Top 7 ways to reduce single strand knots

Single strand knots are normal when it comes to curly, kinky hair since the curls are tightly held, the looser the curls, the less the single strand knots. Single strands happen when a single strand twist around itself forming a knot.

Hello mane embracers, I hope your crowns are flourishing and your skin glowing. Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my natural hair blog.

So, we are taking a break from the moisturizing series and talk single strand knots. Ever put your hands in your hair and feel some little balls at the end or anywhere on you strand? Well, those are the little annoying single strand knots or fairy knots.

Single strand knots are caused by manipulation, lack of moisture, improper or skipping detangling, trims or dusting. As I type this I’ve got a couple of single strand knots which I’ll be dusting or rather searching and destroying them.

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During my transitioning days, I never had the patience to detangle so I would just pull and break them off but now I know better and doing better. Never pull them off your hair just trim your hair to reduce bigger knots due to knotting and tangling with shed hair. You can’t completely get rid of single strand but you can minimize the occurrence which will too minimize breakage.

How to reduce single strand knots on type 4 hair.
Proper Detangling

Detangling the right way will reduce knots. Use an instant detangler or conditioner to give you a good slip and detangle from the ends to the roots. Catch up detangling tips and how to properly detangle here.

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Moisturizing and sealing
Dry hair is prone to knotting so keep your strands moisturized, use LOC/LCO methods to moisturize your hair paying more attention to your ends since they are the driest and oldest part of your hair. Moisturized hair is less likely to tangle and knot, get to know about more ways to moisturize and seal in the moisture here.

Avoid/ Go slow on Wash & Go
Have always wanted to nail a wash and go, Pinterest unleashed the FOMO in me. You know a girl has to feel cute and wow everyone around but the thought of my hair tangling gets me into a Nah, not today sis. I tried a wash and go once and had a few feel good hours and a couple of pictures. That aside, due to shrunken state of hair, it tends to attract, twist, loop on each other causing knots and tangles. Avoid wash and go if you can or just wear once in a while.

My very first wash and go

Stretch your hair/Protect your ends.
Stretched hair is less likely to wrap around each other since the curls aren’t tightly bound that’s the reason why type 1&2 don’t struggle much with knots and tangles. Always stretch your hair before wearing a protective style. You can stretch your hair with minimal heat or without heat.
Protect your ends by wearing protective styles that tuck them or tie up your hair to keep it off your jewels and clothes.

protect ends to minimize single strand knots
Mini twists with a braided base

Work with sectioned hair.
Washing all of your hair at once can cause single strand knots and tangles since your hair is shrunken state and all over the place making it easy to wrap around each other. Wash, detangle, moisturize and style in sections to reduce occurrence of knots and tangles, sectioned hair is easy to work with.
Some naturals wash their hair in twists or braid to reduce hair knotting and tangling , haven’t tried that yet but when I do I will let you know all about the experience.

Regular trims and dusting.
Healthy and moisturized ends are less likely to knot and tangle. Trimming or dusting restores health to your strands meaning less breakage, knots, tangles and frizz. Missed posts on how to know you need a trim and how to dust, catch up on them here and here.

Bed time care
Sleep on a satin/silk pillowcase, bonnet or scarf to reduce friction between your hair and material having it wrap around each other. Hold your hair in a high puff or chunky twists and braids to reduce knotting and tangling. I must confess lately I’ve been sleeping with my twists and braid-outs out and that’s one of the reasons why my hair got a couple of single strand knots , a girl knows better now and will do better moving forwards. Life’s full of lessons, learning and unlearning.

Hope you found this helpful, see you on the next post on moisturizing using the baggy method. Share this with your family, friends, colleagues and everyone you feel needs this. Sharing is caring 💜💜💜.

How do you minimize single strand knots?

Everything Tangles and how to properly detangle Type 4 Natural Hair.

Tangles! Tangles! Tangles! Let’s talk about causes of tangles and how to properly detangle even the worst tangles. Long time no post but here we are. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for hair care tips. Let’s talk about tangles for a minute but first, is your hair always tangled? Here is why. Tangles and knots can be such a pain but can be minimized. How to minimize tangles. Keep your hair moisturized. Moisturize properly and regularly. Let go of damaged and split ends. Don’t keep your two strand twists for too long and re-twist when you notice your roots are getting fluffy after cleansing. Detangle properly  Consider low manipulation styles to wearing your hair out Wear low manipulation & protective styles on stretched hair. Pat your hair with an old t-shirt/ towel to absorb the water after cleansing or use a microfiber towel. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel. Essential detangling tools. Spray bottle Hair clip or scrunchies Wide-tooth comb Micro-fiber towel Conditioner/ Detangler Detangling brush How to properly detangle/ ultimate detangling steps. Work with sections. First, section into smaller parts. Detangling smaller sections is easier and not as time consuming. Start with damp hair. Spray water on your hair until damp. Add a conditioner/ detangler with a good slip to smoothen the tangles. Start detangling from the ends to the roots with your fingers. Don’t snap off the tangles, slowly separate the strands from the tangle. Comb with a wide tooth comb from the ends to the roots of each section then run it through your entire length. You can also use a detangling brush to detangle. Twist / braid or clip the detangled section and repeat the same for all other sections. Detanglers & conditioners to check out / purchase. TGIN Quench 3-in-1 Co-Wash Conditioner and Detangler SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Hair Detangling Kinky-Curly, Knot Today, Natural Leave in / Detangler Oyin Handmade Oh My Glide! Prestyling Detangler Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves & Naturals The Great Detangle Marini Naturals 3 IN 1 Leave-In Conditioner  Saru Organics Tea Tree And Peppermint Detangler SHETH NATURALS Detangling Instant Conditioner Share with the tribe your detangling tips and detangling products and tools that have worked for you.

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Natural hair Styles; 5 Easy to achieve styles.

I did a thing guys. Your girl is on a mission to try new styles and up her styling game. Hello Mane Embracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it for healthy hair care tips and tricks. Flat twist-out Afro I did another thing, installed flat twists as my low manipulation style for a week or so and the flat twist-out turned to an Afro. I love wearing my Afro or may be I love it because my styling game is 👎👎👎. Either way we all agree that afros are cute. Bun & bangs. First, I uploaded a tutorial on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to check out. It’s an easy to achieve style. Got no time to figure out how style your hair? Well, this style is for you. Bun & flat twist Same bun but flat twisted the bangs & the look gave me some ‘ hey there, praise and worship & good gal vibe.’ It’s an official look, easy to achieve style & a less than 5 minutes style. Low puff & twists. I live for high puffs but side puffs are okay too. I loved the look & the twists were, “hide my forehead thing.” Hello fellow gals with a big forehead & heart. Twists & tucked twists. Turned the low puff to chunky twists and pinned them. For a moment I thought I had locs but they don’t look like locs though. The IT style. How gorgeous is this style? I would love to know which of the styles is your favorite.

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