So perhaps you have just done your scheduled trim and you are feeling good, looking forward to continue with your journey to health so you can retain length.
Then the unthinkable happens. ” Oh no I just got rid of those!” you say to yourself. You are annoyed, more that that, you are fuming. After trimming of the pesky little things they have come back like a thorn in your side. Sounds familiar?
Single strand knots, also called fairy knots because they seem to appear magically and are so tiny, can infuriate the heck out of you when you are on a mission for hair health and length. It seems that no matter how you get rid of them they come back with a vengeance sometimes a little higher up the strands.
If you have been seeing progress in your length, you may be rationalizing to avoid the inevitable. “Should you even worry about single strand knots on natural hair?” you ask yourself. Of course, the prospect of constantly trimming them off is in no way appealing since you would end up sacrificing length.
So What Is The Big Deal About SSKs Anyway?
These are knots that form on individual strands of hair when it shrinks completely before styling. What happens is that the hair curls up on itself, twisting into bends that result in the hair locking onto itself as you try to stretch it out again. These knots favor super coily/curly hair but don’t be fooled, they can appear on any hair type if styling options lend themselves to manipulation of elaborate proportions.
The presence of SSKs in abundance might be a sign that your hair is in a distressed state. That would mean that the health of your hair has seriously deteriorated and is begging for life support. These knots in abundance signal other problems such as split ends, dryness, brittleness amongst a variety of other factors.
If you have loads of ssks this should be cause for concern, since the only way to remedy the situation is to cut them off owing to the fact that they are usually too intricate or minute to undo. This is necessary because these bad boys can stunt the health of your hair and by extension, your growth aspirations, by snagging the strands next to them and creating tangles in the process.