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6 Tips for Retaining Length for Natural Hair

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

Why haven't you been able to achieve healthier hair that grows and retains length successfully? Let's dive into a few steps that can guide you into better proactive care and conscious steps to help your hair.

I've gotten so many feedback on how healthy and long my hair is growing.*Thank you thank you!* BUTT...I've also gotten so many questions on how to retain length. So let me spill some of the tea on ways I am able to retain my hair length.

Handle your ends with care.

Some of you are too rough with your hair!!...PERIODT!. Lets be gentle with the oldest part of our hair and keep them moisturized and lubricated before they dry out. The ends of your hair tend to be the most fragile since they are the oldest section of your hair shaft and they need to be adequately hydrated to prevent breakage and splits. Water and water-based products are the best moisturizers; however, oils and butters are great for sealing in that moisture.

Pre-poo treatment

Sis if you are not pre-pooing at this point in the game... what are you doing!? I can't tell you how much pre-pooing has helped my hair grow and reduce shedding. A pre-poo treatment will help your hair preserve some of its natural oils and emerge from the shampooing stage, less stripped and fragile. These treatments can be done with either conditioners, oils (such as olive oil), or Aloe Vera. Concentrate those products on the ends of your hair and allow it to soak in for a few minutes to an hour (or however long you wish).

Best prepoo: Knot Detangler Prepoo

Best DIY: Aloe Vera

Protect your hair while you sleep.

No one on this green earth should be going to bed without "tying down" their hair. Cotton pillowcases are highly absorbent and cause friction as you toss and turn at night. Satin/silk scarves, bonnets, and pillowcases provide a smooth barrier that hair strands can glide across to reduce hair damage and friction.

Protein/Moisture Balance

Too much of either protein or moisture can cause breakage. If your hair is overly moisturized, it can become weak and lifeless. If your hair is loaded with protein, it can become brittle, straw-like, dry, and may snap off easily. Establishing and maintaining an appropriate protein/moisture balance in the hair is vital to the success of your haircare regimen and is key to fighting hair breakage. Making informed decisions on hair product selection is absolutely essential for making the protein/moisture balancing process work. The right product combo can make a major difference in your hair.

Self Care/Developing a routine

Maintaining a balanced diet, using the right products for your hair type, finding a solid regimen that works, and sticking to it are essential to success in hair retention. Hair health should always be top priority over compromised length. Developing a proper hair routine can do wonders for your hair and it also helps you keep track of your hair's condition and health. Consistency is key as your hair wont magically grow 8 inches overnight.

If you want a general guideline on tips for growing healthy long hair. I recommend purchasing Journey to 6 Inches of New Hair Growth

Be Kind to your hair and detangle slowly

Don’t rush through detangling your hair. Detangle hair in sections if you have to, making sure to start at the ends and work your way up to the roots. Take your time as many of you guys are rushing and getting frustrated with your hair which is leading to more breakage. Using the proper tools to detangle is imperative, so be sure to use a seamless wide-tooth comb, detangling brush, or your fingers. I mostly finger detangle as I've been able to retain more length by doing so. Many of these detangling brushes are too harsh on knots and can end up breaking your hair. If you are going to use a tool I recommend using wide-tooth comb first then going in with a detangling brush.

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