So as promised, here are some of the reasons why your hair may not seem to be growing or you’re not retaining Length.
Not enough Moisture : With our climate here and general hair type, our hair is almost always dry and doesn’t retain as much moisture as it needs. The key is to make sure you’re doing your part by moisturizing constantly. DO NOT over shampoo your hair and please deep condition your hair (this has been my game changer). Retaining moisture helps fight breakage which promotes length retention.. You see? It’s all one long chain. On the other hand, do not over moisturize. You don’t want too soft hair either..
Knowing your hair porosity: Porosity is the measure of the hairs ability to absorb moisture. It may not be the end of the World if you don’t know whether your hair is highly porous or has low porosity or maybe it’s somewhere in the middle but having this knowledge provides a guide line on how you treat your hair. Whether you need more moisture or you can do without all that hair product that’ll weigh your strands down. For those with low hair porosity,
it is imperative that you use lighter more liquid based products that will not just sit on top of your hair making it oily or greasy. Also, you will be able to get away with fewer moisturizing sessions to avoid build up.
However, with high hair porosity that easily loses moisture, layering on products to retain moisture is a necessity. Moisturize maybe as often as once or twice daily using Butters or heavy oils to seal.
There are multiple ways to check and I’ll leave a link.
Unbalanced ph value : Ph is a scale used for ranking the relative acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Similar to the skin, the hair has a slightly acidic pH level, and needs an acidic pH level to thrive. Human hair is happiest at a pH of 4 to 5.5, which is slightly acidic. Alkaline products cause the hair to swell, the cuticle to lift and remove oils from the air. This results in frizzy, dull, brittle hair that is prone to breakage and tangling.
Check the Ph value of your hair products especially the shampoo and conditioners to ensure you’re not destroying your hair. This is especially important in colored or chemically altered hair.
I’ll leave a wiki link if you want to learn more about this.
No patience: You can’t get far if you’re watching your hair everyday for growth changes. Having loads of patience is as essential in hair care as anything else. Patiently detangle your hair, be patient when trying new products, be patient enough to actually see results, be patient and trust that even though that lady in your Instagram feed gained 6″ in 10 months and you didn’t, your hair is growing anyway.
Genes: This is important. Our hair cannot and does not and will not grow at the same rate as everyone else no matter how much love and care we show it. So you may have slow growth because of your genes, or maybe your terminal length is faster. You can’t change this. Instead love your hair and enjoy it.. Style it how you want and just have fun.
Hair regimen: This is one of the little things that’s also a big deal. Having a hair regimen allows you interact with your hair on a timely basis. This is how I was able to know how much moisture my hair needs, how long I can get away without shampooing my hair, how drying any form of chemical like dyes makes my hair, etc. Cultivate a routine that works for your hair and see it flourish. Knowing how to care for your hair type (fine or thick) is important in any decision you make regarding your hair care. Allow yourself only a few cheat days due to laziness or whatever excuse you can manufacture but stick with a regimen that works and change it up if you’re not getting what you want out of it.
Protective styling: I’m one of the few people that braids and generally anything tight styling doesn’t work for because of the texture of the hair around my edges. Also because I get lazier in taking care of my hair when I can’t touch it or see it. But I know the importance of protective styling so my best method is putting my hair in loose corn rows ( or two strand twists) because of the current length of my hair and throwing on a wig. This way I’m not fussing over my hair or putting any stress on it. That’s why protective styles done in the right way is important. Figure out what works for you and challenge your self to a period of time where your hair is protected and well taken care of and see the difference at the end of it. But do not leave your PS on for too long to avoid matting or knots and tangles that will just result in hair breakage when you take it out.
Lack of trimming: Trimming your hair regularly in itself doesn’t make your hair shorter. Over trimming does. I don’t know for sure but I think healthy hair is less likely to get split ends. Because most of the time, this results from too much heat or harsh chemicals being used on the hair. Whatever the case may be, get a trim whenever you notice an abundance of split or unhealthy ends on your hair strands else the split ends starts traveling downwards towards the root of your hair and then at a point, breaks! So get a trim when you absolutely need to. Not before or after..
Protein : Your hair needs the right amount of protein and we all know the importance of protein. Not too much and not too little. This comes into play when building your hair regimen.
Bad hair practices: Too much heat causes limpness and split ends. But aside from the obvious damage that can result from excessive blow-drying, flat ironing and pressing the hair, using poor hair tools such as smaller toothed combs, the wrong types of brushes and even fractured bobby pins and hair combs can also result in damage to your natural hair. Hair accessories that are damaged can snag the hair and cause breakage. The same applies for using combs with smaller teeth that can tangle the hair and cause split ends. Invest in a seamless comb or a deman brush for detangling and styling natural hair.
Healthy living: What is on the outside is a reflection of what’s on the inside. Eat clean and healthy food rich in essential vitamins. Exercise regularly, drink enough water. These aren’t only good for your hair but for every aspect of your life. But your hair will benefit from healthy practices because it’s a part of your body too and grows from the inside.
These may seem like a lot but it’s what most people already know and do and it works well for them. The period I wasn’t retaining length was due to the simple reason of not moisturizing enough. It can be one or the other for you. So check to make sure you’re on track but never forget to have fun with your hair. The best part of being natural most especially is the versatility of it. So enjoy it.
Did I leave anything out? What works and what doesn’t for you? Thank you for getting to the end of this really long post lol. I have good news to share in my next post with those who don’t know me personally. Yay!