6 Ways To Reduce Mechanical Damage To Retain More Length

mother-brushing-daughters-hairWhen it comes to hair damage for most of us we think of things like improper use of heat or double processing with chemicals. Well at least that’s what I thought.

When I first started my hair journey, around 3 ½ years ago, after reading information from site after site I felt like I was well equipped with the tools that I needed to retain unimaginable lengths (okay I’m over exaggerating  … but I had a mission dang gonnit! ahaha). Here was my regimen at the time:

Prepoo 1x a week

Wash 1x a week,

Cowash 2x a week,

Deep Condition 1x a week,

Moisturize and Seal 2x daily


Protein Treatment 1x a month

On top of this I would use a wide tooth comb about twice a week and redo my bun every two days and I would trim every 3 months. While I was retaining length, I wasn’t retaining as much as I should have been.

I didn’t understand. Why was I not retaining when I was doing everything right? Well, that’s when I learned that my regimen might have been too much for my strands and that mechanical damage was probably the culprit.

What is Mechanical Damage?

Mechanical Damage is damage caused to the hair strands through manipulation whether it be through combing, styling or deep conditioning. Normally mechanical handling of the hair or manipulation done properly does not affect hair retention to any great extent but this “normal” can vary widely from person to person.

As is to be expected though, every time we touch our hair be it to style, wash or detangle we risk mechanical damage since the protein bonds, of which our hair is made, can be so easily damaged.

So clearly some damage is to be expected but when it comes to the point where you are doing everything correctly and there is still no exceptional retention, you may be doing more to your hair than it can handle. If this is the case for you, following we have listed 6 tips to reduce mechanical manipulation to increase retention.

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About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

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Ruthelle Dzifa-Dzidzi Ruth I

i Needed this!!thanks

Yvonne
Yvonne

This was such a helpful article in my examining my regime to assist me in obtaining more length.

Mia Eubanks

Just got a regimen down.

Prince PapiChulo

Do yourselves a favour go to A Dominican Salon they do hair the natural and best way

Chelsea Crouch

and let them burn my scalp beyond repair? no thanks

Janay Mitchell

& all the heat they use dries out your hair, lets not forget **HEAT DAMAGE**

GreerLulu

Good info!

Angela Cochrane Palmer

Thanks for the tips

Monica Taylor Collins

still learning and it has been a year and I have not yet found the right hair care regimen for my hair. trying to stay natural , but my hair is so short and super nappy and sheds like crazy. ugh. I need help. :/

Tu Bella Mari

LOL…NO DID IT

Juanita Howell

reminds me of my daughter and her daughter lol

Prince PapiChulo

Chelsea Crouch Sweety I own my own salon and deal with clients from all hair types so dont teach or chat here. Dominican women dont use relaxers and other garbage thank you and God bless

Jhana Gray

Does any one know a good online site that delivers hair products to Australia coz I can’t find any good products

Prince PapiChulo

I also sell hair, weaves, wigs, gels, natural oils and all other hair products

Chantell Immapeiceofwork Chew

Im just learning. And starting from scratch at that. Literally

Renata Mckinney

HAIR CONDITIONERS DOES JUST FINE

Nicole Alexandra Hooper

Monica Taylor Collins hey hun. if your hair sheds in my opinion its because of dryness. plenty of moisture and protective hair styles. nappy hair means strong hair so use it to your advantage and use plenty of moisture. steam it and use things to help it grow such as braids, until it reaches a more manageable length. hope this helps and remember all hair is unique and fabulous.

Prú Sashà

She isn’t straightening her hair she’s brushing it

Ruth Nunes

have you tried Jamaican castor oil…that might help. They also say a lot of moisture. I am learning too and want to do it without the big chop:)will see what happens. Theres a wealth of information on these natural sites. Hang in there.

Yolonda Spead

Don’t forget to use a satin pillowcase when sleeping, works wonders….

mojomo86
mojomo86

“6. Stick To What Works” Definitely my favorite tip LOL, sometimes we get caught up in trying new things, constantly trying to find the next big thing that will wow us but in reality we may have already found it. LOL. I have revisited some last regimens and thought why did I ever stop doing this, this is when you need to sit down and reevaluate your life lol #js.

Shay Bailey

I’m still learning I want to grow I’m having problems into what to use now know now since I had to do the 21/2 to 3 year plan my hair will be down my back trust no perms none of that all natural products that’s all from here on out!

Reshell Sanae'Marie Williams

I’m starting from scratch.

Dacia Mackinnon

Love this site!

koolkittychick
koolkittychick

I discovered most of these methods last year, and it made a world of difference. I retained about six inches of hair growth and went from APL to MBL in the space of a year. I hope to reach WL by my birthday, which is next May. Of all the tips, the finger detangling one was the turning point for me. Once I mastered that technique, my hair started retaining practically every inch I grew.

Chantal
Chantal

Ive added finger detangling to my routine which takes a bit more time but it does help in length retention. However, Im in a twa, and I cant seem to acheive second day hair so Im always re-twisting or re-bantu-ing every night which Im sure isnt good. By the end of the day my hair just shirnks back up to an fros with no definition….what can I do? I really wanna reduce manipulation of my hair

Josann F

Learning….everyday!!