5 HAIR GROWTH & RETENTION SECRETS OF WOMEN WITH WAIST LENGTH HAIR

A few weeks after cutting my hair to the lowest length I have ever had, my excitement at my boldness and new hair cut was suddenly drowned, by the realisation that my hair would not be long enough to wear in its natural state on my wedding day next year!

Now I love a well done weave, and could of course get a sew-in using hair similar to the texture of my natural hair, but how boring would that be? A hair growth challenge sounds a lot more exciting and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing for the new year, challenging myself to some serious hair growth [post on its way!].

In the meantime, whilst I make the final edits to my ‘2018 speedy hair growth’ post, I thought I’d share my recent hair inspiration and stalking antics. I’ve been following this group of ladies for some time now and it’s fair to say they are bosses when it comes to hair growth and retention! So get your pen and paper at the ready, what are these ladies doing that you could take into the new year?

5 HAIR GROWTH & RETENTION SECRETS OF WOMEN WITH WAIST LENGTH HAIR

I love finding long haired ladies who are open about sharing their tips and tricks for hair growth and retention, Ms Robin is one of them. Two weeks ago she told her insta followers what she felt had contributed to her hair length and retention. Did I mention she went from shoulder length to waist length in just three years and is an avid exerciser?!

 “ I started a healthy natural hair journey /waist length hair challenge in January 2010. I was shoulder length at that time. I am 5 foot 9. I achieved waist length December 2012 (so it took 3 years). My new goal is hip length. Cut back on the direct heat – you can not flat-iron and blow dry your hair frequently and expect to retain length. Your hair is gonna grow and break right off. Be gentle – you can not man handle your hair all the time and expect it to last on your head for years. Also, be careful of anything that puts strain on your hair (ex: super tight braids and weaves). One of my favourite tips is leave your hair alone. I noticed early on in my hair journey that excessive combing, brushing and manipulation of the hair in general did not contribute to retention. In fact it does the opposite “

5 HAIR GROWTH & RETENTION SECRETS OF WOMEN WITH WAIST LENGTH HAIR

“I haven’t combed my natural hair in 2 years but it’s longer than hip length“ 

As crazy as it may sound several long hair ladies [1], [2] swear by the results of finger detangling. I myself have seen my hair thrive over the past few months from only using my detangling tool once a week. I’m still on the fence about completely getting rid of it but I’m not far off, who knows perhaps I’ll give it a try in the new year. Detangling tools, as great as they are, can also wreak a lot of havoc on our strands if used too often. It’s definitely worth trying your hand at finger detangling as often as you possibly can. 

5 HAIR GROWTH & RETENTION SECRETS OF WOMEN WITH WAIST LENGTH HAIR

Besides the occasional biotin supplement in the past, I was never brave enough to fully commit myself to hair supplements but Courtney may have just changed my mind! I don’t know about you but it’s not just the length that has me drooling but how healthy her hair looks, all of which she says is thanks to her own developed brand of Manetabolism Vitamins. I had a good gander on her site to find out how the supplements differ to that of brands such as Hairfinity. Here is what she had to say:

” Manetabolism was created and formulated by a physician and nurse team. To understand vitamin deficiency and its relationship to slow hair growth, one must understand the anatomy and physiology of the body. Manetabolism is a comprehensive dietary supplement designed to provide your body with the proper vitamin nourishment to maximize hair growth, thickness and health; while simultaneously boosting your energy level and strengthening your immune system. Every ingredient was selectively chosen not only by its beneficial relationship to what it has to offer the hair, but the body as a whole. Here at The Mane Choice we dig much deeper than hair. We understand that a healthier inside WILL show from the outside! ”

5 HAIR GROWTH & RETENTION SECRETS OF WOMEN WITH WAIST LENGTH HAIR

I came to learn about this holistic beauty after stumbling across her DIY Onion Juice Hair Growth Recipe. Of course I was immediately sold as to this being one of the reasons behind all of her gorgeous hair. I’ve been meaning to whip up a scalp treat containing onions, garlic and horsetail so that my hair can indulge in the cocktail of sulphur and silica. I’ve got a few weeks to figure out a low stink recipe… Wish me luck!

5 HAIR GROWTH & RETENTION SECRETS OF WOMEN WITH WAIST LENGTH HAIR

For those of you who have been here with me on this journey for some time you’ll definitely know this amazing lady already. Jen of Just Grow Already is an absolute all rounder and her hair journey speaks for itself. It’s hard for me to pinpoint one hair secret or tip because there are so many! It’s her regimen on the whole that owes to her long and luscious locks, from her famous tea rinses to low heat regimen and commitment to protective styling, she really is the perfect one stop shop for everything you need to baby your hair to greatness. Definitely check out her blog!

So that’s it from me till my next post, I think aiming for waist length by August 2018 will be too far a stretch but I’m definitely banking on some of these tips to get myself to bra strap length at least!



READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

If you hadn’t already heard, the 2016 LYT protective style hair growth challenge officially kicks off tomorrow!
I took some time out this week to stock up on some of the challenge supplies that I had run out of, or simply needed to buy in time for Mondays start. I thought it would be good to show you exactly which tools/products I plan on using over the next 6 months, and so with that said I present to you my 6 month protective style challenge battle kit!

Rule 1 – Take a before photo
I will be posting my length check photo tomorrow on Instagram, be sure to check it out and tag your starter photos with the #lyt6mpschallenge hashtag

Rule 2 – Be nutrition focused (up your fruit & veg intake)
As well as eating more fruits and vegetables in general and alongside my meals, I have my trusty and amazing Nutribullet on deck for daily smoothies as well as a stash of silica rich Bamboo Tea which I also plan on drinking every day.

READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

Rule 3 – Take Vitamins/Supplements (optional)
As per a comment from a lovely Youtube subscriber I have switched out my vitamin D3 supplements [which were shown in the challenge video], with a bottle of Pure Cod Liver Oil. The reader advised that this would be a better form of vitamin D and I couldn’t agree any more. Cod liver oil is one of the richest sources of vitamin A & D and I’m always happy to try more natural forms of anything that is to be taken orally.

READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

Rule 4 – Increase your H2O drinking game
As mentioned in the challenge video I have my Waterlogged app on deck and also ordered this super cute water bottle which should hopefully arrive in time for the challenge start.

Rule 5 – Chose a long or short-term protective style
Wigs, wigs and more wigs!

Rule 6 – Wash and deep condition your hair at best 2x a month and at the very least once a month
All stocked up on my current favourite shampoo and deep conditioner.


Rule 7 – Moisturise your strands
I have a tonne of moisturisers I will be alternating over the next 6 months, but the ever so light Mango Lassi Conditioning Hair Milk by Sheadecadence always wins first place, because of just how delicious it smells and how soft it leaves my hair when paired with a good baggying session.

READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

Rule 8 – No heat tools + reduced use of tools in general + finger detangling
As it stands I have not used tools on my natural hair for quite some time, so fingers crossed this part will be easy!

Rule 9 – Baggy & add Peppermint essential oil to your scalp lotion/oil (optional)
I have added Peppermint Oil to my scalp oil, edge control [yes you read right, anything that has access to my scalp has been given the Peppermint oil blessing!], and also to my shampoo for the menthol boost which will encourage stimulation and thus encourage growth.

READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

Rule 10 – Be patient & take photos!
Six months will fly by so I have set a monthly reminder in my calendar to journal my thoughts on the challenge and any observations as the months go on. of course I’ll be sure to fill you in each step of the way!

If you’re yet to join the challenge or are hearing about the challenge for the first time, no worries, you’re not too late! As long as you do your best to follow the challenge rules you can join in at any time! Check out this post for full details.

8 REASONS WHY YOUR HAIR IS ALWAYS DRY

Time after time I get questions about hair dryness and readers sharing techniques they have tried in order to up moisture retention and prevent dry and brittle hair. Truth is, there are so many dry hair culprits, some we can’t always avoid e.g. weather, genetics etc, but have you ever considered the fact that dryness can also be self-inflicted? Here’s my two pence on eight reasons as to why your hair always seem to be dry…

1 – USING OILS/BUTTERS AS MOISTURISERS

Whilst oils & butters are indeed moisturising, their main function is to act as an emollient or occlusive. Emollients are known to help soften the hair/skin and encourage slip, whilst occlusives help to prevent moisture loss by creating a thin film over the skin/hair to help create a barrier against water loss. What oil and butters cannot do however is hydrate, and this is what dry hair needs, hydration. Products such as leave-in conditioners, milks and moisturisers, which state water as their primary ingredient, are better suited to help relieve dryness by feeding the hair with the number one source of moisture… Water!

2 – SKIPPING ON YOUR DEEP CONDITIONING

I know how easy it is to skip a deep conditioning session, lets face it washday can be a drag! But this step truly is important and should be done at the very least once a month. Deep conditioners work their magic by either adsorbing* or penetrating the strands of our hair, with nutrients that will keep our hair moisturised and in great shape in between wash days. There are a whole load of moisturising deep conditioners that will set your hair up for a good week or two, and some only need a few minutes to work their magic [upcoming post on this soon!].

*Adsorption – (often confused with absorption/penetration) is the process of molecules accumulating on the surface of your hair to soften, moisturise and condition hair strands)

3 – MOISTURISE BUT NO ‘SEAL’?

Especially here in the UK, where it’s pretty much winter all year round, indoor heating is almost always crunked up. This means any moisture applied to your hair will quickly evaporate if not locked in by some type of sealant, i.e an oil or butter. If after sealing you still find your hair to be on the dry side, you can use a super light leave-in spray to refresh your hair mid day. I also have a post on the LOC method; maximum moisture retention method – which has worked a treat in keeping my hair moisturised for longer periods of time.

8 REASONS WHY YOUR HAIR IS ALWAYS DRY

4 – WATER INTAKE, DIET & NUTRITION

I’m sure you’ve heard this before but in all of its ‘clichéness’, it’s 100% true. Low water intake can affect your hair. The more hydrated you are internally, the more hydrated your external features will be. Before I learned to psych myself up about drinking 1l – 2l of water a day, I had to jump on a few phone apps to keep me on top of things i.e. [waterlogged & daily water free]. Now it’s second nature [*sips on some H2O!]

5 – PRODUCT BUILD UP

Probably the biggest culprit of all, our dear friend build up. Product buildup can occur right from the minute we have washed our hair and begin to apply a leave-in, moisturiser, oil etc.  Now I’m not suggesting that you don’t layer on your products via methods such as the LOC/LCO method to encourage effective moisture retention, but be careful not to over do it. Oils and butters in particular do a great job of sealing in our moisture, but can also make it just as difficult for moisturisers to be re-absorbed.

6 – INVESTING IN QUALITY PRODUCTS

It’s super important to invest in products that actually do what they say they do, and do it pretty darn well! If a half decent moisturiser is used then your hair will do a half decent job at retaining moisture. It’s also worth looking into techniques such as the LOC method and baggying which help to keep your hair moisturised for longer. 

7 – WHAT ABOUT YOUR ENDS?

With so much focus in the hairsphere on hair growth it can be quite easy to focus on your scalp and neglect your ends. The ends of our hair are the oldest and the most prone to dryness. If it helps, try to moisture your hair from the bottom up to ensure your ends are getting enough TLC.

8 – DOUBLING UP , STYLERS AS MOISTURISERS

The primary purpose of a styling product is not to moisturise your hair but to prepare it for a style which either defines your hair or provides some sort of hold. This type of product may contain less moisturising ingredients and whilst it may make your hair look and feel great, it may also be one of the reasons why your hair is not as moisturised as it should be. Why not moisturise your hair before applying your styling product, it could just be the moisture fix you need