How do you avoid single strand knots.

Since my BC just under a month ago. I've been finding loads of single strand knots. My hair is about about 12cm long, so not long enough for bunning or ponytails.
BC - 21/07/08
Transitioning since 23/08/07
Coarse 4a
12 centimeters sounds fairly long to me, have you tried stretching your hair to do buns or ponytails. Even on wet hair, you may be able to get the back half into a ponytail and find a creative style for the front half (parted twists, a buffon, front pinned to the side or back w/ clips). Anyway, there is no real way to avoid single strand knots; it is just what kinky hair does when it shrinks and coils on top of itself. I doubt that it will take anything away from your hair length or cause major breakage, so I wouldn't worry about it. Basic things that you can do to ensure that they stay at a minimum is making sure that your hair is properly moisturized everyday, using a good detangling leave in conditioner ( Jane Carter, Giovanni, Qhemet Biologics Olive Detangler), and wet your hair often to help the curls loosen up and hang for at least a few minutes of the day, especially if you are wearing your hair unstretched. Another thing that helps is wearing stretched or protective styles so that your hair strands won't have a chance to coil/curl over themselves and create knots. However, your hair is meant to be enjoyed and worn out if you want, and it naturally knots sometimes no matter what you do, so I wouldn't take these things to the extreme. Just let your hair do what it will.
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I get knots in my hair too. At one time I thought my hair was damaged. So I kept cutting it, but that did not work either. A good trim is important; however does not always prevent every knot. I have a lot fewer knots when a moisturize my hair like crazy. Like Paraty said, Moisture will reduce them though. You may want to check out this article too: http://www.naturallycurly.com/super-...ane-da-costa-5

Good luck. Let us know what you find that works.
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I guess it's something I'll have to deal with. Hopefully as it grow it will curl back on itself less.

I can get the back in to a ponytail, so I guess i need to be a little more creative.
BC - 21/07/08
Transitioning since 23/08/07
Coarse 4a

Last edited by Naddy; 08-21-2008 at 11:10 AM. Reason: -
Here is what a girl said over at LHCF about how she rarely gets knots

"I use nothing but pure coconut oil and other various oils...I only comb my hair while wet and I mean very wet. I get out of the shower, ring with my hands and then comb. I comb from the ends up and rarely, I mean RARELY have knots. I think it's because since I use fresh oils daily my hair has lots of slippage..."
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I just finished a Search-n-Destroy I have far fewer knots than last year, but I still get some... I may have cut out 15 or 16 today...I hate those pesky knots!!!!
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Here is what a girl said over at LHCF about how she rarely gets knots

"I use nothing but pure coconut oil and other various oils...I only comb my hair while wet and I mean very wet. I get out of the shower, ring with my hands and then comb. I comb from the ends up and rarely, I mean RARELY have knots. I think it's because since I use fresh oils daily my hair has lots of slippage..."
Originally Posted by Cheekyfa

hmmm.

there was a time recently where i was rinsing daily w/ conditioner loaded in oil (castor and grapeseed). my hair was much easier to detangle and had less knots...eventhough i was wearing my hair "out" all the time. not sure why i stopped.

i'll be staying in protectives, but when it's time to take them out and detangle...i think this is what i'm going to be doing.
Here is what a girl said over at LHCF about how she rarely gets knots

"I use nothing but pure coconut oil and other various oils...I only comb my hair while wet and I mean very wet. I get out of the shower, ring with my hands and then comb. I comb from the ends up and rarely, I mean RARELY have knots. I think it's because since I use fresh oils daily my hair has lots of slippage..."
Originally Posted by Cheekyfa

hmmm.

there was a time recently where i was rinsing daily w/ conditioner loaded in oil (castor and grapeseed). my hair was much easier to detangle and had less knots...eventhough i was wearing my hair "out" all the time. not sure why i stopped.

i'll be staying in protectives, but when it's time to take them out and detangle...i think this is what i'm going to be doing.
Originally Posted by runrunrunner
That does sound good. Im been eyeing the Nubian Heritage line for some time now. Their coconut papaya line has a lot of coconut oil in it. I think its time to make a purchase
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-Back on the (rajasthani) henna train! My hair is so much better now.
-KBB hair butter mixed with Hairveda Cocasta oil
-Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent
Here is what a girl said over at LHCF about how she rarely gets knots

"I use nothing but pure coconut oil and other various oils...I only comb my hair while wet and I mean very wet. I get out of the shower, ring with my hands and then comb. I comb from the ends up and rarely, I mean RARELY have knots. I think it's because since I use fresh oils daily my hair has lots of slippage..."
Originally Posted by Cheekyfa
Hmmm. . . oils have never been much help in reducing knots for me, probably because instead of smoothing my hair they tend to ruffle the cuticle, which makes the hair catch onto each other.

Protective styling doesn't help me reduce knots much eitherbecause my hair is so lock-prone it mats in most twist styles (apart from Senegalese) or cornrows.

I guess that leaves me with the "moisturize frequently with detangling leave in conditioners" approach. If there is one thing I am guilty of it is not moisturizing daily. I am curious about the extent to which this is causing my knots, which has always been a big problem for me.

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