4 Most Underestimated Length Retention Tips For Curly & Kinky Hair

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4 Most Underestimated Length Retention Tips For Curly & Kinky Hair

 

 

Let’s face it; having long hair is part of most women's hair goals. However, getting there is not that easy when your hair is naturally curly or kinky. It's a whole new different struggle.

Sometimes, you really don’t need any bizarre hair regime, miracle product or treatment to get the length you want.

We that in mind, here are 4 most underestimated, yet practical tips that would help you grow long and healthy kinky/curly hair.

Master the art of combing
Unless you are looking to snap off your hair, especially the ends, you should never comb your curly or kinky hair when it is dry or fresh out of braids/twists. Always slightly dampen the hair with water or for best result, with a product that is suitable for misting or hydrating the hair.

Recommendation: Obia Naturals Hydration Spray or Soultanicals Hair Sorrell Knappylicious Kink Drink

Remember to always comb your hair using a wide-tooth comb and make your way down from the tips to the roots.


Detangle on washday
When your hair is at TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) stage, you can afford to skip detangling. However, after 4 inches and beyond, the hair starts to become more prone to tangling and knotting, particularly so while shampooing. It is important to detangle your hair prior to cleansing to avoid tug-of-warring with knots/tangles, which would most likely result in you snipping or ripping your strands out of frustration. Use a detangling product that has a lot of slip to make the process hassle-free.

Recommendation: Soultanicals Knot Sauce Coil Detangler or Mango Dip Detangling Slip


Let go of split ends
Refusing to cut split ends because you want to retain length is actually counter-productive. Split ends are one of the main causes of stunted hair growth. Holding onto them for long period of time would eventually lead to your strands splitting right down to the roots and breaking off completely. You then create another problem as the hair density lowers. Therefore, you must trim split ends to not only retain a healthy length, but to also maintain hair density.


Be mindful of heat styling
It is no secret that the more you subject your hair to heat styling, the less likely it would grow long and healthy. Keep heat styling to a minimum and always use a heat protectant. Never reheat hair that has gone through some sort of heat styling days before. For example, if you flat iron your hair on Sunday, do not re-flat iron on Wednesday. If you are tempted to do so because you are losing the style, try an alternative option like putting the hair in a bun or ponytail.

There you have it!

 

Photo credit: Craving Yellow


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