Why low manipulation beats moisture hands down every time.
You’ve tweaked your regimen to within an inch of it’s life. You moisturize daily without fail and sleep with a satin bonnet on top of a silk pillowcase (can’t be too careful!). You avoid heat like the plagaue and yet 6 months go by and you have nothing to show for it. Your hair looks about the same length maybe gained a quarter of an inch? Before you scream to the heavens, cue dramatic music, ‘WHYYYYYY?”, its time to look at how you prioritize your regimen.
We all know ‘black hair is dry which is why it breaks easily’ right? True but it’s more accurate to say that ‘black hair is dry which is why it breaks easily when manipulated!’ You could have the highest moisture content in your strands of all other woman in your state but if you are manipulating your hair excessively, then you’ve got a breakage problem. A good regimen is one that strives to reduce manipulation rather than just to increase moisture.
I’ve mentioned in a previous article about keeping things simple in your regimen, I gave an example of a lady who was hardly retaining length even though her regimen made sure she was getting a great moisture protein balance. She was however doing mini twists every few months, braids or twist outs where she would redo them 1-2 times in the week and numerous other hairstyles. She had the deadly ‘hands-in-your-hair syndrome’.
Whether you are natural or relaxed we all suffer a bit from the aforementioned syndrome, it’s universal and probably understandable if you have just discovered how freeing and satisfying a self-made hair regimen can be. The dark side of that is excess manipulation. I see this so often: After a wash and deep condition, you flat iron or roller-set your hair straight. You then use a comb and a brush to wrap it up for the night and comb it down the next morning. You moisturize then repeat the process daily for the rest of the week.
Sounds ok in principle right? How many times do I hear from women who claim that they don’t even get that much breakage but somehow their hair isn’t growing. Well I dare you to stand over a sink while you do your daily grooming. Go on really, I dare you!