If you missed part one, please find it here. Now, where were we? Oh yes! Long, healthy hair... my favorite topic in the whole world, clearly! Haha!
Now this here has to be my BIGGEST SECRET to length retention. Are you ready?
Keep yourself motivated and be in it for the long haul.
Yep, that's it. That's all of it. I've been able to grow long type 4 hair because I have stayed motivated in my journey. Now I can't tell you how many times I've heard ladies say that they cut off their perms, waited 6 months, saw no length and then decided to relax their tresses again. Get this: the first few months of your journey are the hardest! You're learning to take care of your hair by yourself and it can be difficult!
Here's how to stay motivated:
1. Take lots of videos and photos.
In this video off my YouTube channel, I show you how I do my yearly length checks. Taking videos of your progress is soooo helpful because when you look back at them, you can see how far you've come in your journey.
2. Track your progress.
Remember this post I shared on my healthy hair formula? Think of it this way - natural haircare is like a journey - you must have your costs in check, you must know how long it will take and you must be in it for its entirety! Measure your hair against your body. Some naturals, myself included, prefer simple estimates like neck length, bra-strap length, midback length, waist length, hip length etc. Others yet, prefer to use direct numbers eg. 7 inches, 14 inches etc. You might want to use a combination of both. For me, waist-length hair is 16-17 inches. Depending on your height, your waist-length hair might be shorter if you're shorter, and longer is you have a long torso.
This is my low pony - back and side profile.
This is my high pony - side and back profile.
Be patient with your hair and with yourself. A friend of mine said to me that she'd like to grow 20 inches in a year! Now that is ambitious! Natural hair takes tiiiimmeee...but it is well well worth it!! Your hair is growing - if you take care of it, you'll begin to see fantastic results in the first - second year of haircare. In the third year, you'll have considerable length retention and in your fourth, your mane will be plain glorious! Two-three years is not a long time at all! You'll see results before you know it!
Well, I sure do hope that you picked up a tip or two!
Take good care of yourself beautiful!!