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Post by Skluffy101 on 26th February 2011, 12:42 pm

Hello I'm a senior in high school and have been natural for six months and my hair is driving me crazy. I have single strand knots EVERYWHERE and I don't understand why. Do I need more protein? More moisture? It's crunch time for me as a senior so maybe I haven't been giving it the love it needs. But my hair is getting so tangly and knotted for no reason that it's stressing me out more than I am already!

Help please!
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Post by meepmeep1101 on 26th February 2011, 1:46 pm

Probably more moisture, but how are you wearing your hair? Are you wearing protective styles or wash&gos?
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Post by Skluffy101 on 26th February 2011, 2:15 pm

I wear twist outs. My hair is in that awkward stage where it is two short for protective styles without looking funky. Razz. The only protective styles I could do is if I put in some weave, and I do not think I have money for that right now.
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Post by meepmeep1101 on 26th February 2011, 2:39 pm

Well, what is your regimen?
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Post by Mangos&Bananas on 26th February 2011, 2:49 pm

It probably just needs more moisture. Try castor oil. Its good with moisture and growth. Also, if your just getting tired or playing with it, have you though about a half wig? I know the word wig scares ppl off lol but their honestly really convenient, I promise. And you can get them for 20 dollars. Check out natural hair half wigs on youtube. Hope that helps.
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Post by NylaCoils on 26th February 2011, 2:54 pm

the single knots happen because the hair curls back into itself.
When you twist your hair, seal the ends with a shea butter or some type of creamy moisturizing product.
At night, when going to bed, retwist into chunky twists and seal again. Nikki did a post of the whole process a few months ago.

Hope that helps.
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Post by cagebird on 26th February 2011, 2:56 pm

Single strand knots is a common problem. I am currently suffering from the same issue. I tried the half wig before. It's good when I am in a rush.
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Post by meepmeep1101 on 26th February 2011, 3:20 pm

im trying to figure why i don't get single strand knots. I have only seen ONE O_O
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Post by Kimberly on 26th February 2011, 3:26 pm

Usually when I get single strand knots I need to trim.

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Post by Emartini04 on 26th February 2011, 7:55 pm

Sounds like you need more moisture and its time for a trim.
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Post by NylaCoils on 26th February 2011, 8:15 pm

Here is the link to the article, that Nikki originally posted about the single strand knots.



Nik's Article
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Post by Jo Somebody on 2nd March 2011, 1:56 pm

How are you with hats and scarves? Maybe you can braid/cornrow/twist your hair and keep it covered up for a few days then wear the twist-out for a couple days? Sort of like a compromise.
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Post by Skluffy101 on 5th March 2011, 12:46 pm

Thanks for everyone's suggestions!

I can't wear hats because I go to school and it's against school rules >.<

And yeah my hair probably needs to be moisturize because I trimmed it a few months ago already. But my hair is just so thick that it just soaks up everything. I do twist outs every week and the first two days are ok, but then after that my hair just gets crazy. Sad
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Post by Peachtree on 5th March 2011, 10:22 pm

I used to get them all of the time as a new natural. I began using butter mixes (in particular my homemade version) and although tangles still appeared, they were ultra easy to slip apart. The knots ceased!!

Also, maybe you could try dusting your ends... that might help, especially if the knots/tangles are closer to the ends of the strands.
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Post by Skluffy101 on 6th March 2011, 9:11 am

I'm also using a homemade butter mix as well. Smile What is yours mixed with? And yeah I can tell that it is easier to pull apart now, and today I will dust my ends again to see if it will work. It's just that my hair seems to not like to hold moisture very well Sad
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