Precautionary Measures to Keep Them at Bay
► Keep hair moisturized- I have found that since doing the GHE along with the LOC method, I have had considerably less ssks. This is because my hair has been kept moisturized which lessens the friction between strands. Also of great importance is the need to ensure that you drink lots of water to hydrate the hair from within.
► Limit “out styles” such as wash n’ gos and afro puffs or tufts since these lend themselves to shrinkage and dryness from environmental factors; two ideal factors for the creation of ssks.
► Do not skip the detangling process. When hair is not properly detangled, shedded hairs tend to tie themselves around single strands of hair, leading to the formation of ssks.
► Gently detangle hair to ensure that you do not end up forming more ssks and/or tearing out the ones that exist. This is where I would highly recommend the use of finger detangling to ensure that you are able to feel out the knots on your own
► Limit manipulation all together especially those of a vigorous nature.
► Keep hair organized by ensuring that you keep your tresses as elongated as possible. The more stretched out your hair is the less likely it is that you will develop ssks. These means that you should do your best to handle hair in sections. using loose twists, hair ties(affiliate link), banding or threading and clips are some of the ways you might do this. If you are washing or styling your hair ensure that the hair is kept organized in order to limit the occurrence and/or abundance of ssks.
► Use products that give you great slippage so that you can lessen friction on the hair and make managing the hair easier. A good oil and conditioners or butters(affiliate link) will also help to keep your cuticle layers down so that your hair is not rough.
► If your ends are rough, trim them off since rough cuticles are the perfect environment for the formation of ssks.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, so if you do not have major issues with ssks, thank your lucky stars but do not become complacent, lest you fall ill to this critter.
The logical conclusion then, is that if your hair is super coily/curly then you ARE going to get some degree of ssks forming regardless of how exemplary your regimen is.
But excessive ssks (on most strands) is neither healthy for your hair, nor is it conducive to your length goals.
Originally posted 2013-12-27 15:00:44.