Nothing gets in the way of getting long hair like breakage. Well apart from slow hair growth, breakage is the biggest enemy of progression for Natties.
When your hair is not breaking your length retention is greater. Length retention is the amount of hair you keeps as it grows.
Below are just a few tips I practice to retain some length (in no particular order).
- Overcoming the “hand in hair syndrome”: As a new nattie it is very easy to get carried away with how wonderful and amazing our hair feels, but trust me it does more harm than good. I have personally seen less hair breakage once I stopped fiddling with my hair. Constantly touching the hair increases tangles and knots which will result in hair breakage. Hair breakage=no length retention.
- Take care of “the elders”: As the hair grows, the oldest part of our hair (ends) tends to be more weaker as it has been exposed to the elements (cold, heat, manipulation and so forth) more than the rest of the hair, as such it needs more attention and love. The best way to protect the elders is to make sure they are moisturised and protected from high manipulation and friction.
- Low manipulation hairstyles: This has got to be the go to thing for me for retaining length. I have confessed to being a lazy nattie, so anything that does not require me to be constantly busy with my hair, I.AM.HERE.FOR.IT! For me my favourite low manipulation hairstyle is twisted braids because I can still moisturize,wash and have access to my scalp without fiddling with my hair and getting it all tangled up.
- Consistency: Consistency is very important. You know what I am not going to lie and say I am because WOW! I am not and being a lazy nattie does not help. I think its just a matter of understanding your hair needs and doing whatever needs to be done at that time. But having a solid to semi-solid hair routine is SUPER important. Don’t expect your garden to flourish if you don’t take care of it.
‘Til next time…