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


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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 have long hair as a child.
There are many different factors that can impact hair growth and retention. Throughout my hair journey, I’ve learned quite a bit through both research and trial and error. This list of questions below is a great tool to help you assess your regime to  achieve your natural hair length goals.

1.  Do you eat a well-balanced healthy diet?

When it comes to healthy hair and hair growth, what you put in your body is just as important as important as what you put on your hair. The cells in your body need a balance of protein, carbohydrates, produce, vitamins and minerals in order to function at their best and promote optimal hair health & growth.

2.  Do you take a multi vitamin?

Hair grows from within. Your hair needs a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals to grow. You may not be getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from food. Taking a daily multi-vitamin is a great way to ensure that you’re getting all of your daily vitamin and mineral requirements. *Note: Taking a multi-vitamin, which promotes all over body health, is different than taking hair vitamins, which are targeted to hair growth and have very mixed results.

3. What type of comb do you use on your hair?

A wide tooth comb works best for hair retention as it provides the least amount of tension on your hair.

4. Are you gentle when combing and brushing your hair?

Handling your hair roughly contributes to damaged hair. Don’t comb your hair when you’re angry or irritated. You can’t expect your hair to last for years on your head if you’re man-handling your hair every time you comb it. Always take your time and be gentle with your hair.

5. How do you comb your hair?

When you comb your hair, you should start by combing the bottom section first and slowly work your way up. Never start near the scalp.

6. Do you keep your ends moisturized?

If your ends are dry, they’re more likely to split and break. Taking care of your ends is one of the many essential steps in hair retention.

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