Over the weekend, I attended the Phoenix International Natural Hair Meet-up day. One of the events was a question and answer period with two stylists and the owner of Bear Fruit Hair. One of the questions was what to do about single strand knots (SSK) or fairy knots. The response from one of the stylists was to comb your hair once it’s saturated with conditioner. This was the only advice that she offered. Sorry, but I disagreed with this response. Combing your hair does not prevent or eliminate SSKs. Single strand knots occur because curly hair tends to curl in on itself. They can also become more prevalent with wash and go hair styles. Simply combing your hair doesn’t reduce SSKs.
One of the ways to prevent them from occurring is to keep the hair moisturized. Some also suggest to twist or braid the hair at night. The site Hairscapades offers some insight on what can be done to reduce SSK. You cannot eliminate them because they come with curly/kinky/coily hair just as shrinkage is part of being natural. I have found that I have more SSTs when I wear wash and go’s and when I don’t keep my hair moisturized. I don’t comb my hair every day. I only finger detangling and comb when it’s wash day for my hair, and this happens once a week.
My quest for a filtered shower head ended in disappointment when I tried to buy a unit from both Lowe’s and Home Depot. Neither company had the brand, Sprite, was recommended to me. When I went to Lowe’s, their inventory show no units in the state of Arizona! So what was a girl to do? I went to Amazon, and ordered one. The unit arrived on Friday, but it didn’t fit my shower! Argh!
My husband and I were out on Saturday, and decided to stop by a local Ace Hardware to see if they had a filtered shower head. We found one there, and it was by Culligan. I installed it on Sunday, and washed my hair. OH MY GOODNESS! I saw an immediate improvement in my hair. It was so incredibly soft and no frizz! I pre-poo’d with a hot oil treatment under my steamer, and washed my hair with diluted Terressentials Organic Hair Wash. I combined my deep-conditioning step with my leave-in conditioner by using my steamer to apply the conditioner. This eliminates an extra step. My leave-in conditioner was Aubrey Organics’ Honeysuckle Moisturizing Conditioner. I sealed with grape seed oil, and twisted my hair with mango butter.
When I untwisted my hair, I couldn’t keep my fingers out of my tresses. My hair hasn’t been this soft and moisturized since going natural. I could kick myself for doing this when a friend told me about the filtered shower heads!
I’ve also decided to return to washing (co-washing) my hair twice a week. I want to make sure that I’m taking extra special care of my hair since it has permanent color.
Posted in Co-wash, Conditioners, Deep Conditioning, Hair Activities, Hair Challenges, Product Review, Products, Regimen, Two-Strand Twist
Tagged filtered shower head, mango butter, moisture, Steamer, Terressentials Organic Hair Wash
Yesterday was spa day for my hair, and I decided to try a couple of samples that I received from my CurlKit subscription. I decided to use the Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-in Conditioner by Koils by Nature and the CoCo Castor Pudding by Bel Nouvo to do my twists. Below is a video with an overview of my spa day. The definition in my hair is amazing.
Pre-poo with Theraneem Organix Conditioner Moisture Therape
Bentonite Clay Hair Mask for cleansing
Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque with Biotin & Bamboo Extract
Shealoe Leave-in Conditioner
Sealed with grapeseed oil
CoCo Castor Pudding for two-strand twist