It's been a year and a month since i decided to spontaneously cut off all my flame coloured hair in favour of a Solange-esque shave, and i've finally decided to update you all on my current length, products etc etc. This will be a fairly long and detailed post, so you may want to grab a cup of tea and a biscuit or two.
As of now, after a 1.5 inch trim, I am at arm pit length, which after just a year of growth is quite wonderful and the reason I've retained so much length is due to protective styling. My hair is generally in a bun, in braids, under wigs or in twists 95% of the time, due to styling time constraints and laziness on my part. Less manipulation = Less breakage, therefore more length retained. Hair maths eh?
My hair is a 4a texture (You can find out more about hair typing and how it can help you understand your hair here) and is prone to dryness, tangling and breakage, so to keep it at it's best i use products that target moisture problems such as Wave Nouveau which contains glycerin, a product that draws moisture from the air and into the hair strands. For my trusty sleek everyday buns, i use Eco Styler Gel to smooth down my strands and get my baby hairs poppin' a la 90's J-Lo.
My go to product for shine is Carol's Daughters "Mimosa Hair Honey" which is, as the name suggests a honey coloured soft citrus smelling pomade that leaves my hair shiny and soft without being too heavy or greasy.
In terms of washing, i tend to use any shampoo lying around as i have yet to find one that doesn't strip my hair. Because of how dry my hair feels after cleansing, i generally deep condition for 30 minutes to 1 hour using Tresseme's Luxurious Moisture Conditioner, which does it's job and so much more. I love the product so much i sometimes use it as a leave in conditioner too!
Lastly, to finish I use Yuko's Anti Frizz conditioner and DGJ's Berutti oil (which is more of a serum if i'm honest) to help loosen the curls and kinks as i blow dry my hair and allow my hair cuticles to lay flat.
Top Tips For Length Retention
- Drink water, and lots of it.
- Protective style. Less manipulation = Less breakage therefore more length.
- Moisturize and seal in the moisture with a light oil or butter such as Shea Butter or Coconut oil.
- Co-Wash frequently, particularly if you have dry hair.
- Study your hair, understand what it needs to thrive.
I hope you've found this little post somewhat helpful, I've been getting a lot of questions in regards to my hair and i hope i've cleared some of that up! If you have any more questions tweet me @inmysundaybest or e-mail me.