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The Difference Between Hair Growth and Retaining Length


One phrase I seem to hear a lot is “My hair doesn’t grow.” I don’t want to sound stern but this is wrong. All hair grows unless there is a problem with the hair cuticle or its your pores itself. The problem for most people is length retention. Now while all growth rates are not created equal, it doesn’t mean that the hair isn’t growing at all. There are some exceptions to this for those who have special circumstances such as scalp issues but for the majority, that’s not the case. Different ways to retain length would be:

  • Protective styling because it protects the ends of your hair and stops them from drying out and getting breakage.
  • Keeping your ends moisturizer. The baggy method is a great way to do this.
  • Doing low manipulation styles. Styles that you can keep in for a while such as twists and braids

 

The ends of your hair play a huge part in length retention because it is the oldest part of your hair. That’s why i always stress the point to care for your ends. If you are trying to grow your hair to its longest possible lengths you have to make sure that you take care of your ends. The get the driest first and fastest so make sure you special attention to them. While you don’t have to get trims every six weeks, you should at least make sure you’re paying attention to them to know when its time. Your hair will feel rough and rugged on the ends.  I trim at least 3 times a year. If you use heat of course this number will increase.

If your chopping off your hair every six weeks, your probably wont see that big of a difference. Also, if your not using heat, there is no way your trims should be this frequent

So again i say, it’s not that your hair IS NOT growing , your just not retaining the length that you are receiving. Be sure to take care of the moisture and protein levels in your hair and your ends and i promise you it will make a world of difference in retaining length

HHJ.

SEE ALSO: How I Helped My Client Regrow Her Edges In 6 - 7 Months!

 

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  1. how often can we use the baggy method without making hair heavy?

  2. StrawBerriCurls says:

    @abra it wont make your hair heavy at all. You could do it every night if you like. I did 🙂

    1. karimarenee says:

      I have been a kinky natural for almost 3years now and although my hair is healthy and has grown well I still find that I must trim every 8-10 weeks. I seal, moisturize and all that jazz but ends just get crazy at that point. I don’t flat iron or straighten my hair more than 2-4 times a year. I do see grow but like most I would love to see more and reach my bsl goal. I think everyone’s hair is different and just need different things. Thanks for sharing your advice.

    1. @zaahiraa baggy method is one of the best and easiest ways to maintain your wash and go, coil out, twist out, or any style where you’re wearing out your coils. Before you go to bed at night, spritz your hair with a VERY FINE MIST of WATER. Too much water will leave you with a sopping wet head. I like to section off into 3 sections with a very loose scrunchy so it doesn’t get too tangled. Finally, cover your hair with a plastic cap or bag. The cheap ones you use to condition work perfectly. The heat you produce combined with the water and styling products already in your hair will produce more liquid (thus don’t need a lot of water). In the morning, take off the cap and scrunchy, give your head a good shake and off you go! If you want to style it, use a bit of light oil like tea tree or jajoba oil.

      As a tip, use a second satin/silk cap over the plastic cap and tuck it under the edges. This will prevent the elastic from rubbing off around your hair line, and reduces the crinkling noises from the plastic.

  3. @zaahiraa baggy method is one of the best and easiest ways to maintain your wash and go, coil out, twist out, or any style where you’re wearing out your coils. Before you go to bed at night, spritz your hair with a VERY FINE MIST of WATER. Too much water will leave you with a sopping wet head. I like to section off into 3 sections with a very loose scrunchy so it doesn’t get too tangled. Finally, cover your hair with a plastic cap or bag. The cheap ones you use to condition work perfectly. The heat you produce combined with the water and styling products already in your hair will produce more liquid (thus don’t need a lot of water). In the morning, take off the cap and scrunchy, give your head a good shake and off you go! If you want to style it, use a bit of light oil like tea tree or jajoba oil.

    As a tip, use a second satin/silk cap over the plastic cap and tuck it under the edges. This will prevent the elastic from rubbing off around your hair line, and reduces the crinkling noises from the plastic.

    1. thanks @bdasteph! I’m doing the satin bonnet nighttime routine now, with twists every night (just started doing loose twists, too). Perhaps I should incorporate the baggy method as well! My ends get a bit crunchy.. Your response was super informative! thank you thank you! X)

  4. Hair does have a terminal length it will grow and there’s nothing you can do to prevent this; it’s down to genes. My hair reached terminal at thigh length, though it did go through a few stalls which I did think. It had stopped growing. I oil my ends daily with jojoba oil and do deep conditioning treatments once a week and I always wear my hair in a protective bun. Most people can grow to classic length with good care but. The odd few will never make it past shoulder.

  5. Nita Gilborne via Facebook says:

    I will read this later.

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