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Old 05-08-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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The bottom of my hairs are full of pixie knots. What causes this and what is it a sign of? I haven't had a cut or trim since Jan 9th of this year. I'm just trimming the hairs off right above the knot.
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If I knew what pixie knots were, maybe I could help you. But I don't, so I can't.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:28 PM   #3
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The ends of my hair literally has little knots tied in them.

It looks like pixies tied them during the night.
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Are pixie knots the knots you have on a single strand of hair?
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I have them too...figured they were from tangling or running my fingers through my hair too much--therefore causing more tangling. Most of the time it's just a single strand knot, but sometimes two or three strands are knotted together. I've tried extra conditioner on the ends, doesn't work. So I just cut them off too!
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:08 PM   #6
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Are pixie knots the knots you have on a single strand of hair?
Yes and mine are on the very ends of my hair. I tried to do a search and only found 2 other threads that mentioned them but didn't give any advice on how to take care of them or what causes them.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Speckla I don't get tangles at all, I think it's impossible when hair is this Thick but my little one gets some bad tangles. I've noticed when I started using a pea size of shea butter and/or coconut oil before bed, her tangles are practically non-existent. Do you have either of these on hand that you could put in tonight and sleep on it?
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:42 PM   #8
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Nope, Del, only oil in the house if olive oil for cooking. Oil and my hair = a big no no. My hair hates oil. I think it's because my strands are fine and thinnish. I probably need to be cowashing more often. I've been stretching it out now and just wetting my hair every 3rd or 4th day.
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Nope, Del, only oil in the house if olive oil for cooking. Oil and my hair = a big no no. My hair hates oil. I think it's because my strands are fine and thinnish. I probably need to be cowashing more often. I've been stretching it out now and just wetting my hair every 3rd or 4th day.
My little girl is fine haired too. I was hesitant to use oils or butters on her but as long as I use a very small amt., she does really well.

Sounds like you need a DT and your hair is needing moisture.
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I agree with Del, I used to get those a lot pre-CG. Now all the extra kindness from CG has taken care of them, and the only difference I can see is moisture.
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My hair is also fine, Speckla. I get those type of knots when it's time for a trim.
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Nope, Del, only oil in the house if olive oil for cooking. Oil and my hair = a big no no. My hair hates oil. I think it's because my strands are fine and thinnish. I probably need to be cowashing more often. I've been stretching it out now and just wetting my hair every 3rd or 4th day.
My little girl is fine haired too. I was hesitant to use oils or butters on her but as long as I use a very small amt., she does really well.

Sounds like you need a DT and your hair is needing moisture.
I agree but I don't know what to DT with. It was a disaster last time that I used honey, olive oil, and banana babyfoot. I haven't achieved the right balance of moisture in my hair since then. I was doing great with cowashing and vinegar rinses and then got a wild hair to DT even though I didn't need it. My hair is a mystery right now because it's the longest that it's ever been and I'm nearly clueless. I do need to shampoo again (aussie) and ... oh duh, I do have Aussie 3 minute miracle...DT time tomorrow. 3MM counts as a DT, right?
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leave it in longer then 3min woman! Have you tried Generic Value Products conditioning balm from Sally's? It's only like $6 and works really well.
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leave it in longer then 3min woman! Have you tried Generic Value Products conditioning balm from Sally's? It's only like $6 and works really well.
I use the Biotera Condish balm (same thing, 'round the same price) but I've run out. I'm trying to avoid buying more products right now. My son and I had to go to the doctor today -- prescriptions and visit kinda sucked up any extra $$.

I am definitely going to leave it in longer.
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Ack! I get those too. I remember reading about it several months ago, and I think the conclusion was that you need more moisture, so I think you are on track with the DT.

Also, I don't think you can do anything for your current single strand knots but cut them off and keep a close eye on your moisture level and ends from now on. I think you can leave them in, but they seem to be tied to split ends and breakage if left in.

Good luck!
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:31 AM   #16
 
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I used to get these back when I was brushing/combing my hair a lot. I've recently switched to finger de-tangling only and have noticed I don't get them as much.
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:27 AM   #17
 
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My daughter gets these!!

I thought it was just her

her hair is ultra fine, a hairdresser once said she has never seen hair so fine AND curly!! its the worst combination as when a knot appears its so fragile and fine that I can't untangle it and normally have to cut it out

Any advice onhow to avoid these kind of knots would be appriciated
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I get them too. Mine are always in the same area (rigth side , underneath) Question with Aussie 3 minute miracle. Doens't it have a cone in it? after you use A3mm do you have to do a sulfate wash??
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I get them too. Mine are always in the same area (rigth side , underneath) Question with Aussie 3 minute miracle. Doens't it have a cone in it? after you use A3mm do you have to do a sulfate wash??
It probably does have cones in it. I'm not CG right now and I shampoo with Aussie and use the conditioner.
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You guys may want to do a search in the 4a forum. This is a very common thing amongst 4a/4b hair. The knots come from tangles, and keeping the ends moisturised (with shea butter or any other butter) does help a lot. Also braiding the hair at night instead of sleeping on loose hair keeps the tangles at bay. HTH
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