During my brief affair with Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, I realized that my ends were looking pretty raggedy and I was getting more single strand knots. I HATE these, and immediately quit using the product (you’ll hear more about that later). That was about a week ago, and I’ve been conditioning my hair is minimize them ever since. They’re getting better, but not completely gone. Then, at the perfect time, Mane and Chic posted 10 Tips for Preventing One Strand Knots! Sweet. I posted a thread on Naturally Curly, but it’s nice to have a succinct list of tips in once place. Here are the first few:
- 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.
- Do not give your hair the opportunity to coil up on it’s 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.
- 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 it’s own ends. Friction from cotton bedding can damage the hair over time if it’s not being protected.
Now, I do all of those…except protective styles. I’m sorry, I love my wash n go! When my hair gets longer I plan on braiding and sealing at night, but right now it’s just not in the cards. However, I do seal with oil/pomade nightly, concentrating on my neck area. Check out the rest of the post for more tips…do you do anything else?