious diminutive tangles.

So before you sentence yourself to countless hours of your life staring at your strands through a magnifying glass needle and scissors in tow, here are a couple of ideas on how to prevent single strand knots or reduce their
occurrence.

1. Moisturize at least twice a day with a nutritive moisturizer. Look for super moisturizing natural ingredients. Remember that oil is not a moisturizer. Make sure the strands are moisturized before you seal with an oil. Moisturized hair is less likely to knot up.

2. Do not give your hair the opportunity to coil up on its own: wear protective styles, braids, braid outs, twist outs or roller sets. For extra protection against knots, set the ends on rollers. This may be difficult to swallow if you’re a ‘wash-n-go’ type of girl, but if the knots are really getting on your nerves, you will have to decide whether you love your ‘fro more or hate the knots.

3. Protect your hair while you sleep. Wear silk/satin bonnets or scarves to bed. Braid, twist, bun or place your hair so that it’s comfortable for you to sleep, but in a way that it won’t coil up on its own ends. Friction from cotton bedding can damage the hair over time if it’s not being
protected.

4. Deep condition or use deep treatments on your hair weekly and really focus on taking care of those ends. Healthy hair is less likely to tangle, mat and knot.

5. Employ the use of oiling well-conditioned wet hair (also) known as oil rinsing to seal to make your hair easier to detangle. One way is to deep condition, apply oil and use a heat cap for 30-60 min. Another way is to shampoo, oil, condition and rinses the hair. This makes the hair easier to detangle and prevents knots and matting.

6. Do thorough, but careful detangling. Use a seamless fine tooth comb after detangling with a wide tooth comb or your fingers (and perhaps a Denman brush). Always start at the ends and work your way up. This is not something you’d want to do every day because using a comb in a hurry is tantamount to using a pair of scissors if you aren’t careful. A careful detangling should take A LOT of time. Divide your hair into sections and detangle each section before moving on to another section.

7. If you must shampoo, only apply the shampoo to your scalp. Some naturals shampoo their hair every two weeks or less.

There is a tendency on applying shampoo to the scalp on dry hair before any water ever touches the hair, the girls that do this found that this is a far superior method than the traditional way of shampooing. To do this you can section your hair, apply the shampoo to your scalp as if you were greasing your scalp, and then rinse out in the shower, making sure to really massage all of the shampoo out.

Another new way is to apply shampoo to your scalp, diluted with water, with an applicator bottle. With both methods, the hair never mats up, it’s far easier to detangle, and that means you will lose less hair when you wash. Shampoo can strip old fragile ends a breeding ground for fairy knots.

8. Keep your hands out of your hair. Too much manipulation will scratch the cuticle, wreak havoc and can lead to split or splitting ends and pixie knots. Would you claw at antique cotton drapes or a fabulous silk dress? Think of your hair that way.

9. Smooth your hair. Before styling or setting your hair, run your fingers down sections of your hair as if you are flat ironing your hair between your fingers. This will reduce frizz, stretch, smooth and lessen the chances of getting knots.

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by Tamara via Natural Hair Rules! and Kinkyfro Blog