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I've emailed a few times previously, and my hair is slowly growing out (yay). But now I've got another problem; two or three strands of my hair knotting together.

It's only really the ends, but the thing is they're impossible to detangle, so I have to end up cutting them out. But by continuously snipping at the ends, surely I'm not going to retain any length. I've been sleeping on a silk pillowcase, but it doesn't seem to be helping.

Any advice about how to prevent them?

Nathan :-)

Hi Nathan ,

Glad to hear your hair is growing out. If the ends are split, you have to cut just past where they're split or they continue to move up the hair strand.  You may need more moisture. If the ends are dry, but not split, a deep moisturizing conditioner should help. It's one of the curses of curly hair though to tangle a bit, especially at the ends. You might have some success with detangling  by applying your moisturizer, and combing through before rinsing the conditioner.

Serums, such as Moroccan Oil for example, help keep hair moisturized to prevent more tangling as well.  In general, the healthier your hair is, the easier it is to work with, so focus on getting your hair in tip top shape and getting the tangles out will get easier.  


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I can answer questions on all types of hairstyling, cutting, designing, coloring, corrective color, perming techniques,product knowledge, and in general, anything that has anything to do with hair. PLEASE NOTE: I am a professional designer and trainer. I do hair and teach advanced classes to licensed designers. I do not, under any circumstances, recommend doing chemical services including but not limited to relaxers, perms, color, highlights, or any other chemical service at home. I will not tell you how to use professional products nor will I tell you how to do your color at home. What I CAN do is arm you with current and accurate information and help you to be able to better communicate with your stylist/designer. I can also help you with what you need to do at home to maintain, protect, and treat your hair.


I have been a designer and educator for 31 years. I have been a salon consultant for Redken, affiliate trainer for ABBA Pure and Natural, Director of Education for my own salon and am currently a member of the design team and advanced trainer for my company. I specialize in corrective color, perming and style support, and image updates (make overs)

I have been actively licensed for 31 years. I actively participate in and teach cutting, perming, coloring, and business building classes. I am a REDKEN Certified Haircolorist, and REDKEN Specialist. I also have extensive training in Structure in Motion Cutting Techniques and Tigi Cutting.

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