Q & A: What Are Some Practical Tips To Retaining Length?

— September 02, 2020

Q: How do I retain length?

A: You won’t be able to see real growth without retaining length, and split ends prohibit you from doing so. Your hair is constantly growing despite what it looks like, but breakage will continue splitting, giving the appearance of stalled growth. Always trim at least every 6 months. Or, if you heat-style, trim every 3 - 4 months. You can also protect against damage with your DR. MIRACLE'S Length Retention Leave-In Cream. This soothing balm, infused with rosemary, shea butter and grapeseed oil, increases circulation and relieves an itchy scalp. Try it on protective styles and massage into ends.

Here are four other ways to retain length:

1. GET A SHOWER/SINK FILTER: Many of us wash our curls in the sink or shower, and if you have hard water that’s chock full of hardening minerals, you could be making your hair brittle and dry. Always wash your hair with filtered water if you live in an area with hard water.

2. OPT FOR STEAM OVER HOODED-DRYER CONDITIONING: There’s nothing wrong with popping on a shower cap and sitting under the dryer to let your deep treatment penetrate the hair shaft, however, for products mainly comprised of natural, botanical ingredients. A steamer helps enhance the hydrating effects and you’ll infuse more of the nutrients into your hair shaft.

3. REMEMBER, B VITAMINS ARE KING: Vitamins like biotin, B6, B12, pantothenic acid (B5) are essential to growth. Here’s a hair vitamin you should consider.

5. SEAL FOR STRENGTH: You seal to prevent split ends and flaunt healthier hair. Sealing your ends is a great way to de-frizz in between wash days. It also smoothes the hair shaft.