the evil single strand knots

CurlyNaya92CurlyNaya92 Posts: 15Registered Users
Hey everyone so for the past few months I have been noticing a slight rough texture at the end of my hair so I would do more deep treatments to get it soft but I've come to realize they are known as single strand knots. I'm not sure what to do about them I've done countless chops and still find more and more knots. Any one have some suggestions on how to get rid and prevent them? also my hair has been falling out in chunks later and from the root what could be the source of it? I will admit Im a college student and i haven't had the time and energy to take the best care of my hair but I do manage to keep it moisturized does anyone know what may be having my hair falling out from the roots?


thanks
also my hair type is 4a, course,high porosity, high density, medium length

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  • RimiRimi Posts: 2,001Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    The hair fall is likely just shedding. But if it's falling out in clumps, it could be an issue with your diet. Do you eat balanced meals and/or take supplements?

    Single strand knots (SSKs) are a normal component of textured hair. However, a remedy for an excessive amounts of SSKs is oil rinsing.

    Good luck!
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  • CurlyNaya92CurlyNaya92 Posts: 15Registered Users
    I probably have one of the worst diets so maybe that can be a main factor I'm just not sure how to completely change it and as for the SSk i will definitely try the oil rinsing
    thanks for the tips
  • KinkyCoilyCurlsKinkyCoilyCurls Posts: 95Registered Users
    Hey everyone so for the past few months I have been noticing a slight rough texture at the end of my hair so I would do more deep treatments to get it soft but I've come to realize they are known as single strand knots. I'm not sure what to do about them I've done countless chops and still find more and more knots. Any one have some suggestions on how to get rid and prevent them? also my hair has been falling out in chunks later and from the root what could be the source of it? I will admit Im a college student and i haven't had the time and energy to take the best care of my hair but I do manage to keep it moisturized does anyone know what may be having my hair falling out from the roots?


    thanks
    also my hair type is 4a, course,high porosity, high density, medium length

    I'm having the same issues with ssks... I always have a ton, even when I trim my hair, I get more right after, and some are so high up the hair shaft, I'd have to shave my hair off to get rid of them. Recently I got my hair straightened, and despite losing a lot of length, I tried to cut out a lot of the ssks, but even as my hair is straightened, and as I'm trimming the ends, I still continue to get ssks, right on the freshly cut ends!!! Some people say silicones cause them, some say they prevent. I tried for a long time to go without silicones... didn't stop them... now I'm using silicones... still didn't stop them...
    I'd have to say that they're inevitable especially since my straight hair, that is usually up in a bun, keeps creating more on my freshly cut ends (and I keep s&d-ing them out causing me to lose more length),
    But to cut down on them, I'd say wearing my hair inprotective styles and straightened, creates less of them... when I'd wear w&g and puffs often, my strands are free to do as they please and to tangle arounf themselves. Despite my hair still tangling when straight, it's still a lot less than when curly. So I'd say stretched styles like a blow out or straightened help prevent it - and protective styles (w/ or w/o extensions) help (not including buns, unless done on stretched hair).

    I'm also having the same problem of my hair falling out in clumps... my hair (as in the density) is very thin and I'm only 21. I'm not sure what is causing this, but I'm doing the inversion method right now, and I'm going to start massaging my hair everyday (but w/o inverting) and see if that helps my scalp any. I also am going to be using a shampoo brush whenever I shampoo.
    Goosefootprint Analysis:
    Hair Strand Thickness
    Root: Fine - Medium Midshaft: Medium Ends: Slightly Coarse

    Hair Elasticity Dry: Normal

    Hair Elasticity Wet: Low

    Porosity
    Roots: Low Midshaft & Ends: Mixture of Normal & Porous
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I don't think you can wear your hair curly and completely eliminate ssks but for me there are ways to reduce them. I just had to cut more than usual because I went longer than I usually do in washing my hair. Mistake but since I hadn't trimmed my hair in awhile it's all good. The thing is to get to know your hair


    1) I find not keeping my hair moisturized enough is one the main culprits. For me, keeping my hair moisturized means not going more than 3 days without washing. When my hair is moisturized the ends of my twists will curl up but when my hair is dry the ends won't curls and instead tangle forming ssk. The ends of my twists not curling is also how I judge needing to trim btw. In my case silicones cause ssks because silicones cause buildup on my hair and therefore dryness and therefore ssks.


    2) Also having something on your ends to reduce friction helps. Right now I'm using castor oil but I've found sealing my ends with shea butter works good for when I'm not using gel in my hair.


    3) I don't let my hair fly all over the place when it's windy outside. For me this causes a lot of tangles and ssks. Since I work outdoors a lot bunning has really helped me with this.


    4) Not doing to many wash and gos. I know some people only like doing this style and I do it sometimes but in a modified version where I stretch my hair in four big clips until damp then let my hair down. Letting my hair have a free for all shrinkage fest is asking for trouble.


    5) Oil rinsing. I haven't always been consistent with this but it does help. I actually started keeping my oil mixture in the shower. There are several ways to do oil rinses but I do the lazy version. I mix it with my rinse out conditioner in the palm of my hand then apply to my hair. I do this in four sections. and let it sit in my hair while showering then rinse.
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  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Single strand knots were the bane of my existence for ages. What worked for me (discovered unintentionally) was doing baptism rinses. Since I've started doing those routinely, I've barely found any single strand devils. Don't quite know why, if maybe it's just because my hair is more moisturised or something, or if my hair loves my new conditioner, but that's what worked for me!
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    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

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  • MIA1487MIA1487 Posts: 85Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    single strand knots are typical in type 4 hair especially. It is natural and something you just cant get rid of. But other users mentioned how to minimize it.
  • curlyhead101curlyhead101 Posts: 2Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have the same issue and I found out that it was actually the hair product that I was using that caused it. Maybe thats your problem too.
  • ReynaCRReynaCR Posts: 405Registered Users
    adthomas wrote: »
    I don't think you can wear your hair curly and completely eliminate ssks but for me there are ways to reduce them. I just had to cut more than usual because I went longer than I usually do in washing my hair. Mistake but since I hadn't trimmed my hair in awhile it's all good. The thing is to get to know your hair


    1) I find not keeping my hair moisturized enough is one the main culprits. For me, keeping my hair moisturized means not going more than 3 days without washing. When my hair is moisturized the ends of my twists will curl up but when my hair is dry the ends won't curls and instead tangle forming ssk. The ends of my twists not curling is also how I judge needing to trim btw. In my case silicones cause ssks because silicones cause buildup on my hair and therefore dryness and therefore ssks.


    2) Also having something on your ends to reduce friction helps. Right now I'm using castor oil but I've found sealing my ends with shea butter works good for when I'm not using gel in my hair.


    3) I don't let my hair fly all over the place when it's windy outside. For me this causes a lot of tangles and ssks. Since I work outdoors a lot bunning has really helped me with this.


    4) Not doing to many wash and gos. I know some people only like doing this style and I do it sometimes but in a modified version where I stretch my hair in four big clips until damp then let my hair down. Letting my hair have a free for all shrinkage fest is asking for trouble.


    5) Oil rinsing. I haven't always been consistent with this but it does help. I actually started keeping my oil mixture in the shower. There are several ways to do oil rinses but I do the lazy version. I mix it with my rinse out conditioner in the palm of my hand then apply to my hair. I do this in four sections. and let it sit in my hair while showering then rinse.


    ^^ THIS

    Also, people when you say you're chopping and chopping, sometimes you might just need a fresh cut. Like, a few months ago I was posting something of the same issue, and I'd trimmed my hair like 3 times. Then, I noticed the knots and splits were further up still, so I cut off I think 4 or so inches ( a good enough number for someone to instantly notice). Yes it was shorter for a time but now that I'm focusing on what works for me it's coming back faster and healthier.
    :queen: Reyna

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