How many men do you know that use protective styling as a method to grow their hair?
I can’t say that I know many, but I notice that their hair grows great lengths in a short amount of time. When asked what they do to their hair for growth, the number one answer I have gotten: NOTHING.
In the natural community, it is said that protective styling is your best friend when trying to grow your hair to great lengths. Let most naturals tell it, “If your ends are safe guarded, the your hair will grow”.
Although I do believe that method works for some, I feel the majority could benefit from doing nothing at all. Let’s think about the logic of our hair for a minute:
Our hair is naturally coily, some very tight and and some loose, but curly nonetheless. We can notice those with more coily hair experiencing the most shrinkage. Why? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that since our strands are extremely fragile, when in its shrunken state, it provides more protection to your strands.
Let’s think: how often do you find hair in the comb when you aren’t combing through it? Yea, never do. When you decide to stretch out the coil, however, you will find hair in the comb (or your fingers). Now, all hair is not broken hair – it may be shed from the root which is fine.
But unless you are super gentle with your hair (which most of us are not to the extreme that we should be), you will experience breakage. We put our hair in all of these “protective styles” (which requires combing, tugging and manipulation) for many of us to experience some growth but ultimately have to trim some ends or do something counterintuitive to what we purposed for the style in the first place: to protect our hair. Maybe we need to protect our hair from ourselves…
Now imagine if we decided to let our hair grow. We water it regularly. We only manipulate it when it is wet (as we know that with our strands, dealing with it when soaking wet is better than trying to manipulate it when it is dry). We don’t do styles that cause tension, but rather allow for our natural curls to shine. We embrace the shrinkage. We avoid the use of styling tools and rock our curls. How long do you think our hair would be?
Just sharing what is on my mind, but could some truth be linked to it?