Three Reasons You’re Not Retaining Length
“Black people don’t have long hair.”
“It always breaks at the same point.”
“My hair just doesn’t grow.”
No, no, and no.
Guess what? Your hair is growing, otherwise you wouldn’t need that touch-up/retwist/larger sleep bonnet.
The problem’s not at the root…it’s at the ends. Breakage is the #1 culprit sabotaging your hair length goals.
Here are three reasons your hair is breaking and not retaining length. Are you guilty of any offenses?
- Over manipulation
Two-strand twists on Monday, a twist-out Wednesday, hair color on Thursday, blowout on Saturday…you’re doing too much. Contrary to popular belief, our hair is fragile and must be handled with care. Constant handling of your hair is a recipe for disaster.
- Not protecting your ends
This is what causes the infamous shoulder-length plateau. Your ends are the oldest part of your strands. Frequent contact with your clothing causes them to further weaken and break. Styles like afros and puffs also expose your ends to the elements. Opt for protective styles instead. They keep your ends up, covered, and safeguarded.
- Not enough moisture
Think of your hair as a sponge. When dry, it’s hard, rough, and inflexible. Any pressure you apply to it will cause pieces to chip off. But when wet, the sponge becomes pliable and easily manipulated. This is what we’re aiming for. Dry hair leads to breakage and snaps easily. Keep your mane moisturized for maximum strand manageability.
Incorporate these three tips into your hair routine and your hair will thank you…and hang around a bit longer.
Have you had success with any of these methods? Share your story.
(And BTW, if you didn’t side-eye the first line of this post, we need to have a talk.)
Let’s swap tips.