When I BC'd in May, my hair was so short that single strand knots were not an immediate issue. But as they say in the Natural Hair World, Mo' Hair Mo' Problems. As length came, SSK's were sure to follow with my type 4 coils. Sure enough, I started to notice them as the year wore on. Single strand knots are also known as fairy knots. The idea is that only a fairy would be able to tie the distinct knot in a single strand of very curly, coily hair. Who can untanngle them? No one, really. They have to be snipped out.
As for me and my hair, I don't really trim or cut my hair because I don't think it is necessary when hair is very healthy. A healthy regimen will prevent split ends. But what about SSK's or fairy knots? I have decided that a healthy regimen would also prevent these buggers. My mission, and I have chosen to accept it, is to prevent my strands from wrapping around themselves. Thus, preventing single strand knots in the first place, making snipping an unnecessary step.
As usual, I found some great links on preventing single strands knots. Here are some from Mane and Chic and Mop Top Maven.
Taking into consideration these suggestions, I have implemented a few into my own regimen. For one, I am now committed to more oil rinsing when rocking wash-n-gos and other non protective styles, meaning at least two a week. This oil rinsing will become more relevant when the weather becomes warmer and I actually wear wash and gos more. I have also been rocking protective styles more, mainly flat twists and cornrows. This in turn has resulted in my ability to wear more stretched styles. Stretched hair prevents single strand knots. Lastly, I have been detangling hair before shampooing or co-washing.
The most important way to prevent SSK's is to make sure hair is moisturized. I am committed now to conditioner only styling and sealing in moisture with oils and occasionally by Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade. Detangling, moisturizing, sealing, conditioning, stretching, oil rinsing -- these are just some of the ways that single strand knots can become a thing of the past.