6 Tips for length retention on your natural hair journey
2. Use Less Heat: Heat can definitely be beneficial in terms of cutting down the drying time of some of your favourite hairstyles. This is especially true when you are short on time and have an important event to get to. However, you may want to use these appliances sparingly. The worst thing you want to experience in your quest for longer locs is heat damage hair. This damage will be characterised by issues such as dryness, split ends and breakage which will ultimately result in less length being retained.
3. Regular trims: This one may seem a bit counter-productive, but trimming your hair every so often will mean you are removing split and dead ends. These split ends have the potential to continue causing damage right up the hair shaft resulting in more hair loss. In this case if you are suffering from damaged ends it may be more productive to trim those early on before they become worse as this hair loss stemming from the damaged ends will negatively impact your length retention.
4. Protective & Low Manipulation: Protective styles are those which keep your hair, especially your ends, exactly as the term suggests, protected. Keeping your ends out of the way will definitely be a useful tool to use in order to maximise the amount of length you have. Whether your aim is to conceal your hair from harsher environmental elements or simply to minimise the amount of rubbing the ends of your hair does on clothing and other material, protective styling is one avenue that is worth pursuing. Examples include wigs, weave, braids, updos and buns. It is important to note that you need to take care of your own hair underneath in order to maintain the health of your hair.
Slightly different from protective styling, low manipulation hairstyling can also be a great option. These are those which do not require you to consistently style your hair on a daily basis. This is perhaps most handy for those suffering from ‘hand in hair’ syndrome as it allows you to have a hairstyle which requires little manipulation on your part, thus reducing hair loss that may come from over manipulation. Hairstyles to try include braid outs, twist outs, bantu knots, puffs and pin ups. Experiment to find which one your hair responds well to. Most importantly, these types of styles look great while maximising your length retention.