How to Prevent Single Strand Knots on Natural Hair

With simple tips and the right products, you can say good-bye to single strand knots.

Do you have issues with single strand knots? While going natural with curly hair is a powerful form of self expression, it can also bring on a whole host of hair issues, like dryness, frizz and the dreaded single strand knots. However, a lot of these problems can be solved while taking some time for self care, and giving your hair gorgeous shine at the same time. Simple things, like moisturizing curly hair I can help to nourish your strands and prevent single strand knots. To help you deal with single strand knots on natural hair, we’re sharing six of our insider hair tips below. Read on and you’ll soon be saying bye, bye to your knots.

Single Strand Knots : Prevention Tips

How to Prevent Single Strand Knots on Natural Hair
As annoying as they may seem, you can get single strand knots out of your hair.

1. Detangle gently but throughly.

Single strand knots are a huge pain, we know. The worst thing about them is they can lead to larger knots in your hair because they can catch onto to other strands. To help prevent these “fairy knots” and prevent larger knots at the same time, be sure to detangle your hair regularly using Dove Absolute Curls Leave-In Detangler. We suggest that curly hair is detangled while wet (applying an oil helps too) with a large comb or your fingers. If you would like to, and if your hair can stand up to it without breaking, you can also go over the ends with a finer tooth comb.



2. Deep condition regularly.

Having moisturized strands is better for the health of your hair. And, as a bonus, doing a weekly hair mask can help to seal the cuticle of the hair so it’s less likely to catch on itself and create a single strand knot. We love in shower deep conditioners for adding a ton of moisture in just a few minutes. Try out the Dove Quench Absolute Intense Restoration Mask and the Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask. Both will leave your hair soft and bouncy.


3. Seal in moisture with oils.

Once your hair is moisturized, seal the moisture in with an oil. Coconut oil is always a good choice for natural hair. Applying Sauve Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment to the ends of your hair will also help to give the strands some slip. This is so important in preventing single strand knots because if the hair has enough slip it won’t catch on itself and turn into a knot.


4. Wear protective hairstyles.

One possible way that knots can happen is when curly hair is worn in a wash and go style. Styles that leave the ends of your curly hair out can lead to more knots. You may not notice a slightly windier day, but your hair most certainly does. Wearing braids or other protective styles will keep your ends from moving around too much. This will help cut down on potential knots.

5. Sleep on silk.

Cotton and curls are like mortal enemies. Cotton pillowcases (and towels) can be too rough for curly, natural hair. The cotton can catch on the hair, and the roughness can cause more potential knots. Instead sleep with your hair in a silk or satin cap or use a silky pillowcase. This way your hair can be protected from catching on cotton.

6. Leave them be.

If you do all these things and still end up with single strand knots, either leave them be or snip the individual strand. If you pull or pinch the strand with your fingers or nails, it can break the hair instead of cutting it. This leaves the end more ragged which can cause more knots. You can see your stylist for an all over trim or you can use sharp hair cutting shears to snip the individual strand just above the knot.

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