We all know that length retention is key to long healthy hair and hair growth. But how do you retain length and stimulate growth? Our 7 tips can tell you how.
Protect Your Ends
A lot of people think their hair isn’t growing when really it is growing, but your ends are breaking at the same rate as new hair emerges from the scalp. This is why protective styles work so well for fragile textures. Protecting your ends are key for length retention, and so are regular trims. Refreshing your style and cutting away those dead ends can help you achieve length and get rid of the spilt ends. Remember, having spilt ends can travel up the hair shaft causing more damage. Resulting in you having more than just a trim and cutting of way more hair to get rid of all split ends.
Low Manipulation Styles
These are styles like buns, wigs, braids or twists that can be left in for a few days/weeks without combing or restyling. Keeping your hair stretched can also provide length and decrease knots and tangles - saving you from constant detangling with tools. Don't forget to take care of your hair when you are protective styling. For example: washing your natural hair underneath your wigs, or refreshing your braids. Our natural hair needs TLC too.
Keep Your Hair Moisturised
Dry hair breaks with just a slight tug. Moist hair has the elasticity it needs to withstand the stress of combing or brushing. Moist hair just bounces back. Due to all the kinks and curls, natural oils take a long time to travel down the hair shaft and normally stop at the roots. Keeping your hair moisturised will ensure all strands are coated and covered.
Stay On Top Of Protein
If you’re a natural that likes heat styling or if you relax you hair, you will NEED a protein treatment. This is non-negotiable. Protein is what keeps your hair strong. Just remember, after doing a protein treatment, it's best to follow up with a moisturising conditioner as you then want your tresses back at a normal balance.
Scalp Massages help improve blood circulation to the follicles therefore giving them what they need to do their job faster and more efficiently. Using growth stimulating oils like Peppermint do the same thing as scalp massages. But when you combine both methods of stimulating oils and massaging, you’re sure to stimulate even more growth. Top Tip: try using a scalp massaging brush. Not only used when shampooing your hair, these are a great tool to use when doing a scalp massage to help get the blood flowing to your scalp.
These are a great way to ensure that your blood has all the nutrients it needs for hair growth. When doing scalp massages to promote blood flow, it’s better if that blood is packed with hair growth nutrients like biotin, b-12, and MSM. This will help stimulate your hair follicles and help your growth journey. Along with a balanced diet of course.
Overall, the number one tip for length mention and hair growth is patience. Love your hair and the length will follow. It is easy to compare your personal hair journey with other naturals, but remember every one is different. Hair growth rates can differ and certain products may not work the same way on you as it would on someone else. Patience is key!