by Michelle of Radiant Brown Beauty
3C, 4A, 4C, 2B. Hair types.
When it comes to retaining length, sometimes we put too much emphasis on hair type instead of where the focus belongs. Hair practices.
How many times have you looked at one of your fellow naturals with long hair and thought, “I’ll never get my hair to grow that long. My hair type won’t allow it.” OK maybe YOU didn’t think it but trust – many women do.
What They Have That You Don’t
Let’s put aside hair types for a moment and examine the habits of other naturals that have managed to retain a healthy amount of length. It’s not about what they have. It’s about what they do.
You’re probably thinking of “famous” naturals with long hair like Napturl85, UrbanBushBabes or Mahogany Curls (and we love them) but they are just a few among many. There are many naturals with long hair (they retained length) that you are probably not aware of. Here are a few with varying hair textures:
Kitty’s So Curly
What do these ladies have in common? Their hair care practices. There are certain things they do and don’t do (me too!) like…
* Finger Detangle
* Wash hair in sections
* Deep condition during every wash
* Incorporating protein treatments into their regimens at least monthly
* Seal in the moisture regularly
* Minimize or eliminate heat styling
* Protect the hair at night (sleeping with a silk/satin bonnet or pillowcase)
* Employ low manipulation and/or protective styling
* Comb dry hair
* Brush through the length of their hair (except maybe with a Denman on hair that’s soaking with conditioner)
* Ever leave hair exposed to the elements without some form of protection (ie. covering, sealant)
Making these hair practices non-negotiable can help you retain length as well. Even if your hair isn’t pre-determined to reach waist or tail bone length, you can certainly achieve BSL (bra strap length) – no matter your hair type