Although one can influence hair growth through a balanced diet and supplements, much of hair growth is genetic. On average, hair grows about 1/2 inch a month. For some, it grows faster, while for others it grows slower. But what do one have a lot more control over? Retention.
Are you tired of the natural hair journey because your hair is not growing the way you want? Well, fret no more here are some tips on how to retain natural hair length.
Don’t touch your hair: Keep your hair back and out of your face either in braids, buns or twists will help relieve some of the temptation to touch your hair. If you want to keep it, don’t touch it that much. Don’t “comb” your hair excessively, limit use of heat tools, and be gentle when you handle your hair.
Lay off the heat: Every time you use heat on your hair, you are damaging it. Try going six months without using heat, just air-dry your hair, you will notice your hair will be much healthier and you will have better length retention.
Conditioning: Conditioning your hair has many benefits. When you condition your hair, you replenish your hair strands. Conditioning hair can moisturize your hair –which is important since dry hair breaks. Conditioning hair also adds nutrients back to the hair. But remember, when you deep condition hair, you must use a conditioner specifically labelled as a deep conditioner or mask. Also, deep condition with heat for optimal benefits.
Untangling: Is best for fine hair or hair that’s prone to breakage. Protective styling is a great way to achieve this, plus you should use natural oils or conditioner in the untangling process to avoid breakage.
Get a Trim: Trimming your damaged ends can actually help in length retention journey. If your hair is in good shape, you should only need to trim once a year. It is important for you to remove split ends so that they don’t split further up the shaft… and curtail length retention.
Protective Styling: Protective styles are great for retaining length plus your hair will be protected from the environments weather for at least 3 weeks.
Wigs: are a quick protective option and allow for full care of your hair. Make sure wig is the glueless type if wearing a lace front wig.
Curly styles: require little maintenance during the week so are a good choice as a protective style. When they re created using roller sets, straw sets, twist outs and chiney bumps(bantu knots) they are even better because little or heat has been used to create them.
Cornrows: To be beneficial for hair growth the cornrows must not be micro-sized. Only wear the style for 2 weeks and wash and condition your hair whilst wearing them.
Weave on: If you’re wearing a weave for hair protection and growth it must be one that is sewn on and attached to a cornrow base. This enables you to easily care for your hair underneath again this style rest the hair.
Bun: Bunning your hair keeps the ends entirely enclosed, out of harms way, and is easy to do. Change the positioning of your bun occasionally, wear it at the back, up top, at the nape etc, so that you are not placing hair elastics constantly in the same place. Over a long period of time this can stress the hair.