Single Strand Knots – Problems of a Natural Girl with Kinks and Curls

Single strand knots are in the top 10 of the most annoying things about natural hair. I could go in depth on this topic, but I’ll keep it light. Here are just a few to-the-point mentions regarding this natural hair problem.

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Problems:

  • Interferes with length retention and hair health
  • Can lead to breakage and split ends
  • Causes difficulty with combing and detangling

How it can happen:

Dry hair – If your hair is dry, it is prone to knotting easily when combed.
Wash-n-go – When your hair shrinks to dry, it curls up into its curl pattern and can coil onto itself easily creating knots and tangles.

Prevention Methods worth trying:

  1. Oil Rinsing – After shampooing or cowashing, lightly to moderately saturate your hair with oil and conditioner. Then rinse.
  2. Oil Daily – If you spritz your hair with water or AVG daily, add some oil to the mix to aid in detangling and add lots of slip
  3. Wash-n-Stretch – instead of wash-n-go, try separating, detangling, and twisting your hair to dry. It will prevent the hair from curling and coiling on itself.
  4. Stretch, Seal and Protect Ends – Stretched ends are much less likely to curl up on themselves. Sealing them with an oil and/or butter helps smooth down the frizzies and flyaways. Twisting up and tucking away or other protective styles help prevent your ends from knotting on themselves also

One of the simple benefits of using oil for the prevention of single strand knots is the slippage it gives to melt tangles-to-be away and calm frizzy ends.

In my opinion,
Sarah Dee
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References and Related Articles:

How To Prevent Single Strand Knots By Hollis
http://hollistics.com/2012/10/11/how-to-prevent-single-strand-knots/

Ask CurlyNikki: How Do I Get Rid of Single Strand Knots By Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki
http://www.essence.com/2013/02/28/ask-curlynikki-how-do-i-get-rid-single-strand-knots/

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Peruvian Straight Birthday Hair!

A couple months ago, I started making a wig for my birthday, I used close to 4 bundles of Peruvian straight hair (18″ 20″ 22″ 24″) which I purchased from an Aliexpress vendor called Hot Hair. The quality and construction of this hair was not the best. I almost didn’t wear it for my birthday because I was very unhappy with it.

I also added a Peruvian straight silk based closure to the top for styling versatility.

The wig is made onto a breathable cap which I also purchased from Aliexpress.

These caps are by far my favorite for wigs because my scalp and hair can breathe underneath it. I’ve used mesh caps, and spandex caps before, and now I’ve finally made a wig on a breathable cap. It makes washing and moisturizing so much easier than any other cap. The main reason why I prefer this cap above any other is because I sew my wigs on. I do not like having to take on and off a wig every night at all, nor do I like it clipped onto my hair because it pulls and gives me headaches. I prefer low maintenance protective styles and therefore I sew my wigs on and take them off when it’s time for a change weeks to months later.

Currently, I am still rocking this wig and making the best of it. I will keep up with this low maintenance protective style until the weekend of May 10th which marks 3 years since my Big Chop!! I plan to finally straighten my natural hair (carefully), for the very first time then, to celebrate the occasion! =D

I didn’t want to make a long post this time, so the rest of the details on on my Peruvian straight Birthday hair can be found on my newest Youtube upload here.

xoxo
Sarahdee

Crochet Micro Senegalese Twists – UPDATE!!!

Hello all!

Cheers to my first official new blog post of the New Year! =D

My year started off with a BANG! in the hair world. My crochet micro senegalese twists went viral, starting with @naturalhairdoescare on Instagram who reposted my partially done twists from New Years Eve/Day! From then on, a couple more hair and fashion pages reposted my picture. I had no idea that what I was doing was extraordinary or something special! I was definitely blown away and overwhelmed by all of the attention, especially because I am such an introvert. This attention sort of forced me out of my shell quite a bit. I received so many questions and comments, almost too much to keep up with. I also received requests for a YouTube tutorial on this style!

I had planned on getting on YouTube some time in the future and I was putting it off until I felt ready: equipped and prepared to put out quality videos. However, there was such a high demand for this style and I certainly felt the pressure, so I did it. 🙂 I guess I had to start at some point, some way, some how.

And here it is: Crochet Micro Senegalese Twists by Sarah Dee

Anyhow, I know I said I’d post a thorough update and pictures a while back before I got hit with the masses. Please forgive me for delaying and in advance for any redundancy in this post. Now that the extravaganza has plateaued, I will give a formal update. So here goes… (thoughts in random order):

Notes/Info

  • I used 4 and half packs of Xpressions brand kanekalon hair: colors 27 and 30.
  • I cut each pack in half and stretched the hair by pulling on the ends of the strands to make it uneven.
  • It took me 2 and a half days to complete.
  • The braid pattern I used was trial and error..total error. I would suggest straight back cornrows to avoid the bulkiness

Pros

  • Reduces tension and manipulation on hair and helps preserves edges from breakage and damage
  • Can last very long because natural hair is not twisted in strands and therefore the hair will not become frizzy
  • Can wear any color hair because it wouldn’t show your natural hair in the twists like regular senegalese twists
  • Versatile: can be styled or worn down
  • Easier to moisture hair and scalp simultaneously

Cons

  • Natural braids may show at edges (some may not consider this style versatile for that reason)
  • Can be heavy if too much hair is used
  • Tedious and time consuming method for installation

I plan to keep in this style only for a month and a half, and so far so good! (see image below) Oh!! P.S: I finally slapped some edge control on, LOL! It’s been a while, and I’ve been lazy with it and not liking the nasty effects and lack of staying-power, but that’s a story for another day!

Crochet Micro Senegalese Twists

Crochet Micro Senegalese Twists Mega Braided Bun

I hope you enjoyed and found this informative or helpful. If you still have questions, comment below and I’ll try to answer as best as I can. 🙂 xoxo

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Fall | Winter Protective Style Challenge UPDATE

Greetings!

It has been quite some time since I’ve last posted so I owe a major update to you guys today!

Loc Extensions

I know, I know… I’ll explain ^^^^^, but let’s backtrack and jog our memories for a little..

I sort of flunked my protective style challenge in October due to an interview..
Tried to make up for it by redoing my mini twists after and rocking my Allegra wig..
Allegra didn’t last for too long, I got bored of her quickly-in less than a week, so I exchanged her with my Peruvian curly Vanessa wig..
Rocked Vanessa for the first half of November..
Took down Vanessa and my twists for wash day Nov. 16th&17th..
**Length checked my hair** And it is noticeably longer by about an inch and a half!! =D Yay to LOW MANIPULATION!! It works!

Now that we are all caught up, here’s my protective style update today!
I installed loc extensions on Sunday and Monday earlier this week, November 17th and 18th. This was my third time doing loc extensions and it took me a lot less time than ever before. Over the course of these two days, the total amount of hours I spent doing my hair was in between 11 to 12 hours; as opposed to 3 whole days like the first time I did them. Whew! I’ve come a long way! lol

What I did this time around was pre-twist my own hair on Sunday as a preparation for the loc extensions. Then on Monday, I added the locs. This time, my locs were 10x lighter than the first time I did them. Because this time, I did not pre-twist my own hair with extension hair for length. the extra hair was what added the extra heaviness and bulk the first time around. I did not like that so much because it put a strain on my neck and on my hair from the roots. Heavy hair is not fun! Instead, I coiled the Marley hair around my hair and long strands of the Marley hair for length–added more when necessary. I must say, I am getting better with the trials and errors of doing locs and each time gets better and better. I am totally satisfied with the outcome this time and plan to keep these in until Christmas/New Years time to continue my Fall & Winter Protective style challenge.