Most times you will hear us mention the importance of using your fingers to detangle your hair and even if you have to use a comb, just make sure you get enough of the knots out first using your fingers before following up with the wide tooth comb*.
4. Daily manipulation – This might mean, co washing and slicking your hair back into a ponytail every morning, or twisting and braiding nightly for the perfect set the next day.
Your hair strands are fragile, even in their natural state because that is the natural state of very curly hair, so manipulating it often can cause breakage which affects your length retention ultimately.
The most ideal way to style your hair is once a week and maintain the style for five – seven days without having to re-style. We understand that this method might not be for everyone, but cutting down on the parting, combing and twisting/braiding your hair will ultimately be very beneficial to the inches you are trying to gain.
5. Insufficient conditioning – Have you ever wondered why conditioning your hair is so important? Well we are here to tell you that conditioning is a key factor to length retention because when you condition your hair especially with a formula that has great slip, it prevents your hair from tangling and matting, the very thing that encourages breakage.
Water based conditioners hydrate the strands allowing your hair to avoid the dryness which makes your hair prone to friction and breakage. Protein conditioners strengthen the hair strand and keep it from degenerating to the point of the strand disappearing like a thief in the night. With that said if you use conditioner, try to use enough to coat all your strands and for sufficient periods of time.
Most of us in the hair care game prefer huge bottles of conditioner because we know how beneficial it is to keeping our hair hydrated and intact enough to stay long and healthy. Those small cutesie brand specific 8 to 10 oz bottles that we might get from newly opened all natural stores may have the best ingredients but they are barely enough for a single use on our thick natural tresses.
If you cannot afford to spend the money to get enough of that conditioner to cover your thick hair then try to get economical with your purchases and buy the drugstore brands that do the same thing with a lot more product in the bottle.
If your hair is not as thick or you have fine low density strands, you might be able to get away with smaller bottles of conditioner just as long as all of your hair benefits from the same treatment.