Why your hair is still stunted even after doing the right things

Knots and Working in Sections

Linda Hanson (Hair APT)
5 min readMay 21, 2024
A knot

Your hair is constantly growing. If it wasn’t, you’d be bald already.

Your hair is growing, but you’re not seeing any improvement in length.

Now, you are stuck at this length. You have tried several remedies, but they don't seem to work.

The problem is the knots.

Knots are formed when a single strand of your hair literally interlaces or ties up on itself. It can happen on a single strand or in a cluster.

A cluster in the sense that other strands can join in this knot. Especially shed hair (this is why I always tell you to take your time while detangling).

How do we get rid of these knots forever?

As long as you have kinky hair (relaxed or natural), knots are a follow-come feature. (It occurs more with natural hair because it is more coily.)

You cannot eliminate knots completely, unless, of course, you decide to go bald.

But you can keep them to a minimum.

One of the many ways to do this is by maintaining a trim routine using the right tool- shears.

The second way is by working in sections.

What do I mean by working in sections?

Working in sections means that you divide your hair into sections you can work with before you do anything to it. The picture below shows a sectioned hair.

Hair in sections

Assuming you want to shampoo, you will focus on one section before moving to the next section, till you are done with all the sections.

What happens if you don't work in sections?

If you don't wash in sections or if you wash everything together, just get ready for knots.

Knots equals breakage and stunted hair.

The knots will cause more knots and you will end up saying, "My hair is not growing."

Don’t do that unless you are ready to stay in the loop of doing everything you know right but still getting knots.

Benefits of working in sections

1. Clean scalp and hair: Washing in sections gives you access to your scalp. It allows you to focus on your scalp and clean all parts of it.

It also allows all parts of your hair and scalp to be properly washed without any part being ignored.

If your scalp is not properly washed, it will itch.

You can avoid these things if you just wash in sections.

In summary, washing in sections means an itch-free scalp, a clean scalp, and clean hair.

2. Less breakage, tangles and knots: Like we said earlier, it is impossible to completely eliminate knots, but you can reduce them if you do everything in sections.

There will be fewer tangles when you finish because your sections are in twists( you don’t loosen them).

There will also be fewer tangles because you twist back each section once you are done. This prevents it from tangling all over again.

You’ll also experience less breakage since your ends are not knotting and you have smaller sections to deal with.

3. Easier to wash: Imagine trying to wash the scalp of a thick-haired head that is not sectioned.

Now imagine sectioning this hair into smaller sections.

Which one will be easier to wash?

You're right. The sectioned one.

If you have been postponing your wash day because your hair overwhelms you, try sectioning.

Sectioning even makes it easier for someone to help wash your hair without breaking it in the process.

If you wash in salons, try educating them on how to shampoo in sections. You will lose less hair and come back with fewer knots.

4. No pain: If you comb or detangle your hair in sections, you won’t experience pain as opposed to trying to comb or detangle everything at once.

Yes, your nightmare is over. Here is how to detangle for wash day. Here is how to comb without experiencing pain.

5. Using lesser products: The chances of overusing/wasting your shampoo are high if you don't section.

I waste more shampoo if I don't wash in sections because my scalp won't be clean. I end up needing more shampoo to clean.

Sectioning allows you to use just the right quantity for that section as it is easier to get full coverage of the product on that section.

Wait! What if you use less products when you don’t section?
When you apply the shampoo or conditioner on the top and sides, it does not reach the roots, so the neglected parts suffer.

It's like taking an underdose.

Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash

If the product was meant to stop breakage, the breakage won't stop because you are not applying the product to all the parts that are breaking.

In summary, if you use more products while sectioning, it's because you are using the right quantity.

The exception to this is if you are actually using excess products for each section. You can work on that. How?

You can measure out the quantity you want to use. If you notice excess conditioner in a section, you can move it to the next section.

I can relate because I used to be heavy-handed too. I mean, the product labels told us to apply generously 😂😂😂.

6. Products work effectively when you section, which in turn saves time and money

I've explained a little bit of this above.

When you section, the product works because all your strands are coated in it (full coverage).

If it was meant to stop breakage, you would get your results at the right time instead of wasting money and time buying different products when all you needed was to section and apply to all your strands.

If you let me, I could go on and on about the benefits of sectioning. But then you still need to know other things like:

  1. When do you section?

2. How to section and work in sections

3. What to use for sectioning?

We’ll consider these in the next post😊

I hope you learned something new or was reminded of what you already know.

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Linda Hanson (Hair APT)

JW. Healthy Hair Expert. Do you need help with your hair or scalp? Send a message here wa.me/2348141351409