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How to Get the Most Length Retention this Fall

Avatar • Sep 8, 2014

SZA

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean any length retention has to as well. Here are just a few tips to prepare you for the fall:

1. Keep your hair up

Switching from camisoles to collared shirts creates room for breakage of any hair that may rub against your clothes. Just last week, I was battling “the hair getting snagged on my jeweled collar” syndrome. Don’t let that be you. Get in the habit of pinning your hair up as much as possible to keep it off of your shoulders and/or back. (Some of you may have already been doing that this summer but for a different reason – the heat. Now the reason is protective.)

BGLH Resources:
What Happens To Natural Hair When You Stop Protective Styling
Protective Styling Do’s and Dont’s
5 Secrets to Enjoying Protective Styling

2. Deep condition regularly – and with a cap and/or heat

During the summer, you probably skipped a few deep conditioning sessions or didn’t quite use a cap or heat because of the hot weather. Whichever the case, fall is the time to get back on track due to the cooler weather that will come through with the season. Get back to (or start) incorporating a deep condition after each wash and with a cap or heat.

BGLH Resources:
Do Heat and Time Really Make Deep Conditioning More Effective?

3. Try the Fulani satin wrap method

To keep hair moisturized this fall, try the Fulani silk wrap method. (Fulani is one of many groups in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. Though this method is generally used in a hot dry climate, it can easily be extended to cooler dry climates.) How does it work? You essentially dampen your silk scarf with warm water, coat it with a small amount of oil, and wrap your hair while you sleep or for a period of time while you’re awake. You may prefer this method over the baggy method, which can leave the hair overly wet. Check out this Fulani silk wrap method tutorial by JoStylin:

4. Thicker sealants on those ends

It is possible that whatever sealants you were using in the summer may not be as effective in the fall. With cooler weather may come the need to switch to thicker sealants. Such sealants can range from heavier oils (e.g., olive) to butters (e.g., shea, cupuacu) or even grease. (Check out this earlier post on using grease effectively.)

BGLH Resources:
8 Tips to Effectively Seal Your Ends
25 Popular Oils, Butters and Natural Ingredients and How to Use Them on Natural Hair

5. Incorporate a pre-shampoo treatment

Some of you will probably decrease your co-washes this fall, which may throw off your moisture game. Well, don’t fret because you can switch to using a pre-shampoo treatment (pre-poo) as a fix for the fall.  To reduce moisture loss that can come with the shampoo process, pre-coat your hair liberally with an oil of your choice the night before your wash.

BGLH Resources:
9 of the Best Products for Pre-Pooing Natural Hair

How are you retaining length this Fall?

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Darlyn
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Darlyn

I already do numbers 2, 4, 5 so now I just have to try the others! 🙂

Miss Mo
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Miss Mo

Great helpful tips.

Merci 🙂

ChiChi
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ChiChi

I get so confused with these different names for washing your hair. So to my understanding, pre poo is oiling your hair before washing it. Do you shampoo it 1st? Wouldn’t that strip all of the oils out? And then what is co washing?

LaNeshe
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Pre-poo is putting oil on your hair before washing. So it’s kind of like a hot oil treatment before shampooing to keep your hair from being completely stripped by the shampoo. Co-washing is washing the hair with conditioner only, no shampoo.

Amy
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Amy

You prepoo before you shampoo (hence the term pre-poo). Yes, it will strip the oils out but that’s what it needs to do rather than stripping your own natural oils out. So the action of the shampoo won’t be as harsh. Co-washing is simply washing with conditioner. No shampoos. This is safer and a better option if you are one to restyle (and wash) your hair multiple times a week

Lola
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Lola

Chichi when you prepoo you do not shampoo the hair ahead of time. You just soak your hair with an oil of your choice, cover with plastic bag, a scarf and go to bed. The following day, cowash, meaning wash your hair with a conditioner. There are conditioners specifically for cowashing but you can use a conditioner that works for you. There is no shampooing in the equation unless you want to strip clean your hair of the oil, in which case you do so after you’ve had the oil in your hair for several hours of over night. Hope… Read more »

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Scrolling

Pre-pooing is basically something you do before shampooing. It can be an oil treatment, conditioning treatment, or just something to prep your hair for shampoo. An oil treatment will help protect your hair from being stripped by the shampoo.

Shal
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Shal

Prepooing is oiling before you wash. This is supposed to keep your hair from swelling too much when you wash and protect it from harsh shampoos. You shampoo(and do everything else) after you prepoo. Shampooing after you prepoo does strip all the oils, but it isn’t stripping your hair itself. Cowashing is washing with a conditioner instead of a shampoo. You can only effectively do this if you don’t use silicones (conditioner won’t remove the silicones well). So if you use all natural, cone free products you can cleanse your hair by cowashing. If you do cowash though you should… Read more »

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Trey

Co wash is just washing your hair with conditioner. This is done when there isn’t much buildup in the hair. Pre-poo is putting oil on the hair prior to washing it with shampoo. It keeps the shampoo from stripping the hair of its natural oils. Its like a protective layer for the oil already in your hair. Hope that helps.

Darlyn
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Darlyn

ChiChi, you have to pre poo your hair prior to washing it. Co washing is washing your hair with conditioner only.

Christie
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Christie

So much lingo eh. Prepoo is the treatment you do before any type of hair washing, ex putting coconut oil all over the hair the night before. It protects the strands by preventing hygral fatigue and preventing the shampoo from being too stripping of your hair. Cowashing means washing with conditioner.

Jacky
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Jacky

A pre-poo is done before shampooing the hair. Yes, a lot of the oils will be washed out of the hair when shampooing but, afterwards, the hair will not be as dry as if you were to wash dry natural hair without pre-pooing it. Natural hair gets very dry and/or difficult after washing it with shampoo because shampoos are usually too harsh for natural hair. To solve this problem naturals prefer to co-wash( because it’s gentler ) or pre-poo before shampooing( to ease/eliminate the harsh effects that shampoos have on natural hair ). A co-wash is essentially washing your hair… Read more »

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DeeDee

Yes, pre-poo usually consists of using oils of your choice overnight (or all day) before you shampoo the next day. I like to use coconut and EVOO. Some consider pre-poo to be done using a conditioner instead of oils. It’s not the same as a co-wash, which consists of using conditioner instead of shampoo as a method of cleansing. Hope this helps!

Alexandra
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Alexandra

Hi, ChiChi, no you don’t wash it beforehand, which is why it’s called a pre-poo (pre-shampoo). You can try hot oil treatments which is wonderful depending on what your hair likes. Shampoo’ing afterward will strip some oils out, depending on the kind of shampoo you use and how many times you lather & rinse. Once is good enough for my hair and so it retains some of the oil, especially since I use a sulfate-free shampoo (I use L’Oreal). A co-washing is a conditioner wash, which is exactly what it sounds like, you’re washing your hair with only conditioner. Mainly… Read more »

panda
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panda

I already know all of this, like I’m sure others do too.… The problem is, we know, we don’t do. I wanna change that this year.… I’ve become a “do as I say not as I do” person, telling people they should deep condition and hardly doing it myself . I did a second big chop last week and this time I want to grow hair that has the best nutrients and care allocated to it.

Chanda
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Chanda

Sweet. I already do 1, 2 and 4. I’ve never been a pre-poo type of person but I guess the least I can do is try again with the right oil/product.

Pure Estrogen
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Number one is my thing. lol

Nkem
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Nkem

Protective styling!! I just bought my first wig and plan to have my hair hidden all through winter. Hand in hair syndrome is really real and the hair breakage is crazy! With bi weekly washes, deep conditioning and henna treatments my hair’s health should be restored.

KP
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KP

Interesting. Didn’t know there was a Fulani group in Nigeria, too. I usually think of Kenya.

Is spraying your hair with a mix of water and oil, and then wrapping it the same thing as this method?

Nubiahbella
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Nubiahbella

Maybe you are confusing Fulani with Massai? Fulani are mainly found in West Africa.

JoAnn
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JoAnn

The Fulani Tribe are in WEst Africa, but they are mixed with North African Tribes. They kinda of look like Eritrian or Ethiopian East African. They are extremely ornate and are very beautiful especially the men who are very flamboyant. It’s very interesting. Google Fulani People.

Sabrina Antoinnette < link to instagram
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I am definitely a HUGE fan of the Fulani satin wrap method. It has helped me retain moisture in my protective styles (Marley or Senegalese twists) all summer. I was floored by how soft my hair was when taking it down after the first time I started using this method — it made for such easy detangling and my scalp was supple. I had virtually no build up either, as I was able to cut back on other moisturizing products while my hair was in twists while doing this. Only drawback is that it transfers oil, so I wrap my… Read more »

Knotty Natural
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What’s meshing?

Naturally Free
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Naturally Free

I believe ‘meshing’ is when the natural hair starts to bond with the extensions.

ChiChi
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ChiChi

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE HELP!!! I’ve been natural going on 4 years and last year I just recently began taking care of my hair. There were so many of you who responded. I appreciate the answers and now have a better understanding. Co-Wash is now easier for me to remember. Lol Co-Wash = Conditioner Wash. Pre-poo is basically an oil treatment for your hair. I’m now on the same page.

Thanks again! :-*

ChiChi
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ChiChi

BTW, SZA is the person on the picture. She’s beautiful and I love her hair!!!! Gorgeous.

TheySawHer
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TheySawHer

Yea, she has the some of he best natural weaves in the industry. I think it’s a bit confusing when people promote “their” natural hair regimen and routine when the hair they’re known for isn’t theirs. I love a good weave, but don’t lie and claim it as your own. It can be frustrating when fans who have similar hair types don’t see that type of growth when they’re using the real thing.

NapturallyKia
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NapturallyKia

To those who co wash daily, how do you deal in the winter? I live in New England where it snows and I know ? washing won’t be doable throughout the winter. Thanks.

Alwina
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Alwina

Thank you for sharing! So far I do everything except for the Fulani method. But the Fulani method sounds like a great option when you don’t want you’re hair to revert/shrink in a style you’ve done.

I just colored my hair last month, so I have a lot of work to do to keep it moisturized and healthy.

Rashonda
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Rashonda

I always pre poo! I use Nutress Hair products. They always give me the best results. And their products are alcohol and sulfate free 🙂

Joyce A.
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Joyce A.

Does anybody knows the name of the lady in that pic?

Angelia
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Angelia

Her name is SZA

Lovie
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Lovie

That’s not SZA’s real hair.

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