Want to grow my hair out... but all these KNOTS!!!

I'm completely at a loss here. My hair is just about BSL when stretched, and my goal is BSL curly. I have fine, color-treated (read: porous :[ ), 3b hair with probably 1" of virgin roots at this point and I'm just lost on what to do. I dream of having big sexy long curls, but at this point with all the knots in my hair and subsequent damage from constantly battling them (and split ends) I feel like it's unattainable!!!

I have been cowashing every other day and using leave-in conditioner. I've been light on the gel lately, though. I usually bun it at night, or pineapple it.

Would getting some kind of smoothing/texturizing/what-have-you treatment help me at all? I just want something that is temporary, but also will loosen my texture a bit so it doesn't just coil into itself constantly and tie itself into knots. I'm serious, my hair ties itself into knots as it dries! However I still LOVE it so I don't want to give it up forever.

I welcome any suggestions you have... let me know if I left out any pertinent info! Thank you!
type 3a/b, baby fine to medium, normal to high porosity except the canopy which is high.
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recently chopped off about 4" - HOW LIBERATING!!! Learning to love my hair again instead of hating it for being a knotty mess.
You should probably get a trim because you say you have split ends and that will help with the knots.... You could also do the search and destroy method and cut out all of your knots (if they are single strand knots but not like hole clumps of hair knots) and split ends
You should probably get a trim because you say you have split ends and that will help with the knots.... You could also do the search and destroy method and cut out all of your knots (if they are single strand knots but not like hole clumps of hair knots) and split ends
Originally Posted by Tripgirl3a
I have been getting regular trims, every 8 weeks, but my hair seems to have splits after just 2 or 3 weeks because of how much it knots up and the struggle of detangling even when I'm soaking wet covered in condish... I might need to up the protein but I'm a little nervous because of how dry the color made my hair.

I want something that will smooth out my hair; loosening the texture is a bonus too... but I don't want it forever.
type 3a/b, baby fine to medium, normal to high porosity except the canopy which is high.
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recently chopped off about 4" - HOW LIBERATING!!! Learning to love my hair again instead of hating it for being a knotty mess.
I'd try a protein treatment like keratin. I use the Organix 30-day straight treatment, and it doesn't fry/dry your hair and doesn't have any weird chemicals like formaldehyde or any other harsh products. It loosened my curl patter significantly which is what I wanted, but most of all, it restored my hair's proteins. I was having the same problem you are, lots of knots and breakage from not taking care of my hair (chemicals, using a brush and ripping through it, etc). It has done wonders for my hair. Also, you might want to start using an anti-breakage serum each time you wash. The Organix company makes one also.

Do you wear your hair down a lot? That could be one cause of all the knots. Keeping your hair bunned most of the time if feasible is your best bet until you get your hair back under control.

What kind of conditioner are you using to detangle when you wash?
Washing as often as you are may also be causing the knots/breakage. Is there any way you could try stretching washes out a few more days instead of every other day?
25", hennahead, CO, goal: hip

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