8 Reasons You Are Still Not Retaining Length

8 Reasons You Are Still Not Retaining Length

Yes, you read the blog, yes you do protective styles, yes you finger detangle but it’s 2014. You have been natural since 2008 and your hair is still neck length when at full shrinkage and just barely past your arm pits stretched. You watch YouTube, and sexysassy987 has waist length hair now, yet you both started your hair journeys at the same time.

Aw, come on – don’t act like you don’t do that, we know you count those months and tell yourself, well technically you did your big chop in November of 08 and she did hers in June of 08, so you really started in 09 and she had a head start.

Listen, comparison is normal, we are constantly in competition even when we do not want to be. We have to consciously tell ourselves that we arent in a race, not with Sassy, not even with ourselves quite frankly.

On BHI we get the same question over and over, it goes a little something like this, “Hey can you help me, I am doing everything I can to grow my hair and I just don’t see any progress, signed 16 and desperate!”

My first thought is, what does “everything” mean? The first thing you need to stop is the “everything”, but without hammering that too much the truth is we cant tell you what you are doing wrong specifically because as much as we would want to be there with you during wash day we just cant. But what we can do is create a list, a list of things that you just might be doing that may just be causing you not to the retain length that you should. Lets get started!

1. You still think products ‘grow’ your hair


It isnt about product guys, its about ingredients! You know what, I did that too once upon a time, I remember once taking three bottles of half used products and mixing them together to create a product that was to me, perfect. I knew the ingredients of all three, it was a light gel, first ingredient water, a light hold cream, first ingredient water and a bottle of pure unadulterated olive oil.

I mixed all three in the bottle that had the least amount of product in it, slapped a label on it and called it “Petra”. Yes Petra, which means that this bottle is my stuff that I will be using as my moisturizer and nobody else in the house with hair better touch it.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Roxana Romero

Go away whore

Brenda Warner

O Jesus

Latanya Brailey
Iyasha Love

Her hair looks damaged. She needs to clip those ends

Michael Appleyard

For hair extensions and wigs come to Roses Hair and Beauty Aldershot.

Jameilah Harris

Lol

Terri Poindexter Patterson

I would add another reason: you are not eating right and exercising. Proper nutrition and exercise strongly contribute to hair growth.

Bashy Goodas

I laughed until my eyes were streaming @ Roxana’s comment.

TMW98
TMW98

Good advice, good article. Sometimes you have to let your hair do what it wants to naturally do. My hair likes afro… I can twist out, braid out, shingle etc. But at the end of the day it likes being in and afro. When I let it do what it likes to do and mist with water every morning and every night it grows like wildfire. When I try to do these trendy styles that take manipulating everyday to make it work on my hair type breakage increases and growth is no longer seen.

Amira Yusef

relaxers and chemicals and heat will do it every time.

amira
amira

perms, relaxers and chemicals will do this every time.

Lauren
Lauren

Makes Makes sense! Thank you… now I csn stoo trying so darn hard!