How to Encourage Length Retention

Are you trying to grow your hair and feel like it’s going nowhere, literally? Growing African American hair is definitely a test of patience and requires a routine of healthy hair maintenance. Don’t worry if your hair is relaxed or natural, they both grow, and they both grow in the same way. Some people say that genetics play a part in how long your hair will grow but it really boils down to how well you take care of your hair in how long it will grow. We have listed some hair growth remedies that will get your hair growing in no time.

You are What you Eat

You’ve probably heard the saying that you are what you eat. This is just as true when you are growing your hair. It’s important that you eat lots of fruit and vegetables and drink lots of water to encourage hair growth. How you take care of the inside of your body is just as important as the outside. Regular exercise also promotes hair growth as it increases blood circulation which also encourages hair growth.

Shampoo and Condition

A good first step in your pursuit of long hair is to get into a good wash routine. Find a moisture rich shampoo and a leave-in conditioner. The washing stimulates the scalp and removes build-up so the scalp can breathe, promoting hair growth. Don’t be afraid of washing either. Wash it once a week to keep it really clean. Also use a deep conditioner once a month. Well conditioned hair retains more length.


We talk about moisturizing all the time in our blogs. We just can’t stress enough how important it is for black hair. Add a moisturizing product to your hair every day to keep it from getting dry. This will encourage growth and keep it from getting dry.

Protective Styling

It’s tempting to wear your longer hair in a free-flowing style but to help it grow longer it’s best to put it in a protective style. Wearing your hair loose risks it rubbing against your clothes, furniture, car seats or getting caught in jewelry. With your hair in a protective style there will be less manipulation by you and that’s the best for hair growth. Don’t forget to moisturize your hair when you have it up, it’s even more important then.

Minimize Heat Styling

Occasional use of a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron is alright as long as it’s on a low heat. Try to minimize it’s use as much as possible to for true length retention. Protective styling really helps with this as there is less maintenance and manipulation to the hair.

Your Hair Can Grow

With some patience and effort you will see some hair growth before you know it. Remember the average person sees about an inch of growth per month, so you won’t be Rapunzel over night, it takes time. With our hair growth remedies you will have healthy long hair soon enough.

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