The struggle of wanting your hair to grow and not wanting to do anything to it continues...
Confession: I am obsessed with my hair and how it's growing. Another confession: I hate actually having to do anything to my hair. It's a strange tug of war where I basically want to do the least and get the most in return. This probably says a lot about me as a person but that's not what we're talking about right now. After 5 years of experimenting with my natural hair, cutting it and watching it grow and cutting it again, I have discovered a few tips, tricks, and hacks to growing your hair out and keeping your length.
1. Low Manipulation | Let's be honest here: protective styling can be a pain in the ass. No one likes to sit in a chair for 8 hours while your edges are being abused for 6 weeks of box braids and a sore scalp. Of course they look cute but is it worth the trouble? I find that low manipulations styles are just as great for retaining your length as long term protective styles. Try styles like mini twists, twisted updos, or simple buns to keep your ends protected (and your hands out of your hair) without the hassle of a complicated protective style.
2. Keep Your Hair Stretched | As a super kinky, coily haired gal this tip is key for me. Shrunken hair equals single strand knots and tangles and those equal extreme breakage. Ain't nobody got time for that so I make sure to keep my hair stretched as much as possible. I style on stretched hair, I keep my hair twisted (stretched while washing), and when I'm not out and about you can bet my hair is in some twists. This prevents unnecessary damage and fooling with my hair.
3. Wrap it Up | Listen, I'm not trying to be all up in your business here but you need to protect your hair while you sleep. I'm not even saying you have to re twist it; a satin pillowcase or scarf will do. Cotton rubbing up against your strands can cause dryness and breakage and leaving you hair out can cause extreme knotting and tangling. Save yourself from crazy split ends and just wear a scarf.
Super easy right? Like I said before, we're trying to do the least here and doing these three things can save your hair.
How do you retain your natural hair length? sound off below!