Single Strand Knot (SSK) is the enemy of all naturals. How SSKs show up is a mystery that I attempt to understand! There have been many misconceptions about this SSK phenomenon. If you haven’t heard or have no idea what I’m talking about, SSKs are little knots that show up on the end of the hair. I have tried researching and asking experts what’s the deal with these knots. However, I haven’t heard of an extraordinary explanation of how to get rid of them. As my hair has become longer it seems that SSKs tend to show up even more. Through my experiences and research I found that SSK is one of the things that I have to come to terms with as my hair grows longer. Even though I can’t get rid of them completely, I can decrease the likeliness of them showing up all over. I’m not going to sit here at my desk and tell you that it’s easy ignoring them? Hell NO. As soon as I see one I’m compelled to get the scissors and cut it goodbye. However, the craziness that can take over when it comes to these knots is getting to be too much. Here are 5 ways to decrease SSKs so they aren’t as noticeable and so you don’t become crazy obsessed with them like I was.
Pre-pooing your hair is when you soak your hair in an oil of your choice, such as olive or coconut, and let it sit for 15-20 min prior to washing your hair. Pre-pooing your hair makes it easier to detangle and possibly unravel them if it’s more than two strands that are creating your knot. Pre-pooing also helps moisturize your hair since some shampoos tend to take the moisture out. The oil will help the shed hair slide passed, which in turn increases the knots.
Wash in Sections
As your hair grows longer you will have to start washing your hair in sections. When the hair is washed together tangles are more likely to occur due to our curls. Our curls tend to love being around one another, which can turn into loops that form SSKs if you start washing your hair all at once. I personally place my hair in 4-6 sections, but some naturals tend to wash their hair in loose twists and braids. Do what works for you through trial and error.
Trims are important, especially as hair grows. I used to think that I didn’t need to trim and would go months without trimming. After my hair reached MBL I found that trims make a world of difference with SSKs. When you see a lot of SSKs it might be time to have a trim, and no, I’m not talking about two or more inches. It could just be a little dusting, which is about 1/2 an inch. Trimming your hair decreases SSKs and will have your ends looking fresh.
If you need a refresher on signs your in need a trim. Read 5 Signs your in need of a trim
I cannot say this enough: it is very important to keep your hair moisturized. Moisture leads to less SSKs because hair is less likely to tangle if it’s moisturized. For some of us, especially for me, keeping the ends moisturized means placing hair in a protective style. Protective styles prevent hair from receiving the daily manipulation that can be daunting on strands. However, when you have these protective styles, remember to continue to keep your hair moisturized. For example, when you have two strand twists, continue to moisturize your hair by taking your moisturizer product or oil and running it through your hair, especially your ends. Regardless of the style you choose, remember to moisturize.
Stretch Your Hair
Curly hair styles such as wash n’ gos can be the perfect chance for knots to form. Hair styles, like two strand twists, braid outs, banding or bunning are ways to stretch the hair. Stretching can make it less likely for your hair to loop and form knots.
What do you do about your Single Strand Knots?