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5 Reasons Why You Should Not Do Length Checks on Your Natural Hair

 

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1. YOU CAN BECOME IMPATIENT 

Are you newly natural and binge-watching YouTube slideshow videos of 3-month, 6 months and 1-year length checks? I have been there. I found myself getting so caught up in achieving growth (based off where my favorite youtuber’s hair was) that I began to get on my own nerves. I was length checking after every protective style- every two weeks. Lol!

When you are wanting your hair to grow so bad, you can get to the point of length checking every opportunity you get. It can become discouraging. This takes me to #2.

 

 

2. YOU CAN BECOME DISCOURAGED

Why isn’t my hair growing? Why is hers so long at 6 months and mine isn’t? Something must be wrong with me. I must not be using the right products. Let me go and buy the whole line of (fill in the blank). I am just going to return to the relaxer -as you post this in your state of aggravation in a natural hair group on Facebook. Whew! Posting that you are returning to the relaxer in a natural hair group will get you a lot of comments. Lol! I have seen some ladies attack a Sista like a pack of wolves on that type of post. It went something like, “ok”, “do your thing”, “you must want some attention”, “noooobooodddyyyyy cares”.

As you are being so focused on these length checks, you set expectations that if you do not reach in the timing you expect, you become discouraged.

 

3. YOU MAY BEGIN TO COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS

Why oh why my dear are you doing this to yourself? First it starts with comparing length then it starts with comparing textures and whatever else. I have seen it. I have worked with so many women one on one and they would show me picture after picture of women, their length and texture. They were admiring their hair AND complaining about how terrible theirs is compared to the lady in the picture. As a natural hair blogger and stylist, it is so hard to encourage someone to accept where their hair is at the time and to be patient when they have it already set in their mind that something is wrong or it’s’ just not meant for them to rock their natural crown. We can’t force anyone to love their hair. Rocking their natural hair must ultimately be up to the them.

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4. YOU JUST MIGHT STUNT YOUR GROWTH

You read it right. Stress can eventually make its’ way into your life as you worry yourself like crazy over why you are not achieving your desired growth. Stress can cause you to lose your hair. So much for length checks huh? It’s not worth it AT ALL. Not only can you lose your hair stressing, you can put your health at risk. Stress causes so many dis-eases. So here you are stressed, then you end up having stomach issues or aches and pains. Now you must visit a doctor and they prescribe you medications because you got your blood pressure high and high blood pressure pills can cause hair loss. It isn’t worth your health. Stress is a killer. #teamnostresszone. Just breathe………

5. YOU MAY NOT EMBRACE YOUR BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE JOURNEY

Your hair is like no other. You are unique so your journey will not be like anyone else’s. As naturals we may experience some of the same problems like dryness and knots but your hair may not react to the same products that are working great for others. You may have more shrinkage than those you are comparing your hair too. When I let go of the attachment of the idea length based on how long I have been natural, my hair just flourished. I look back over my pictures and I am like wow. I don’t take the time to length check. I just be therefore I can love it every step of the way. Letting go of expectations has been one of the best things I could’ve ever done for my natural hair journey. I just take care of my hair and go on about life.

I went from big chop, to thick afro, to tapered cut (with shaved sides) to semi free form locks. My hair is growing like crazy! Others tell me that my hair has grown so much. I only notice my length as I am popping myself on my neck or in the face because I think something is crawling on me. Lol! Seriously, I have done that one too many times as I must get use to the length of my locks.

 

If length checking is only going to add to your frustration, DON’T DO IT! It isn’t worth it. Simply embrace your length every step of the way. Before you know it, you will have reached your hair goals minus the stress.😃

 

 

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Naturalista Sharlayne

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Hi, my name is Sharlayne, I’m a freelance producer and writer and I also run an art collective for POC called Project Noir. I live in London.

I’ve been natural for 2 years now. I big chopped last November and it was the best thing for my hair once I got rid of those straggly straight ends. My hair is flourishing and growing incredibly fast! I think I was afraid of looking a bit boyish, but I love my fro.

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I returned natural because I’d been chemically straightening my hair since I was 14. It was generally healthy until a bad dye job and it was never quite the same so after a bit of confidence building I took the plunge. This is my 3rd time and this time its sticking! I love straight hair too but ultimately my hair is healthiest natural.

I would tell someone who is thinking about returning natural to do it! You won’t regret it; your hair will thank you and it will literally change your whole mindset on beauty and accepting your true self.

I really have simplified my routine since going natural. I only really use coconut oil, either in a spray bottle with water or scrunched through my hair. Other than that, I have Shea Moisture shampoo and Lush R&B which smells delicious and is nice for a lil boost of moisture. I slick my baby hairs with aloe vera gel from Holland and Barrett – it’s natural and can be used on hair and skin.

My favorite go to natural hair style is a quick afro puff with a silk scarf or I wear my hair in braids.

 

 

I don’t use any heat on my hair. I scrunch it with a cotton t-shirt and let it air dry. I also finger comb as much as possible. The key is the less you manipulate your hair the better.

 

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Naturalista Pearline

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My name is Pearline Jean-Charles and I’m from Brooklyn New York. I have been natural since 2012, so let’s just say 4 years.

I returned natural because perms weren’t working for me. My hair was just too course for it. My hair always had a hard time taking the relaxer and  boy was I tired of getting burned.

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My advice that I would give to someone who is thinking about returning natural is to go for it and thank me later lol; but for real though, it’s a beautiful journey. Some days are easier than others but it’s well worth it.

On your natural hair journey, you learn a lot about yourself. It’s not as hard as people make it look but not as easy as people make it seem either. One more thing, don’t get caught up in how other people’s hair look. Your journey is your own.

Some of my favorite products are: Eden’s Body’s Works Coconut Shea line, As I Am Co Wash and Eco Styler gel (the pink one). These are just to name a few.

My favorite go to natural style is a braid out.

 

 

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Naturalista Destiny

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My name is Destiny and I reside in the DC metro area.  I’m a southern belle/country gal from North Carolina with a doggie name Nini as my best friend (instagram/nini4ya).  I am an enthusiast of natural hair, natural/herbal living, doggies, crochet/knit, cookery and music.

I’ve been natural for 11 years. I have always been a “black sheep” in my own universe, rejecting all of the negative “isms” around, so it made sense for me to be natural.


Many times I’ve encountered women who inquired about being natural but most of them stated they either could not pull it off nor have the time to care for it.  I counter with sharing that my motivation for being natural was to finally be ME-not a VERSION of me…and be comfortable and in love with my own beauty, unconditionally.  So my advice was to get to that special place first then research, tryout and learn your natural hair with an abundance of patience on deck 🙂

I’m not a product junkie because my low porosity strands hates any white or alcohol filled product (product buildup) Most of my products are natural diy.  I wash and condition with either bentonite/rhassoul clay, seal with natural oils like almond, apricot, jojoba or with a botanical gel like Kinky Curly Custard or shea butter.



My 3 favorite natural styles  are braidouts, bantu knots and washandgos.

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Connect with me on instagram @destiny4ya

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Naturalista Jamela

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Hi, my name is Jamela S. I am a US Army veteran of 8 years. I am currently in school for Network Engineer working on my Associate’s degree. I have natural hair and I love it. Going back natural was the best decision I could have made for my hair. I now have BSL(Bra Strap Length) hair and my goal is WL(Waist Length). I wash my hair with a shampoo once/twice a month and I co-wash as needed. I always follow up with a deep conditioner and rinse with cool water.It took me a while to figure out what my hair needs to be great,  but I enjoyed learning along the way. At times, I wish I would have gone natural sooner, but I don’t think I could maintain it as good being in the military.

I started my transition in June 2012, and I big chopped on Dec 2012. This year in December I will be at 5 years natural. I returned natural because I realized that my hair was thinning out, breaking, and wouldn’t grow, I had no edges and no hair at the nape of my head (Lower neck, or the kitchen as some call it). After taking out a set of kinky twist, I made my decision. At first, I was skeptical but I am glad that I continued my journey.

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If someone was thinking about returning natural, I would tell them that being natural can be a lot of work but it is well worth it. If you transition your way through, make sure to handle your hair gently because you are handling two different textures and the ends are very sensitive. You will want to keep your hair moisturized so that it doesn’t get dry and brittle. Always detangle your hair gently, and don’t use heat often. I use heat once or twice a year. Once you find the right products that give your hair moisture you will become in love with your hair. Oh, and you will have shrinkage all that means is that your hair is healthy embrace it! Wear your crown with pride!

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I have been through a lot of products, but I have finally figured out what works best for my 4c hair. I love oils such as my favorite Jojoba oil. I also use Olive, Castor, and Avocado, and sometimes coconut oil. I mostly use Jojoba, Avocado, and olive when styling, and coconut oil when conditioning.  Products I use regularly are, Herbal Essence Hello Hydration or Aussie Mega Moist conditioner, Dark and Lovely AU Naturale Coil Moisturizing Soufflé, Aloe Vera Gel, and whipped Shea Butter that I make myself. I also use organic honey for my deep condition and ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) as a rinse.Other products I have used are Suave Naturals Shampoo and Pantene Co-Wash.

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My favorite go to hairstyle are twists, they are low maintenance and they allow for my hair to rest and grow. When I install my protective twists I usually leave them in for 4 months with a re-twist every two weeks. I also love puffs and twist out, the puff is easy to do after wearing my hair in a twist out.

You will want to find out a routine that suits you, this may take time. Just be patient and give your hair the love it deserves.

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I hosted a workshop in 2015 in Vidalia, GA and I was able to link up with  the owner of this product line -her name is Sabrina Newby. She agreed to attend my workshop and speak. She brought her products with her and we were able to learn more about her and her products.

I was able to get some of her products and couldn’t wait to give them a try. She was very knowledgeable of overall health of the body and hair care.

I tried her products and fell in love!

In this video my locs are shorter but I can chop up the growth of my hair to the great products that I have been using and of course the love that I have for them. Bougie Natural product line is an absolute favorite of mine!

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Naturalista Britney

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My name is Britney Jackson aka ( britneykinkycoils ) on YouTube. I’m a 26-year-old woman making her dreams come true by focusing on the things that matter. I work from home watching daycare kids with my family and working to grow my channel and help other girls and women with their natural hair. Giving out hair tutorials, tips, DIY accessories and more.

I’ve been natural since March 2014. So, I will be 4 years in March of this year. I decided to start my journey over and do a second big chop to get rid of heat damage, color and to grow my hair the same length throughout my journey. This time I’m going to start and end my journey right. I’ll be documenting my growth every day for a full year. Then I’ll share the growth on my channel. I can’t wait.

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I decided that my hair needed to grow past my neck and noticed how beautiful natural hair became to me. I was extremely tired of relaxing my hair and felt like I no longer needed to relax my hair because I took a 3-year break from straightening my hair. My hair started to grow and so at this point is when I realized I didn’t need to relax my hair anymore. No more burns throughout my hair. It was the best thing I could have done to save my hair and get it back to its natural state.

For someone who is thinking about returning natural, I would tell them that going back to their natural state is the best choice they can make. Doing this helped my hair grow healthy, thick and long. I can do so many different styles with my natural hair without the fear of breakage, burns on my scalp and just the chance to feel and live free.

My top favorite products would have to be SoftSheen-Carson Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator, 16 fl oz  and SoftSheen Afro Spray. Those two products are amazing at keeping my hair moisturized and it also helped my journey thrive to its full potential.

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My favorite style is rocking my afro. No matter the weather, my hair does great when I just let her (my hair) do whatever she wants. My hair just likes to be moisturized and the rest is up to her.

Natural hair tips:

Focus on what products works for you. Don’t attempt to do different styles every other day. Be sure to let your hair thrive and rest often because when you do too much to your hair. Your hair will get weak and start to break off. It’s nice to change it up, but pick a style that your hair enjoys the most and do that more often. Less things you do to your hair, the better chance you have at a healthier hair journey.

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Thou Shall Embrace The Journey

Thou should embrace your natural hair journey!

I chose to love my hair no matter what stage I was in and my locs have flourished!

How To Condition Your Hair Naturally

After I got over the product junkie phase, I began to mix conditioning combinations for my hair. I was able to combine what I already had instead of browsing the store isles to find the perfect conditioner to deep condition my hair with. It has saved me a lot money as natural hair care can become a strain on your finances when you are always buying products to find the perfect one.

This conditioning recipe is really simple. It is a combination of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Olive Oil and Honey.

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What are some of your favorite conditioning combinations?

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