Are These Tangles or Curls?

Hi. I posted this question on another site, but figured I'd post here too for a response.

I have had permed hair longer than I can remember, I'll say since about age 5. Every female in my family had permed hair until recently (now a lot have locs) but that's all just to say that I am incredibly unfamiliar with natural black hair and what it's like.

I have what I think is either 3c and/or 4a hair (also a small wavy section). I have small ringlets, dry and wet. Now, I detangle mostly with my fingers with conditioner in my hair. Here is where my question comes in:

Every now and then I will come across sections of hair that are wrapped around each other. I used to think that it was just a thicker curl, until I started to pull one apart one day and it separated into thinner segments. Are these sections the beginnings of knots, or is it just the nature of curls and how it's supposed to be? I make sure to undo them every time I come across them now, but they don't seem like they do any damage the time that they're in there, my hair isn't hard to detangle. (I have about 2 inches of natural hair, detangle once a week or so when I wash my hair.)

Last Relaxer: July 6th, 2012, approx 1:30pm.
12 months/52.2 weeks/365 days transitioning!

"Right now I'm wearing a 'Darn-I-Went-To-Bed-Without-A-Scarf' and later I'm gonna try a 'Salvage-This-And-Try-To-Look-Presentable.'"
I would consider that to be curls. That sounds like what my hair does when it "clumps" just makes a bigger, fatter curl. Even the smaller curls, you could probably separate and make skinnier and skinnier until it's just the single strands left. I wouldn't worry about them or even try to separate them (for me, if I keep separating the clumps that's what causes them to tangle at the ends. If I leave them alone, they're fine.)

4a?? Maybe 3c...some 4b??? No clue

tiny s-waves, coils, and spirals

- Cleanser: CJ Daily Fix or KC Come Clean
- Co-wash: Suave Naturals or V05
- RO: GVP Conditioning Balm or Tresemme Naturals
-Stylers: Garnier Pure Clean Gel, CJ Aloe Fix, KCCC

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Thanks for your input! I was pretty confused. The shape is different from my normal curls--they form together into neatly shaped tubes, and when I take them apart they would just be separate ringlet curls. I was like "...Was my hair dreading?"
Last Relaxer: July 6th, 2012, approx 1:30pm.
12 months/52.2 weeks/365 days transitioning!

"Right now I'm wearing a 'Darn-I-Went-To-Bed-Without-A-Scarf' and later I'm gonna try a 'Salvage-This-And-Try-To-Look-Presentable.'"

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