While this is a blog about promoting natural hair I wanted to speak on things that are not natural. If you read in the bio (Erin’s Story) I will be coming up on 9 yrs of being natural in August! Go me! Lol
In my almost 9 year journey I’ve learned that you can’t go off of what everyone else does or says. Yes, I take and give lots of advice but I always like to experiment for myself. What may work for your hair may not work for mine but I’ll try it. Just because we have different hair textures doesn’t mean your techniques won’t work with my hair but I’ll try it.
I’ve done just about anything you can name with my hair except a sew-in ( I will be trying it sooner or later though). I’ve had my share of heat damage, breakage, split ends. But being natural is all about trial and error with your hair being the consequence.
I’m saying all this to say that there is nothing wrong with wearing weave, wigs, braids or even straightening your hair. As long as you are aware of the consequences and are prepared to deal with it. Being natural has advanced so much from when some of us started so there should be no worries!
There are so many different techniques of how naturals retain length. Hair grows about a 1/2 inch every month. Of course this statistic varies from person to person. Everyone doesn’t do the same thing when it comes to retaining length for there hair, but consistency is key with anything to get results. I’m going to touch base with a few length retention techniques that I do.
Moisture: for those that are new to being natural water is your main moisture! Drink it, use it on your hair, make sure it’s in your products. You also have to seal in your moisture because water evaporates. I seal in my moisture using a leave in conditioner and an oil. There is no specific product brand that has to be used. Use whatever works for YOUR hair even if it’s not a leave in or an oil if it helps retain moisture use it!
Eat Healthy: I try my best to incorporate healthy eating in my everyday meals, but unhealthy meals are so tempting and good! I have cut back on my cookie intake ( cookie connoisseur here). Eating healthy is not only vital for your body but for your hair as well. Think of it as taking care of a plant, you water and take care of it and it grows. I’m a big vegetable lover my favorite are cucumbers!
Low manipulation/ protective styles: I’ve really been into low maintenance styles these past two weeks. Doing my hair on a daily basis takes up a lot of time that I don’t always have and protective styling has become convenient for me. Specifically doing styles that hide my ends. Low manipulation styles and protective styles are known to promote hair growth and help retain length.
End trimming: The ends of your hair are the oldest and need the most care. Keeping up with your ends and making sure they are healthy is key! Having split ends are not cool and your hair will just become damaged. I am not one of those people who like to cut their own ends this is one of the only times I go to a hair salon. But by all means if you don’t mind snipping your own hair go for it!
Finger Detangling: I use to never do this much because it takes a long time (dry detangling does) but it definitely stretches out my shrinkage and your fingers unlike a comb can feel when how the hair is being pulled and snagged at. Less breakage as well.
Hair stretching: there are different methods of hair stretching. I like to band my hair for air drying. Shrinkage is annoying and I can’t stand it! I accept it but I don’t like it! Since I’ve started banding my hair to dry it my hair does not shrink as much and it make it easier to manage once I take the hair bands out.
These are the length retention methods that I do! I would love to hear what everyone else does even if it’s one of the ones that I do!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies from our Natural mom’s! Enjoy and have a blessed day!
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I have been completely natural for about 2 years now. I went natural because I was intrigued by the beauty of natural hair. My processed hair wasn’t damaged; I just wanted that natural radiance that natural hair seems to cause. The day I stopped putting scissors and texturizers in my hair, was the day I gained freedom. I was no longer pressured to spend money to achieve unnatural looks. My daily hair regimen is only leave-in conditioner; my natural hair is very low maintenance. I love the fact that I can wash my hair everyday if I want, I do not have to rely on hair extensions to achieve the looks I want, and my hair grows very fast in its natural state. My only dislike is that my hair is sometimes difficult to comb, but that’s what the jumbo comb was designed for.
If this isn’t the best feeling ever! Especially when someone does it for you! Yasssssssss! So I decided to give my protective style a break and give myself a scalp massage. What is the benefit of a scalp massage?!?! Well, it helps to promote hair growth by stimulating the blood flow to your hair follicles, lessens dandruff, strengthens hair,offset grey hair, and it’s a good stress reliever.
How do you scalp massage? There is no correct method to massaging your scalp. Get an oil of your choice apply it to your scalp and go to work. Make sure you’re not using your nails. Massage with your finger tips. Doing this distributes the oil all over the hair.