Chicoro’s Data on Oiling to Prevent Single Strand Knots

Last updated on November 11th, 2019 at 04:52 pm

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Yesterday I shared some Tips to Prevent Single Strand Knots. Interestingly, I received an email from Chicoro that provided some back up information tied to the tip I shared on the benefits of oiling.  The information was quite interesting as I had never heard of the term “directional friction effect.” Here’s a clip from that email:

The Importance of Lubricating the Hair: May the Force be with You

There is a special frictional force on your hair. It is called directional friction effect (DFE).

DFE is present on natural, healthy hair.

  1. It helps your hairs, yes I meant to write hairs, align on your head in the same direction.
  2. DFE helps your hair to avoid or lessen the amount of tangles you get on your hair.
  3. You see, DFE helps your hair to ‘naturally’ go in the same direction.  Once this DFE is no longer present in your hair, your hair will tend to tangle and get matted.

You need this DFE on your hair. This is where lubrication comes into the picture. Oils and oily substances are great for lubrication. They minimize the friction of hairs that rub against one another. Oils work with the natural DFE on your hair strands. Oils can enhance this force on your hair by reducing the friction from hair on hair rubbing.

You already know that tangles and matted hair are enemies of gaining length. Now you can add directional frictional effect to your knowledge about hair.

Points to Remember:

1.       Oil or oily substances have many benefits for your natural afro-textured hair.

2.       One important benefit is that it keeps hair lubricated.  It reduces friction.

3.      Lubrication is important because it helps hair to align in the same direction.

4.      DFE is a force on your hair which helps the hair to naturally align.

5.      Keep your hair healthy to maintain this DFE on your hair: Cover in the sun, minimize the use of chemical treatments on the hair.

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Curlilocks

    I get lots of fairy knots and I could never understand it. I thought it was a fact of life for natural hair. I will have to start using more oils and see if that makes a difference. Great post!

    1. Michelle

      Thanks. I’ve found it helps a LOT to keep my strands oiled. I almost never get fairy knots now

  2. Michael

    A very nice informative post. Thanks for sharing that with us.

  3. Cool post. For me, I don;t have to worry about the knots, I have to worry about breakage (i relax my hair). I use oils on my hair because they stay on my hair shaft longer than grease… even then though, I battle dry/brittle hair.

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  4. Socialite Dreams

    great post…i’ve been trying to keep my hair super moisturized and sealed, because it gets bone desert dry if i don’t and then knots galore. hate those dang fairy knots

    1. Michelle

      i had to really examine why i was getting those knots and thank God I figured out the culprits so that’s why I shared it here. I just knew there’d be some ladies who do the same things as me!

  5. JenJen

    I think it’s really cool the Chicoro contacted you! Interesting information.

    1. Michelle

      Oh no you misunderstand.I’m on her mailing list. It was a part of her series. It was just coincidental that what she wrote chimed in with what I wrote 🙂

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