1. Not Being Gentle
Try sectioning dry hair and detangling with olive or coconut oil. Opt for finger detangling instead of your regular comb or brush. Detangle starting from the ends and working upwards, there will be less breakage, and more length retention.Personally I use a huge comb to detangle, and I never really have any issues with tangling because I keep my hair moisturized through out the week. Dry brittle hair causes matting which causes tangles.
2. No protective styles
This one cannot be applied across the board because some women can retain length without protective styling. If you find that you are not retaining length and you think incorporating protective styles can help, you should try it. A protective style could be anything from braids, to buns to a weave. It just depends on your preference, but we know that protective styles definitely is a great way to help you to retain length.My favorites are the ever faithful bun, box braids and maybe twice a year, weaves. Check out my full blog post on different protective hairstyles to try.
3. Not Moisturizing or Sealing Properly
Properly moisturizing and sealing hair is a vital step towards retaining growth, and sometimes it can be underestimated or done incorrectly. A common misconception is that hair can be moisturized with thick petroleum jelly. Check out my full post on moisturizing/maintaining relaxed hair
One of the best methods for moisture retention is the LOC Method. With this methodyou apply first a leave in conditioner, than oil, and finish with a cream. Use these products separately and they may be effective, but combining them will work wonders.Applying your favorite products in this sequence will ensure that your hair stays moisturized all day long.
How do you retain length? Comment below and share!
Check out these helpful links as well
Maintaining relaxed hair
-How I dry my hair without heat
-Products I use on my hair
-And you can check out how other relaxed ladies take care of their hair
-How I create volume in my relaxed hair
-Fake the fro on relaxed hair
-Hairstyles to try out
-Protecting your hairline
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