Hi dearies,

People do not really talk about hair retention generally. Today We will be touching on hair growth (biological); hair retention (personal effort) and hair damage (external factors – that play a part in affecting your hair’s health adversely and/or leading to hair breakage if not minimised). In the post titled ‘Lesson 1: Hair Biology For Beginners’ one of the key facts noted is that you are the best hair stylist for yourself. You can go to some of the best stylists in the world but what matters most is what you are doing in between those visits (if you do go to a salon). In line with this train of thought, I will also continue to emphasise the importance of finding products that work for you, learn good hair techniques and methods to have and maintain a healthy head of hair. In my case based on the hair growth process below, I definitely take step two seriously as I have opted to have a healthy hair regimen (my personal regimen will be posted soon) which I have become more consistent with in my current hair journey (3years and 7months now). When I first started my hair journey my goal was to try and retain 3-4 inches every year, I felt if the average human grows 6 inches a year it would be realistic for me to half it and not give myself unnecessary pressure.
Hair Growth Process
It is true that all hair grows. But are you successfully retaining your new length or is it breaking off just as fast as it is growing? Remember the friend I mentioned in passing in the post ‘Lesson 1: Hair Biology For Beginners’… Well, many other sisters (and brothers, pardon me) are experiencing what can be referred to as ‘hair stagnancy’ when damage is equals to growth (typically as a result of having a basic regimen & in worse cases recessive regimen). We will discus this in more detail in the post that will discuss the categories of hair regimens out there. So, you find in this case that for instance you are gaining new growth (which is more visible when relaxed because you need to re-touch the new growth) but what is happening is that you are not retaining the length. It is breaking off as fast as it is growing and for more damaged hair even faster (recessive hair length, i.e. shorter hair resulting from damage).

Lady P’s Hair Tip – Learn to preserve your hair at the ends. Do not just focus on your scalp when you moisturise and seal with oil. It is important you pay particular attention to the length of your hair strands especially the tips. Give them the respect due for their age

I remember those days when my hair just seemed to be at shoulder length but I thank God for resources out there and knowledge at our finger tips. Lack of knowledge truly was a killer (of my hair) back then.

I have developed a diagram below showing sources of hair damage. In reverse I guess you can see it as things you should avoid or attempt to mitigate. The circles that correspond with the colour for hair damage source are just some examples within that category of damage.
SOURCES OF HAIR DAMAGEA
It might not be possible to avoid every single source of damage, for instance, UK water is hard and I have had to accept it even though I am currently looking into getting a shower filter now. Also, I use heat sometimes but I leave long intervals between my heat applications (especially using flat irons) and I also use heat protector to ensure my natural curl pattern is not affected/damaged. In terms of environmental damage such as the extreme cold we have been experiencing in the UK, I tend to favour protective styles like fixing a weave, rocking wigs and braids whilst my own natural hair is protected from the elements (I never neglect my hair in this time as it is sometimes washed but most importantly moisturised and sealed). There are a couple of things I have also learnt to avoid which I mentioned in my post ‘Let’s Talk Edges’. Another example, is my relaxed cousin who relaxes ONLY the new growth at the bottom (never touches previously relaxed part of her hair strands) and only retouches 3months-6months. I do feel the longer you stretch the amount of applications the better at reducing further damage to your strands (do not to worry sometime in future posts we will talk about relaxed hair). So, do not feel daunted just become more self-aware of potential sources of damage. Now that you are aware of possible sources of external damage, knowledge of hair emergence (biological process) and the importance of hair retention (personal effort). I will be be talking about the three main types of hair regimens most people adopt whether consciously or unconsciously in my next post. This will be followed by a post on my personal hair care regimen/routine and of course the products I use consistently. So, look out for the Hair regimen post and get your analytical caps on because you will need to assess where you are currently to know where you are headed. See you soon dearies.

Kisses,

Lady P.

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Love this, Thanks for the info Lady P!

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Glad you do, my pleasure 🙂

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Great information !!!!

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Thanks dear

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My sister is now a scientist.. na wa oooooo

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Yes o … find myself reading hair biology and the chemistry (mixing my concoctions lol). By fire by force the hair must reach it’s full potential my sister. For hair I will read it all lol

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Lovely! Thanks so much! Keep em coming! God bless ya more and more preye, for bringing knowledge to us…

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God bless you too Bisola, you’re very welcome 🙂

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Great insights, seen some of the problems with my hair retention. Time 2 work on it

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That’s great news! Operation retain that new growth Angie 🙂

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Must put more effort in my healthy hair regimen. Thank you 🙂

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Please do my sister! Greet Chidera 4me

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Can’t wait to get home and take this weave out, so i can start my path to a health hair regime 🙂

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You go girl … TLC is needed for your hair 🙂

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Hey, Preye, a very engaging blog you got here…so much for reading up on hair…. uhmmm does it mean you have never ‘relaxed’ your hair? Cos I know the the Nigerian hair (if not all African hair) is hard textured, curly and ‘stubborn’. So how do you cope with the headaches from pulling your wavy hair when brushing or even when fixing it. I can see from your photos that your hair isn’t as ‘tangly’ (from the root) as most ‘natural African hair’. Is it your hair texture? or you just use good moisturizers? or would it be your leave in conditioner? How do you keep your hair soft but wavy yet ‘un-retouched’?

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Thank you so much, I appreciate the feedback. Yes, I have never relaxed my hair (had to cut my hair in 2009 to start this healthy hair journey). Mine’s naturally tough and stubborn. I would say my deep conditioning routine, regularly moisturising (I definitely use leave ins and water sometimes rise water), protective styles, never sleeping with my hair loose (instead plait big chunky braids) and keeping my hair stretched (sometimes by blow drying – explains the stretched look at the roots) … All of this I would say add to making my hair more manageable and me achieving the look it has. You will find my hair looks different depending on the style I want to achieve and what I do to it as displayed in the post dated 28/04/2013. Even with the shrinkage and though hair has already been detangled (you still get an idea of how ‘konk’ it would look if left to do it’s own thing). Due to personal choice I tend not to comb through my hair only on wash days as my regime involves low manipulation and protective styling (refer to my deep conditioning post and I will be posting my hair regimen). Hope this helps. GOd bless.

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You certainly got pleeeenty of time mehn, kudos sha but I’d rather have my hair relaxed, I no fit for headache. Once in a while won’t hurt. welldone ko…

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Quite on the contrary got a busy schedule and work full time … In life if something’s important and you want to achieve you will make time for it. In regards to you relaxing, there is always the alternative of going on a relaxed healthy hair journey though of cos chemicals wil always have the effect of permanently changing you hair’s state but you can minimise the damage as much as possible. Ta

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So what would be your hair type? 4a, 4b or 4c?

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Hiya, I am not into the whole hair typing. My hair strands are more tight coils shape than curls. In it’s purest form with styling or products of any kind it is more 4c and some 4b and this is why I keep my hair moisturised as much as possible daily not just to assist with length retention but to assist in keeping as soft (manageable) as possible. In regards to you relaxing, you can always decide to try to go on a relaxed healthy hair journey though of cos chemicals wil always have an effect but you can minimise the damage as much as possible.

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amazing growth in just 3 years!!!!

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thank you AQ

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Please feature your knowledge on BN and BLGL
Kia. i cant shout. You need to reach more people cos your blog is helpful.

I will say no more cos am sure I sound like a broken record. But then again perhaps you plan to do that.
http://lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

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Awww really appreciate the advice. I take it BN stands for Bella Naija but not sure of the second acronym.

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