- Knots that appear on single strand of hair close to the hairs tips (ends). They are a common and a natural occurrence in kinky-curly hair.
- They are caused by the hair having a tight curl pattern which results in the hair wrapping around itself resulting in a tiny single strand knot.
What are the causes?
- Well, this is going to sound like a slight contradiction, but frequent wear of protective styles such as braid outs, twist outs or fros.
- Not sealing the ends at night. Sealing your ends at night means to apply a butter or natural oil to the ends of your hair for extra moisture and protection at night before securing with a satin scarf or bonnet.
How to minimize them
Protect those ends at night before bed by applying a natural butter, such as shea butter, mango butter, avocado butter or other butters or oils such as extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba and other oils to the ends (tips) of your hair, then cover with a satin bonnet, scarf or sleep on a satin pillowcase.
- Protective Styles are helpful, such as twists, braids, plaits in minimizing fairy knots.
- Keep tresses moisturized by proper conditioning, especially deep conditioning, and use an all natural leave in.
- Do not comb naturally curly-kinky hair while dry. Always comb hair with a wide tooth comb or detangling brush while hair is soaking wet and slippery with conditioner. Always comb starting from ends to roots.
- If you have fairy knots, take some shears that have only been used on hair and cut them out immediately on sight. If the knots are left untreated, they will, more than likely, continue to knot up from the ends and cause breakage. (FYI: breakage is when you do not see a white tip at the end of the fallen hair. When a white tip is seen, this is shedding which is a normal occurrence in the hair cycle).
- A wonderful tip addition from a beautiful natural on the Natural Girls Rock group site said: After co-washing, completely rinse your hair, then take the oil of your choice, mix it with a little water and pour it all over your hair. Then, lightly rinse with cool water