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Additionally, I started using oils, or even better, heavy moisturizers on my ends to finish off a styling session (wet hair with oil applied above). Since my hair is low porosity, I’ve never been incredibly worried about sealing in moisture (which is a principle up for debate anyway), but hair rubbing against all sorts of things, especially your clothes, will cause tangles, breaking, and single strand knots. So the oil or moisturizer (which is water-based but usually also oil heavy) provides a protective layer from friction. Using a moisturizer instead of an oil will also keep your hair soft and pliable, which makes it less likely to knot around itself. If you want to take it a step further, you can mix an essential oil that is said to strengthen ends, like rosemary oil, with your product to amplify the benefits.
But even today, I sometimes mess up, mainly with sleeping. I usually wear a Sue Maesta (a braid cylinder will also work) hood to bed, which keeps my hair from rubbing against my pillowcase every which way while I’m sleeping. If I fall asleep, especially with a light hold wash and go wild and free…in the morning, I just want to cry when I feel my ends! Even putting it in a bun or pineapple (pictured above) is better than wearing it out. When I use a heavier gel with more hold, it’s not as bad, but I’d still prefer to prevent it altogether.
Even with these tips, it’s still necessary to trim your hair periodically to prevent knotting. I don’t even mean every four months like clockwork, but if you start getting more knots or tangles, or have trouble keeping your ends moisturized, it may be time to let those couple of inches go. Healthier hair will always tangle less than dry, damaged hair.
What are some of your tips for preventing knots and tangles on your ends?