See why your hair remains the same length month after month in spite of your efforts at hair care
Has your hair remained the same length regardless of all the techniques, time and products you have showered it with? Are you in that category that says my hair JUST WON’T GROW?
If this is your reality then chances are you have been making some missteps in your hair journey. Something has gone wrong with your regimen. The problem is not so much that it is not growing, but that you have been unable to retain and maintain the inches you’ve grown..
The first thing you will need to do to correct this is find out how to create an excellent regimen that helps to retain your growth so you can see it’s full potential. You can find out more about how to build a hair regimen for length retention in the video linked in the tab above or down in the description.
In the meantime though, these are some things you need to tackle to start to see some immediate results in your length retention:
1. Irreparable damage
It may be that you have started with extremely damaged hair, that is to say heat or chemical damage. Either of these will affect the resilience of your strands and healthy growth cannot be seen unless you get rid if the damaged ends over time or just do a big chop and start from scratch because hair has to be healthy in order for it to grow long.
Provided that you make the decision to stop mistreating your locks and be more diligent with healthy hair practices the new hair growing right now will remain healthy. You will start to see the health of your hair improve drastically and the length will follow. Just remain consistent and remember it’s a process!
2. Mistreating your ends
This could be another reason that you are not seeing growth and this happens when you are not treating your ends as the most important part of your hair. Remember the flat ironing job you did recently when you went over your ends numerous times because they just never get straight enough? Or the braids you practically hacked through with a comb to take down the style? Well, no more of that!
Look at the ends of your hair today and think about how you treat them. Ask yourself this; “Will these ends still be there in 5 years time?” If you think it’s doubtful then something in your regimen has to change, and fast.
This is another culprit that robs you of some hang time. If you are partial to chemically straightened hair or color you could be guilty of this; specifically, you are relaxing your hair ‘bone straight’ or over processing your color. With bone straight hair, sure, it means that your hair will have fewer tangles when you are washing it but the length you think you are saving in avoiding knots will be lost due to weaker, drier hair.
Remember, the longer the chemical is left in your hair, the more bonds are being broken. These bonds are what hold your hair together so by breaking too many of them, you will end up sabotaging your length retention and healthy hair growth.
You may want to consider texlaxing or texturizing your hair instead. In essence, this is the practice of deliberately under-processing your hair so you can retain some of the bonds that will keep your hair strong and thriving.
With color I suggest that you get it professionally done by someone who is knowledgeable in healthy hair maintenance and steer clear of at-home box colors.
Originally posted 2010-03-06 20:01:38.