Whether we want to believe it or not, most women who are natural are length driven. I’m sure it’s the same for relaxed women but the many who switch to natural hair are doing so for longer tresses.
Yes, we want healthy hair and hair that is not thinning or breaking off but you cannot go anywhere naturals congregate (the web or in person) and not hear a conversation about retaining length.
Usually the discussion is about hair growing or not growing but that’s not accurate as all hair grows. Being able to hold on to it as it grows seems to be the real issue for many women whether natural or relaxed.
Our ends are the oldest hairs and need more TLC than the roots so there are many ways to destroy those hairs if you don’t know how to take care of or manage your hair. If you feel your hair is at a standstill (many find this when their hair hits their shoulders) then you may want to stick around and see why it’s not getting any longer.
1. Moisture Retention – Moisture is essential is keeping your hair happy, healthy, and holding on! The oldest hairs need to be moisturized but they also need to be sealed once that moisture has been added. I know many naturals don’t want to wet their hair because it ruins their style but water is the best moisturizer in the world.
Not everyone is using water daily or even weekly for that matter so as an alternative, making sure water is within the first 5 ingredients (preferably first) of the moisturizer you use is a great way to also keep your hair moisturized and supple. There are other ingredients that are amazing at maintaining moisture in your hair, like glycerin and aloe vera.