So in line with the previous post in this 2 part series on stunted hair growth, today’s topic is centred around the various general reasons for stunted hair growth / breakage. I will deal with three possible reasons in today’s post (in no categorical order):
1. Excessive or inappropriate manipulation
Okay, so firstly, it is extremely important both for the benefit of your hair and your very own self, that you DO NOT manipulate your hair i.e. combing / brushing, plaiting, twisting, weaves etc. excessively – only do so when NECESSARY. The right styling technique is crucial to your hair’s health (I’ll post on this later). Many naturals actually choose to finger comb instead of using a brush or comb; for those of us that have not elevated to those levels yet, LOL, getting the right technique is pivotal. Make sure your hair is moisturised (not necessarily drenched) with water when manipulating it otherwise you will experience incredible pain and your hair will be very angry with you!
Additionally, if you weave or braid your hair etc. make sure it is not done tightly, don’t leave it in too long, and give your hair a break! Make sure you’re leaving your hair out and e.g. doing protective styles with your own hair for sufficient periods of time.
2. Poor hair maintenance
Secondly, it is important you establish a hair regime that works for YOU and not anyone else. Our hair is very prone to dryness, especially those of us with kinkier/coilier textures, so your regime must be jam packed with moisture moisture moisture. I will cover the basics of a good regime in a separate post, but for now ensure you deep condition your hair and moisturise with water, leave in conditioners, moisturisers etc. as well as sealing with an oil of choice. It might be good for you to avoid shampooing weekly and maybe do so biweekly instead / monthly, depending on how prone to dryness your hair is and you can invest in sulfate free shampoos which strip your hair of all its natural oils; in between that time, cowash instead. Find what works for you; don’t just take on a regime because a random Mary Kate (this will be my female Joe Bloggs lol) or even your hairspiration does so. Of course, you can try things out as suggestions, but what works for them may not work for you – so be persistent!
3. Not listening to your hair!
This really ties in with what has previously been said. In my previous post, I mentioned how I had stopped listening to my hair and of course, it had disastrous effects on my hair’s health. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Learn what your hair likes and dislikes and run far away from the latter. If your hair is dry, moisturise; don’t delay moisturising because it doesn’t fit with your regime e.g. you cowash weekly but my the middle of the week your hair is very dry, don’t wait until the end of the week, get some conditioner on those locks immediately! If you notice split ends, chop those bad boys off immediately. Take care of your hair and your hair will definitely take care of you!
Overall, if you listento your hair and take the necessary action, your hair will be happier and so will you; as they say
‘Look Good, Feel Good’.
There’s loads of material flying all over the web with more tips and suggestions etc. Here are some posts you can check out to find out more or a different perspective:
What are your experiences or thoughts concerning this topic? Do share – leave a comment below
That’s it for today chicas