If you have curly, coiled, or kinky hair, you may have noticed that the individual strands of hair may knot from time to time. When you run your fingers down the length of your hair, you may notice what feels like a bead or lump on your hair. These knots can lead to breakage during styling and combing.
What causes hair knots
As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog, How is Curly Hair Different from Straight Hair? curly and coiled hair is the result of hair follicles that are flat or curved. When the hair grows from these follicles, it tends to cause the hair to curl. The curls can coil around each other, resulting in knots.
Single strand knots can also occur when shampooing and styling, or friction from materials like pillowcases.
Detangle your hair
It’s not entirely possible to completely prevent knots all together; however, you can dramatically reduce the number of knots you have by taking the time to detangle your hair before your washing and styling routines. Water can cause your hair to shrink, which will make knots tighter.
How you wash your hair can play a tremendous role in how tangled your hair becomes. While shampooing your hair start by applying the shampoo to your scalp and gently massaging the product in your scalp using your fingertips. Afterward, press your palms together with your hair between them to smooth the shampoo down the length of your hair. This helps prevent your hair from knotting.
Before you go to sleep
As we’ve mentioned before, friction can cause your hair to knot. Switching out your pillowcase to a material that reduces friction (like opting for silk instead of cotton) can help.
The products you use
Keeping your hair hydrated can help reduce friction, which will prevent knotting. Deep conditioning your hair and applying oil when needed will help a lot.
What do I do If I have hair knots?
Firstly, IF you find hair knots try to detangle them gently. If you are unable to detangle the knots, you can cut them, but be careful. If you are cutting your hair, use hair sheers. If you use typical household scissors, they can lead to split ends.
If you are looking for a fantastic shampoo and conditioner that can help not only hydrate and stimulate the growth of healthy hair, but also make your hair easier to manage, try the Vitalize Hair Growth Support Shampoo and Conditioner. It can be a tremendous help in detangling your hair.