Single strand knots and split ends are killing my TWA

I’ve learned many things about natural hair since I did ‘the big chop’ back in 2003. Even though it’s been 10 years since I went au natural, the learning—REALLY listening to my hair, researching, learning about natural hair + hair care products—started only about a year and a half ago. Needless to say I’m now finding out problems I was either very oblivious to before or totally ignored.

Single strand knots and split ends are some of those problems. I was never too concerned with them before because I used to wear my hair in protective styles a lot (braids especially) that I didn’t notice these pesky annoyances during the short periods my hair was out. But I’ve been noticing them lately since I wear my hair by itself a lot now. Split Ends Chart

In one afternoon, I’ve absorbed all the information my brain could squeeze in about single strand knots and split ends, what causes them and how to treat and prevent them. One of the suggestions for treating split ends is to use an S&D technique (something new I learned today = search & destroy split ends). I also found many suggestions about how to prevent single strand knots such as not playing with your hair a lot, which I do… I have a mild case of ‘hand-in-hair syndrome’ because I’m in-love with my hair and twirl it sometimes). Trimming your hair every 6 to 8 weeks also helps prevent split ends.

Now that I know more about single strand knots and split ends, I can adjust the way I care for my hair. Suddenly, I don’t feel as annoyed or hopeless as I did before I researched the problem. There’s hope, which is one thing I love about the Internet—you can find information about anything on the web. I don’t know where my TWA would be without it.

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~ by omonaij on June 9, 2013.

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