I genuinely feel like my hair isn’t growing anymore.
My brother has locs which he started in 2019, and every time I see him in person or even on FaceTime, they look like they grow! Why is it when I look at photos of myself, my hair looks the same length all the time? It always feels the same length too. Its discouraging to see someone online do a big chop and within a few months their hair is back to their original length, and here I am with the same length year after year. Dealing with shrinkage doesn’t make this situation any better. Lets take a walk down memory lane…
I will say I’ve learned that the biggest reason I don’t see my hair changing much in length is I’m not great at length retention. I lose a lot of hair during wash day because I am admittedly rough with my hair sometimes. I don’t wash my hair as soon as it feels dry and I try to squeeze as much days a possible by without washing my hair. Dry hair is more prone to breakage. However, I do cover my head every night, deep condition every wash day, and do my best to stay on a trim schedule of every 6 months. But, I know there are other things I could do.
I should pay more attention to my thin edges, not detangle my hair when it’s super dry, not wear such tight buns, change my part so I don’t thin out one area of my head, etc. I know my hair IS growing because my scalp isn’t broken and I feel new growth all the time. My problem is I’m not doing my best to make sure that hair stays on my head and not in the brush or down the drain when I’m washing it. I really want to take my length retention seriously to see some change!
How are you at length retention? Do you feel like your hair isn’t growing?