When it comes to natural hair, sometimes less is more. Many people with successful hair journeys can attest to this. Quite a number of them share that they were able to retain length and achieve their hair goals by simply leaving their hair alone. Now, when we say “leaving hair alone,” we don’t mean neglecting the hair and completely phasing out things like shampooing and deep conditioning. No. By leaving the hair alone, we mean cutting back on unnecessary manipulation.
Unnecessary manipulation is usually done through things like over-combing and styling your natural hair. It can even be through the constant unconscious touching and pulling you do to your hair when bored. Yes, it’s nice to play in your hair and see all the different styles you could do with it, but if you’re wearing out your natural hair all the time, combing it every day, and trying to manipulate it into different styles daily, you may notice over time that you’re losing a lot of length, and you may even start to think that your hair growth is stunted (yet it’s not).
As per the hair growth cycle, your hair actually continually grows, about half an inch every month. This length may be longer or shorter, depending on your genetics and other factors. Nevertheless, your hair grows. What hinders us from seeing this growth is breakage. Breakage happens every time we overmanipulate our hair. You’re more likely to experience minimal breakage if you leave your hair alone. If you’re wondering how you can leave your hair alone and still care for it, here are some of the best ways:
Ultimately, if you can follow these tips while still taking the necessary steps of proper haircare such as shampooing, moisturizing and sealing in the moisture with plant-based oils, your hair will thrive. By leaving it alone and only doing what’s best for it when need be, you’ll unlock the full length potential of your hair.