I found my very first Single Strand Knot! I thought these were some kind of fairytale… I thought the whole natural hair community was lying to me! For the life of me I could not understand exactly how hair could wrap and loop up on itself to form these little buggers. Now I know. First hand!
I stepped out the shower after my usual wash and go routine and I started examining the hair on my hands to see if they where still connected to the bulbs (shed hair) or torn hairs (breakage)
only found 1 torn whoo hoo!. And low and behold, there this infamous knot was.
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(on my ring finger… Do you see it?)
I then held the bulb end between my fingers of one hand and used my fingers of my other hand to slide down from root to tip to get a feeling of how they feel so, maybe, I can recognize one when I’m manipulating my hair at any given moment. To tell you the truth, I couldn’t really feel the knot. Then how could I ever feel one of knots in the mist of a clump of hair when I’m detangling
or styling, if ever it gets long enough to? And if I found one that mean it might be others… And I have no idea how to find them.
Sooo how serious is this “condition”? In my research, I’ve heard a lot about it, but I never heard anyone say SSK’s made their hair fall out, stop growing, or create more split ins. So what’s the severity of these little things?
It was on a “shed” hair, so I assume the SSK itself didn’t cause it to fall out. Or did it?