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It’s a ‘Catching’ Thing!

By January 27th, 20216 Comments
It's a 'Catching' Thing!
by Noni of Three Naturals

A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with an older lady. She was carefully reciting to me her list of ailments and when she got to a particularly serious one she said ‘don’t worry eh, it’s not a catching thing’. I assured her that I was not worried. And I wasn’t. I was concerned though that she used the phrase ‘catching thing’. But that’s another issue all together.

During my most recent wash routine as I was detangling and removing small knots and shed hair I found myself finding fluff and stuff neatly tucked and wrapped in the ends of some of my coils.

I was like “now this is a catching thing”. Literally.

In Quantum Leap type fashion I was transported to all the times I’ve discovered lint in my hair or removed it from the ends of a fellow curly. I find the frequency of discovery increases in the winter thanks to scarves, hats, sweaters, and wool.

Now, I’ve been rocking natural a few years but whenever I come across a ‘hair issue’ I wonder if I’m just doing something wrong or if it comes with the territory. So ladies, I’m putting this out there.

Sound familiar? What do you do to avoid the ‘catching’?


  • Norma says:

    I find lint and, sometimes, cat hair. Despite religiously vacuuming the couch and carpet. The most interesting thing was what my curly/afro wig caught: a bandaid. And, of course, my coworker discovered it. She's not Black and has straight blonde hair. Salty…

  • Jolene says:

    Satin pillow cases help a lot and I am looking for satin lined hats for my boys!

  • LaNeshe says:

    I've noticed a huge increase in lint since it's gotten colder, my scarves and hats are probably the culprits.

  • Millie says:

    I've been experiencing this 'catching' lately and I don't know if it just started happening or if I just started noticing it… But i have been using a new twist cream (Keracare Natural Textures) so I'm thinking that might be the cause.

  • AshaAsha says:

    Seriously I have this problem too EVERYDAY at school someone tells me you have something in your hair. I respond with "There is always something in my hair" and we then we proceed to take it out, but jeepers how I despise that clingy white fluff!

  • Trice (BreatheFashion3c) says:

    Thank God for this article! I dont have this problem, but I cannot figure out how to prevent the lint in my daughter's hair (she is only 1). She has a lot of hair; if she wore a bra we could say its BSL lol. But seriously, no matter what products I use or how much I shampoo, I cannot stop it. Im so excited to see other curly girls methods to preventing the lint. We should start a movement, "PREVENT THE LINT" lol.

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