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5 Tips to Help You Achieve Longer Natural Hair

Avatar • Dec 26, 2011

*This article was originally published on September 17, 2011. It was re-posted as part of our ‘Best of 2011’ Series.


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By Cipriana of UrbanBushBabes.com

After going natural, some women choose to focus on attaining length. But for many it can be a frustrating process. Here are 5 tips that will help you achieve length will staying motivated and encouraged.

Diligence

Diligence is a must for achieving length. Make sure your hair is properly and constantly moisturized and well-maintained. It can be tempting to slack off but remember that every time you are lazy with your hair you risk drying it out and compromising its health — which can lead to breakage.

Patience

Learning this can not only save your strands when detangling but will also make you much happier in the process of attaining length. A patient natural will be less likely to take out frustration or anger on their hair.

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Shelli
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I agree with all of these and would add protecting your hair. This doesn’t necessarily mean protective styles, although it can (and I love simple, quick low manipulation ones). But I’m thinking of things like, limiting “hands in hair” syndrome, wear a satin bonnet/scarf or use a satin pillowcase at night (I do both), detangle gently (I prefer finger detangling), keep your hair off of your cotton or wool clothing, etc., if you wear your hair down, be careful with purses and coats, DOORS etc. (lol) to avoid snagging hair (I’ve done that a few times *wince*), ensure the edges… Read more »

Cipriana
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Beautiful hair and yes I have wrote a post about something similar which I talked about the dangers of chipped nail polish when you are caring for your hair. Yes chipped nails is a no no. Good point 🙂

Shelli
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Awww thanks Cipriana!

Elle
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Yeees chips nails are the devil! I am constantly filing my nails and repainting them so the polish/snag doesn’t catch on my hair. It’s a task!

tk
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tk

WIG

Tiffany
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Tiffany

Great post, great tips, great hair.

Peace, Love and Chocolate,
Tiffany

Cipriana
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Hello Tiffany and Thank you :DDD

Peace, Love and Chocolate (this is so cute!!!)

Kristi
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Kristi

Very good tips and post. When I wear my hair down I usually pick a top that is a silk or satin like material. @Shelli I notice that you are wearing those type of materials in the two pics. (May be just coincidental.)

Shelli
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Hi Kristi, no, not coincidental:)! LOL! I find that it’s easier to wear my hair down during the Summer as a lot of my tops/dresses are silkier/smoother:). However, I will say, it’s only in the last year that I’ve been in a protective styling mode and been cognizant of this type of thing.

Carla
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Carla

Also, make sure your health and diet is in order. A chronic illness can affect your growth and retention. For example PCOS can make your shed like crazy, a slow thyroid can slow down growth and cause hair to shed, certain medications and so on. B12 , iodine, and/or Vitamin D deficiency can cause hair loss. When in doubt see a doctor or naturopath to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients and don’t have critical deficiencies which a lot of Americans do have. Don’t forget you can experience post-partum shedding after pregnancy too…

Gabs
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Gabs

I am experiencing PPS which actually made me finally do the BC. I dont hear alot about how to recover from tht type of hair loss.

Rachel
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Rachel

Awesome tips! I can’t say I’m a fan of the list format, though–can we have all of the tips on one page, instead of having to click each topic individually?

LocalCeleb
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Great tips! I’m transitioning my hair as we speak, so far I have mixed feelings, I will be strong and see it through/
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Doreen Patterson
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Doreen Patterson

Many black women are anaemic(and don’t even know it) due to menstrual problems and fibroids etc. Being anaemic ‚being dehydrated thyroid problems and pregnancy etc can also be responsible for having very dry hair.When I lost my hair,I found taking an iron supplement,I use Spatone, here in the UK ‚a natural liquid form of iron, which means you don’t get constipated and also making sure I also get lots of fish oils and evening primose oils along with massaging my scalp really helped.With very dry hair you need a two pronged attack, from the inside as well as the outside.

adobuere
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These are great tips! I’m trying to grow my hair longer for once! Let’s see how it goes…
thanks ladies!

-Adobuere
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great tips.… very nice post.…thank you

Joy
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Joy

When I first started my natural hair care journey, I tried very many different products and listened to various naturals on their hair care routine, which I believe ultimately has stunted my growth. My follicles have gotten confused because I have not stuck with the very basic and simple (and a little secret recipe) routine that promoted my hair growth in the earlier stages. Everything is not for everybody, but these are some good tips. I’ll be returning to the earlier process and I so look forward to enjoying more of BGLH for the upcoming year. Happy new hair and… Read more »

Giovanna
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Giovanna

1/2 is the average, one can have more or less than that in a month depending on the individual. 1 inch of growth in a month is not unrealistic, I have experienced it myself but I will say that it doesn’t happen regularly every month. So I’d say more than a 1/2 of growth per month is not unrealistic, it just may or may not happen.

Hyspin
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Hyspin

Another unrealistic goal is assuming 1/2 inch growth a month but trimming your hair at the recommend 6–8 weeks at 1/4–1/2 inch each time. It one of those looks realistic at first just because of practical advice but the math will show that it is not realistic. Which I find people gloss over because individuals giving advice about trimming like its the end all of hair necessity but when following this practical advice your retained length will be little to barely noticeable especially in hair types with curls and kinks with a smaller diameter than pencil. One has got to… Read more »

Hyspin
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Hyspin

So realistic really depends on the persons rate of growth, the delicacy of their hair and hair practices. Rather than the average.

EG
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EG

Cipri, as always, thanks for sharing sound advice. Your ‘tumbleweed’ tip has changed my ends. 🙂

Cipriana
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Thank you so much ladies and BGLH, looking forward to sharing much more in the New Year.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

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Lu
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Lu

I think some of these women with successful journeys need to start some adopt-a-natural-head campaign, lol. But seriously. I noticed that whenever I look through these youtube channels or tumblers, or whatever, one small detail catches my attention, that’s probably the difference between a successful and unsuccessful regimen. Take Laila-Jean, for example. She keeps her hair in these beautiful updos, and I could not figure out for the life of me how those twists don’t dry out by the end of the day in that London winter! (I have a theory that it’s much easier to be natural in a… Read more »

Esinam
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Esinam

Hi,pls i ave a natural hair and i am unable to handle it.it so hard that i find it difficult to comb and it itch too…

Long Hair Tips
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Thanks for these useful tips for long hair naturally, but i am confused because my hairs are very thin, can i use these tips?

Barbara
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Barbara

Of course you can.

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