5 Tips on Getting Long Hair Longer

Saturday, January 17, 2015

frobunni long natural hair

Last night I did a length check and was happy to see that my hair was slowly, but surely getting longer. It's great to know because I was almost sure that I reached my terminal length. It's also great because the changes I made to my natural hair regimen are working. Growing my hair long was easy, but growing long hair even longer is a lot more difficult. Your ends are extremely fragile and it makes retaining length so much harder. The minor tweaks to my regimen are very small, but they have made a huge difference, so here are 5 tips for getting long hair even longer.

  • Trim Your Hair More Often: I know this sounds crazy, but I've been trimming every other month as opposed to every 3-4 months. The difference though is that I am literally only clipping the tips (less than 1/8 of an inch), so really, I am trimming the same amount. But because I am getting rid of dry, damaged ends more often, I am having less tangles and knots, thus allowing me to retain more length.
  • Moisturize Your Ends: I've been going into overdrive to moisturize my ends, and it has made a huge difference. I moisturize my hair with Giovanni Direct Leave-In, and then go over my ends a second time with Kinky Curly Knot Today. I've noticed that my ends have been smoother and retain more moisture. 
  • Use a Protein Treatment: I've mentioned this before, but start using a protein conditioner. I use Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor once a month and it has really helped to strengthen my hair and help me to retain length. 
  • Don't Use Heat on Your Ends: If I use heat, it is only from a blow dryer, and recently, I blow dry my roots and the length of my hair and leave the ends alone. To ensure the ends dry stretched, I just put some rollers on them and they dry within the hour. Because the ends are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair, letting them air dry is much better than manually drying them, which can cause damage even without high heat. 
  • Do Low Manipulation Hairstyles: I am not big into protective styling, but I love low manipulation styles. Just like the name implies, these are styles that don't require you to redo them everyday and can include out hairstyles like braid outs, twists outs, etc. I've found that by using a setting lotion, I can actually get 2 days out of hairstyle, so instead of re-doing my hair nightly, I can pineapple my hair and let my hair rest for a day.

2 comments:

  1. Very nice hair growth.....getting to this length and then retaining it is a job in itself. I cut my waist length hair to mid back length just last August to help take the chore out of it... You use a lot of the same regimens as I do with moisturizing and paying more focus to the ends of the hair. Great job... and congrats on hitting your goal! Are you done growing or will you maintain it at the current length??

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    1. Thanks Shayla. I am actually trying to grow it to hip length, but I am not sure if I will make that length. So for now, I am just maintaining it with my current techniques and hoping that length will come along with it.

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