So, last week I cut my hair (more on that Thursday). Now my hair is back at 12 inches, which has lit a fire under me. I plan to now focus all my hair care energy on retaining length.
I no longer need to hunt for products because I really have found a list of staples that very well work for my hair. Plus, I want to use up some of my stash cause its getting crazy again. Accordingly, I plan to also make it my mission for part 1 of this challenge to “Use Up The Stash.”
The Length Retention Plan
For the first four months I will focus on retaining closer to 1 inch each month. I also plan to settle the debate about whether protective styling is better for retaining length. In August and October I will wear my hair out, and for September and November I will keep my hair in a protective style (no added hair).
I plan to moisturize my hair and to religiously take vitamins every single day. For part 1 of the length retention challenge, I plan to focus on making sure all products I use contain Aloe Vera. Also, for the first month I plan to use a silicone serum regularly.
Lastly, I will get my hair straightened and trimmed every four months by a trusted stylist. This is a huge change for me, but necessary. The goal is to keep my ends juicy and healthy and to cut down on friction from manipulation.
The short list:
- August and October, wear my hair loose and free
- September and November, month long protective style
- December 1, straighten and trim
- Moisturize daily
- Use products with Aloe Vera in the ingredient list or use straight Aloe Vera
- Take Vitamins Daily
- August – use a silicone based serum to seal
- Monthly length checks
I have kinky type 4 hair (mostly 4b/c with a little a thrown in. I have fine strands with medium density, and I usually retain a 1/2 inch each month. My hair is currently 12 inches with freshly trimmed ends. All my curls are intact with no damaged straight pieces. I no longer get lots of single strand knots (more on that to come), I do not have trouble detangling, and my hair is prone to dryness.