How To Grow Your Natural Hair and Retain Length
First of all it’s important for you to understand that your hair IS GROWING!!!
There are common reasons why you may think its not growing. Shrinkage is simply one of the quirks of curly hair, your curls naturally draw up as they dry. Shrinkage is also a sign of healthy hair, Hair that shrinks or curls when dry has good elasticity. Sometimes I’m a little frustrated but ultimately I’ve embraced the shrinkage. Shrinkage is also what makes natural hair unique and beautiful.
Your hair is damaged and is not retaining length due to split ends. The best way to prevent damage ends is by keeping it well moisturized and by doing protective styling and getting proper trims as needed.
Another issue is that your hair is breaking at the same rate that its growing. Breakage vs Hair Growth affects most Afro-textured hair and minimizes the rate in which women/men retain length.
Here are some tips, I will list them in order for this not to be a very long blog:
1. Eat healthy take your vitamins and drink enough water, having a well-balanced diet will aid in healthy hair growth
2. Be consistent in taking care of your hair
3. Keep your hair moisturized don’t wait until its dry to moisturize (moisture, moisture, moisture) Natural hair needs moisture in order to thrive.
4. Lock in/seal in that moisture with an oil or butter.
5. Wash and deep condition your hair weekly or bi-weekly, also incorporate a steam treatment once per month into your hair care regimn.
6. Avoid excessive or regular use of sulfate shampoos (sulfates has been linked to cell damage and excess stripping away of natural oils and hair proteins. Study shows that hair immersed in a sodium dodecyl sulfate solution loses seven times as much protein as hair immersed in water. This can lead to split ends, breakage, and hair that is difficult to manage.
7. Low manipulation (Don’t manipulate your hair too often. Do wahs-n-go's twist & protective styles occasionally)
8. Do a protein treatment every 6-8 weeks and a hot oil treatment every month or use a moisturizing deep conditioner that has some protein in it.
9. Remember to add a little more product to the ends of your hair because it is the oldest and driest part of your hair.
10. Detangle your hair with care, use your fingers, a wide tooth comb or denman/detangling brush. **Never detangle excessively dry hair**
11. If your hair tangles easily work with it in small sections.
12. Cover your hair when you sleep with a satin or silk bonnet or sleep on a silk pillow case. (Cotton absorbs moisture)
13. Avoid heat styling and permanent color treatment if possible.
14. Trim your split ends to eliminate excessive breakage.
15. Last but not least, Have fun be patient and enjoy the journey.