When I first big chopped, I just wanted my hair to hurry up and grow! I know I’m not alone, and there are other naturals who’s hair goals are long, healthy hair. So they begin focusing on hair growth alone, trying speed up the hair growth process. But what about length retention? While we can’t do that much about how fast our hair grows due to genetics, we can do a lot of things to care for our hair that will improve the health of the hair that is growing, and prevent excessive breakage.
Here are 5 tips that will help you with length retention so you can reach your hair length goals.
#1 Get a professional trim. I know this sounds counterproductive to cut your hair in order to have long hair. But just stick with me on this one. A professional trim removes all of the split ends, which are a major cause of hair breakage. Less hair breakage means more length retention. Consistent and frequent trims also means you will not need to trim as much hair because the ends will be in better condition.
#2 Deep condition weekly. Deep conditioning helps improve and maintain the moisture-protein balance of our hair, which helps improve elasticity. Elasticity helps avoid breakage since the hair is more flexible. Again, less breakage equals more length retention.
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#3 Sleep with silk or satin. The friction between your hair and your cotton pillowcase can cause dryness and breakage. At night, always wrap your hair in a scarf or small satin or silk bonnet to help protect your hair while you sleep. Or if you’re like me and just don’t think the bonnet is sexy enough - sleep on a satin pillowcase.
#4 Wear a low or no-manipulation style. Low and no-manipulation styles, also known as protective styles, are an easy way to avoid breakage and retain length. Choosing styles that require little to no daily maintenance and manipulation (twisting/re-twisting, brushing or combing, etc) like buns, flat twists, two strand twists or braids, can help keep breakage at bay. You could also opt for weaves, wigs, braided or crocheted extensions, and clip-ins. But it is very important to continue to care for your hair underneath these protective styles. If not, you could wind up with more damage than before you started.
#5 Eat a healthier diet and get active. If your diet lacks specific nutrients, including vitamins, minerals or protein, it can affect the condition and strength of your hair. Ensuring that we eat nutrient dense foods and drinking plenty of water are a great way we can improve the health of our hair before it grows out of our scalp. Also, being active and exercising increase blood flow throughout the body, including our scalp and hair follicles. So having an overall healthy lifestyle will result in healthier hair.
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If your goal is to have longer, healthier hair, it’s not just about how fast your hair grows. It’s also about length retention - keeping the hair that has grown healthy and intact. These tips will get you on your way to retaining length and reaching your hair goals.