3. Understand your hair’s limitations
As sad as it sounds, just because you saw a technique work for somebody else doesn’t mean that it will work for you. Not everybody will be able to achieve length while relaxing their hair, maybe you have super fine strands that dont do well with chemicals. Or you could be coloring on top of your relaxer which is not a great idea if length retention is your goal.
I can’t tell you how many relaxed ladies that started their hair journeys around the same time that I did who are still struggling to retain decent length. That is not a dig at them or their regimens at all, it’s not even a dig at relaxed hair in general as I have seen many relaxed ladies with long thick hair. Relaxed hair can and does grow long but depending on your hair texture, it may very well end up being more challenging FOR YOU to achieve your goals than with natural hair.
This doesn’t just apply to chemical treatments though. If you are a natural who likes to wear your hair straight and you know that you won’t be able to resist whipping out that flat iron* to smooth out some minor dents every morning, then that is a limitation too. Why not install a sew in during the grow out phase so you can still enjoy the straight look without getting excessive heat your own hair.
4. Don’t get too adventurous with your hair
If the idea of a BKT aka keratin treatment, a brazilian blow out or a full head of purple hair sounds great but you are not sure you want to risk your strands, you are right! There will be plenty of time to get adventurous with your hair once you’ve achieved your goals. There is no reason to color all your hair when a few streaks of color at the top will give you the same effect. Pick your battles wisely.
5. Consider hair vitamins
Do not discount the possibility that your slow hair growth could be due to a poor diet or slow metabolism particularly if you have had faster growth in the past.
Clean up your diet by including more fruits and vegetables through juicing or by other means. Fruits and vegetables improve the nutrient density of your meals but you can always support your healthy lifestyle with supplements* targeted to faster growing hair. Hair growth aids enhance your growth rate but remember, they are no substitute for a good solid regimen.
There are countless examples of women who have achieved the length of their dreams and even though all you see now is that they have long hair, they all had short hair at one point. They all went through that awkward stage when no hairstyle looked quite right and they probably had more than one setback in their journeys. Armed with a good regimen, let patience be your preferred hair growth aid!
That’s it! I hope you found these tips helpful. Slow hair growth can be frustrating sometimes but at least now you know now that it will not prevent you from having long healthy hair!
Originally posted 2014-04-11 17:00:50.