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How to Retain Your Length

A lot of naturals complain about how their hair is not growing. However, our hair grows daily. The truth is that you are not retaining your growth. Whether the growth is new i.e. from your roots or old i.e. the ends of your hair, you should be retaining them. Length retention is key in having healthy and “long hair”. We all desire hair that reaches our waist, and we can all get there. How? By employing length retention techniques within our weekly or daily hair regimen. These techniques will preserve your hair as well as promote hair growth. Luckily, there are simple and easy steps to add in your hair regimen.

Here are 3 length retention techniques that you should be doing now:

1) Sleeping on satin lined material – Cotton, as opposed to satin material, removes the moisture that we worked so hard to apply to our tresses. Demoisturised hair is not healthy hair. It will make it prone to breakage, single strand knots and even split ends! And, who wants that? Hence, the naturalista experts recommending sleeping on satin whether it be a pillowcase, sheet, scarf or even a satin cap. Satin aids in you retaining your moisture to prevent any form of harm to your hair. Also, you can even use a satin scrunchie to pull your hair up at night or when you are going out.

2) Finger detangling – Next, is the dreadful finger detangling. I’m not going to lie in the beginning finger detangling is hard. Why? Because it’s your first time doing it so you have to get used to it. Also, there may be a lot of tangles in your hair that will need some extra TLC to be removed. However, it gets better. Finger detangling aids in removing any knots or tangles your hair may have gotten into since your last wash day. But the real key here is to use a conditioner while detangling. Not only will soften your hair but it will melt the tangles away. Lastly, detangling in sections is the best way. It gives you smaller areas so that you can remove all the tangles.

3] Moisturisation using the LOC method – The LOC method is the best moisturization technique for natural hair. Not only does it provide your hair with moisture but it seals it in as well. Firstly, you spritz your hair with liquid i.e. water. You can choose to use a waterbased moisturizer or aloe vera juice. However, water is the best hydration for our tresses. Next, you seal in the hydration with a favorite oil of your choice. It can be olive, castor or even alma oil. The oil will also provide other benefits such as strength and shine to your curls. Lastly, you seal everything in with a cream. You can use any cream that you so desire such as shea or grapeseed butter. It will seal in the moisture and benefits added from the water and oil. As well as layering some of its own.

Length retention is key to having long hair. And, these techniques should be employed daily for your hair to thrive. So what length retention techniques do you use?

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  1. I did a big chop a couple months ago, and my fro has definitely grown a lot since then, but retaining that lenght has just started being a problem for me! My hair is low porosity to the LOC method makes it superrr greasy (I've just being doing LC). Sleeping with something satin is my next step, I've been putting it off for ages. Thanks for the tips!