“Natural hair doesn’t grow” this is what people say but is it true? All hair grows but some hair grows longer than others. If you are curious to know how to grow long and healthy natural hair, then I suggest you continue reading on…
On How to Grow Long Natural Hair Part 1, I wrote about the importance of water, diet, protective hairstyles, moisturizing and a consistent wash day routine to see effective length retention. On this blog, I will be continuing to give you some helpful advice.
What happens when you start living a healthy lifestyle by exercising then abruptly discontinuing this routine? You gain the weight back, right? Well, the same goes for your natural hair journey. You need to stay consistent with it. Consistency is key in this hair game because there are so many factors that play a role in making sure that your hair will grow long and healthy.
Most of us become super impatient when it comes to our hair growth. Just because we don’t see the growth with our naked eye does not necessarily mean that the growth isn’t happening. You need to adopt and apply the famous phrase, “patience is a virtue”. To observe your hair growth, I suggest you begin to occasionally measure your hair. How you ask? You may do this when it is in its shrunken state or stretched. Simply hold down a small portion of hair down the middle of you face, your ears and shoulders.
This is a hair growth factor that is often overlooked by people who want to grow long hair. You can follow the best hair regimen out there but ultimately, our genes will of course play a significant role in making sure that we achieve our desired lengths. Like many other people, I have fallen victim to looking at well-known influencers with long natural hair and wishing that my hair would grow as long or as thick as theirs. In certain situations, you find women who have a great hair regimen but whose hair just won’t grow as long as they hoped it would because at the end of the day, our genes will be the final true measurement of hair growth because such factors are normally hereditary.
Trim/ Cut Ends
You find many people who do not like trimming/cutting their ends because it will take them a step back from trying to achieve some length. However, this is actually working against them because if anything, dead ends will make it even harder for you to grow your hair because the longer you leave the ends, the more damage they will cause. Dead ends slowly work their way up to our healthy strands, wreaking havoc and ultimately causing us to cut a much larger chunk of our hair. This being something that could’ve been easily avoided had we decided to trim/cut our ends sooner.
How often should you trim cut your ends? This depends on a number of factors. 6 months is normally how long people go without trimming or cutting their ends. I say you know it’s time for you to trim/cut those ends when…
- Firstly, you struggle to run your comb through your ends when detangling.
- Secondly, you’ve moisturised your ends but they still feel dry afterwards.
- Thirdly, your ends are uneven.
- Fourthly, you do a cute protective hairstyle but that hairstyle does not achieve a definition that you were expecting to see.
Our 4C type hair is prone to tangles and knots. To remove these, we generally detangle our hair because not only will it make our hair more manageable but, it will also save us unwanted hair loss. Hair loss is also caused by us not properly combing or brushing out our hair. As a result, it is very important to bear in mind that your ends are the oldest hair on your head which means that they are more sensitive and prone to breakage.
So what does a thorough detangling consist of?
• You have to make sure that you always work on damp hair or apply some conditioners or moisturisers. Why? Because this will loosen all the tangles to facilitate in an easier detangle.
• Always start by finger detangling. Our fingers are our most trusted combs because they can feel what combs can’t.
• Use a wide tooth comb as this will help loosen the tangles without being too harsh on your hair.
• Begin to detangle from your ends. Like I said before, this is your oldest hair so you have to treat it like you would with anything old, by handling with care. So start detangling from your ends then to your roots.
• Don’t force the comb through difficult tangles. I know I’m guilty of doing this on numerous occasions. It takes a long time to detangle and it can become tedious but trust me, if you want some length retention, don’t force combs through difficult hair.
That concludes my tips on How to Grow Long 4c Natural Hair. I hope you will take this advice and use it as best as you can.
Until then, stay naturally you.