How many times have we naturals received compliments on our hair and then led the discussion to the knots we fear growing in our glory?
Well I experimented on this knot business and discovered 5 ways to deal with them. Doing them will banish knots for good! At least I believe so..
- Always, when using any type of hair tool ( comb, brush, or your fingers ), work from the ends of your hair to the very roots where your scalp is. There were times I stopped 1/2 or 3/4 ths of the way when I thought it was detangled. This does not help prevent tangling or knots because you have to go all the way up, even if the tangling is cleared beforehand.
- Absolutely ‘no borrowing’! I used to borrow often, you know, when you are braiding a 3 strand braid and one of the stands turns out shorter than the other two? So you borrow hair from the thickest or longest looking piece of the two, and continue your 3 strand braid. I started realizing that this new strand later created a knot where you borrowed from. Just say no to borrowing. Try to separate three equal hair strand pieces before you start or if you are left with only two, just twist the rest.
- As you are treating your hair, please do so wet. Styling, prepping, and protecting it in a dry state will not benefit you later on. It is the fertile ground for knot forming!
- Also, your regular routine should include moisturizing your curly, wavy, or zigzagy do often. Use either water or conditioner. Keeping your hair from living in a dry place helps keep not land from forming on your soil.
- Additionally, I have invented my own little technique to deal with knots once I find them. Some people pull them to the ends, others cut them off, but both of these ways take out other hair strands with them. My technique either just removes the knot itself or releases all the strands so EVERY HAIR IS SAVED.
~I isolate the strands that the knot surrounds from the rest of my hair. ~I gently pull up words, as if I’m drating the knot closer to my scalp. ~Then I slowly pull all the strands back down but apart. ~Next I try to remove one strand at a time from the knot. ~I repeat this three step process until every strand is out of the knot. ~Many times I find this releases the knot and saves the hair.
If you want me to make a video on this technique, please comment below and I will show you exactly how I do it.