Length Retention

3 Oil Mixes that Boost Natural Hair Length Retention

by Cassandre of cassandrebeccai.com I’ve got a thing for quality oil mixes since learning that a myriad of hair issues can be mended with just the right oily potion. It takes a little experimenting to come up with your own ride or die, holy grail mix, but once you do, the difference it makes could mean... Continue Reading

4 Tips to Maximize Your Length Retention this Summer

Not too long ago, I wrote a post on how to reduce breakage and retain length this summer from the standpoint of protecting one’s hair from the sun, chlorine, etc. Well, now I want to talk more about maximizing your length retention and from the standpoint of manipulation and moisture this season. If you are... Continue Reading

5 Indian Traditional Secrets for Longer Hair

We previously covered the bases of traditional long hair practices and products from various countries in Africa as well as from the Caribbean specifically Haiti and Jamaica. This time we turn to India where many traditional practices are taking firm roots in today’s natural hair practices as more people move away from commercial products to... Continue Reading

Manetabolism Hair Vitamin Review: Decreased My Shedding, but Messed up My Skin!

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl (pictured above) Hey everyone! I hope your summer is going well and you’re staying cool in the heat. Personally, Izzy (my hair) is loving the warmer weather and the humidity, even if it’s making her huge. And this year, I decided to have a little fun with my hair... Continue Reading

3 Hairstyles That Can Keep You From Reaching Your Goal Length

by Cassandre of CassandreBeccai.com Eight years. That’s exactly how long it took me to get to my current lower back length, but when ladies ask me how long it took I hesitate to say 8 years because that’s not inspiring at all. It just makes long length seem impossible to get to.  I mean, 8 years... Continue Reading

3 Key Things I Learned About Hair Maintenance Once I Hit My Waist Length Goal

I believe the biggest hurdles to overcome when attempting to grow and retain longer hair are: 1) believing that you can grow and retain your desired length of hair and 2) finding a regimen that aids in hair retention. Once you’ve achieved these goals, you’re pretty much on cruise control, until you reach your goal... Continue Reading

Why I Don’t Believe in Using Hair Vitamins for Growth

by Tori (pictured above) When you go to a pharmacy or supplement shop, you can find a supplement for pretty much anything. And, if you ask someone who is on his or her hair journey what their goals are, it would probably be to have healthier and/or longer hair. With the increasing desire for longer... Continue Reading

5 Easy Fixes for Dry, Frizzy Ends

  Are you plagued by dry, frizzy ends? I am. There are any number of causes for fuzzy, dry, frizzy ends — from split ends and single strand knots to damaged cuticles. Rough handling of hair, inadequate moisturizing, color damage and normal wearing of the cuticle can cause rough ends that make detangling seem like... Continue Reading

The Length Retention Checklist: 20 Questions to Ask Yourself When Your Hair Progress Stalls

by Robin (pictured above) I believe that most women with natural hair have the ability to grow their hair to long lengths.  I grew my natural hair from shoulder length to waist length in three years. I’ve never had hair this long in the past. I don’t come from a family of women with long hair and I didn’t... Continue Reading

How I Achieved Long, Healthy 4B/4C Hair Without Using Hair Vitamins

by Tori (pictured above) After posting length check or ‘before and after’ pictures on Instagram, I often get asked if I take hair vitamins, and the answer is no. I also often get asked, “how did you grow your hair so long?” or “what can I use to make my hair grow?” I never have... Continue Reading

7 Tips for Retaining Length on 4C Natural Hair Without Protective Styling

Many 4B/4C naturals protective style majority of the time (sometimes 90% of the time or more) in order to retain length. It makes perfect sense. 4B/4C naturals, by definition, have strands that shrink up 75-85% (or more) into super tiny coils and kinks that go every which way. This “super shrinkage” can lead to knots... Continue Reading

4 Tips to Reduce Breakage and Retain Length this Summer

Style Icon KaraYou spent all winter (as well as the cold spring) protective styling, and now all you want to do is let your hair loose for the summer. Continuing on with the discussion of summer hair care, let’s discuss some things to consider if you want to enjoy your hair — especially “out and... Continue Reading

4 Lifestyle Habits That Can Slow Your Hair Growth

In a world that is becoming more fast-paced and more food-aware than ever before, lifestyle habits are developing that are causing many to put certain necessities on the back burner. These necessities are key to our bodies functioning properly, and when we let go of them, the effects usually appear in our hair (and skin)... Continue Reading

3 Hair Myths that Can Hurt Your Hair Progress

When I was a girl and my mother combed my hair, every once in a while she would accidentally drop the comb. Immediately, she would step on the comb, pick it up, remove my strands from it and wash it before resuming styling my hair. Those of you who find that particular series of events... Continue Reading

Stuck at APL? 6 Tips to Get You to Mid-back Length (MBL)

By Chinwe of Hair and Health So you’ve made it to armpit-length (APL) or maybe even BSL, but your journey to mid-back length (MBL) is arduous and never-ending.  You’ve tried conditioning more, changing your products but even that doesn’t seem to help.  Well, sit tight and put your reading glasses on for these six tips... Continue Reading

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