how NOT to get knots???

FayebayeFayebaye Posts: 1Registered Users
Im trying to grow my hair out and I keep getting knots at the tips of my hair that I have to cut out!! I wash my hair every 3-4 days and while im in the shower I comb it with a wide tooth comb and thats when I find them. Is there something I can do where I dont have to comb my hair every day to help this?


  • Mimi2010Mimi2010 Posts: 189Registered Users
    I get knots all the time. I don't cut them because I would have no hair. People say u need to keep your hair moisturized. That doesn't help me either. It's just the makeup of my hair. I wear WnGs so I don't comb my hair everyday. I believe the only way u can limit them is to do protective styles
  • lolo918lolo918 Posts: 729Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    It depends on the knots- I have single strand knots like the ones I think mimi is referring to all the time. My hair is a 3C/4A mix that just curls up on itself. If the knots are from multiple strands, then it could be a few different things.

    Again, it could still be moisture issues like mimi has said and better moisture retention will help.

    For me, another solution is trimming. I have horrible problems with tangling when I need a trim.

    The other solution to that for me is not handling my hair too often. Arranging my curls, reapplying water and products, things like that don't cause it. However, if I touch my hair throughout the day, or too often between washes this happens.

    I don't know if any of these things will help you or not but hopefully you will be able to figure it out.
    3C/4A, fine texture, low-medium density, and low porosity
    CG since November 2013.

    Pre-Poo: infrequent now, Coconut Oil overnight
    Shampoo: Curls unleashed/for occasional sulfate wash when needed, everlasting sunshine.
    Conditioner: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine and GVP's conditioning balm.
    Styler: iagirl's flaxseed curl cream or gelatin gel/conditioner mix. <3
    PT: iagirl's gelatin treatment 3-4 times a month, with conditioner/honey/avj
  • XhexaniaXhexania Posts: 65Registered Users
    I have this problem as well, but it reaches its peak after I shampoo my hair. When I get out of the shower and seal, I notice large knots, which I try to ease out. When that fails, I just grab my shears and cut them out. However, I don't want to continue to cut them out because I won't have any hair left to cut if I do.

    Does anyone have any recommendations?
    Fine Strands, High Density, (Seemingly) Normal Porosity
  • oohoohdejavuoohoohdejavu Posts: 16Registered Users
    You can try an apple cider vinegar rinse before you put in your leave in. That's what helped me. You have to use cool water and it's better to not rinse it out. So dilute it until you can tolerate the smell. The acv smooths your hair so it doesn't snag and knot up too much.

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  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    That didn't happen to me when in used apple cider vinegar. My hair was shedding when I used it. So not cool.
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I used less than a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a sink full of water. Hot mess.
  • curlylocs232curlylocs232 Posts: 143Registered Users
    Knots like this used to happen to me. Using a more moisturising leave in has helped. I also stopped using combs or brushes and I finger detangle with lots of olive oil before washing. Also I only cowash or cleanse as the shampoos dry my hair which leads to knots. Finger detangling helps because it doesn't split my ends like combs or brushes do and split ends seems to make my hair knottier. There'll always be one or two small knots (made up of two strands together) that I cannot get out but they are tiny. Sometimes I'll snip them off and sometimes I'll leave them - I rarely find them again in all this hair!!
  • HeartsesHeartses Posts: 37Registered Users
    Gently hold the hair at the ends when you detangle. It will loosen the knots so you can get them out without damaging or cutting any hair. I've been learning that from finger detangling vids on YouTube. My ends don't frizz up when I do this either.
  • CcargoCcargo Posts: 11Registered Users
    I used to get them too. Detangling from bottom to top with lots of conditioner and keep hair stretched helped me. I don't have any ssks anymore
  • RimiRimi Posts: 2,001Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Oil rinsing and keeping your hair stretched will work wonders!

    Also, you might want to reconsider washing your hair so frequently.
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  • WonderWallWonderWall Posts: 19Registered Users
    i feel like the knots are evil, but i is apart of having curly hair.
    Pre-Poo: Aleo/acv + oil
    Shampoo: Shampoo bar
    Conditiner: A Mix of things
    Leave-in: thick leave in/ butter
    Refresh: light leave in /water/oil
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I get ssks but not a whole lot of them unless I screw up with protein overload, expose loose my hair to high wind or let my hair dry unstretched. Oil rinses help. For me to biggest difference has been moisturizing and sealing my ends every night.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I avoid knots by washing my hair regularly and getting my hair trimmed every 8-10 weeks. When my hair starts to shed, I know its time to trim.
  • twirlygrannytwirlygranny Posts: 1,114Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    For me...silicone conditioners. I got more knots when I was full CG
  • FilthyBeastFilthyBeast Posts: 7Registered Users
    For me, I've found finger detangling from roots to tips, vs. tips to roots helpful. When I hit a SSK, I wash it with soap and water and pat it dry. Often, that is enough for the product-free hair to slide apart with a gentle pull. If not, I pull the strands apart from the bottom up.

    When none of the above works, I snip it off.

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