How to retain hair growth

Topic/Task: How to Retain Hair Growth

Our hair grows an average of ½ an inch a month.

So why are you not seeing the growth?

While your hair is growing, you are not retaining any of the lengths that you are growing. This could be because of poor habits or techniques in your natural hair regimen. And as a result, are causing breakage, knots, tangles, split ends, single strand knots, and much more. Thus, you don’t get to keep the new or old length.

Length retention is key in maintaining the length (as well as the health) of your tresses.


Here’s how to:


1. Sleep on Satin – Satin is one of the best materials for our hair for length retention. When compared to cotton, cotton removes moisture from our hair strands. This is why we usually wake up with product residue on our pillowcases or sheets. The satin blocks moisture from leaving our hair so it stays in for a long time. Moisture that we worked so hard to apply needs to stay in to keep our tresses hydrated.


2. Deep Conditioning - Next, you can also deep condition your hair every week. Deep conditioners are made with natural and/or fortifying ingredients. They’re able to penetrate the deepest layer of your hair strands and impart the minerals needed to repair, restore, and rejuvenate your hair strands. The minerals will give your hair what it needs so that it can stay nourished for a long time.


3. Detangle Your Hair – To prevent your hair from tangling up the point of no return, keep it tangle-free by regularly detangling your hair. Depending on your routine you may detangle your hair at least once a week. Detangling aids in removing any small knots that would have turned into major knots that would have to be cut out. Also, it makes styling your hair (point #5) a breeze as your hair is easier to manage.


4. Oil Your Ends – Oil the ends of your hair to protect it from breakage. The oil will trap to the hair strand and act as a barrier. Therefore, letting nothing out and nothing in that will harm your hair. Oils that should be used are lightweight and penetrating. These oils will nourish and protect the ends without weighing down your hair. Examples of oil to use are grapeseed, Argan, Amla, coconut, and even jojoba oil.


5. Wear Low Maintenance Styles – And finally, wear low manipulation hairstyles. These styles require low manipulation therefore they require little to no effort from you once styled properly. Examples of these styles are twist/braid outs, wash and gos, and buns. The styles usually last approximately 4 to 7 days depending on the product and technique used. No restyling needed until the next wash day so you can keep the combs, brushes, and your fingers away from your hair that may cause breakage.  

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