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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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Social media -@love_layne and business @projectnoirhub pics and vid attached xx

 

Naturalista Jamellia

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My name is Jamellia McFarlane but friends call me Millie. I was born in Queens New York but raise in Florida. I’m 27 and a social worker. I have been natural since Nov 2011- so 6yrs.

I returned natural because I had shaved the side of my hair and wanted to start over. I was doing weaves, but my hair was so uneven and had damaged ends, I needed a fresh start.

 

 

If someone is thinking about returning natural I would say to them that we should have never left but everybody has their own journey. When I was growing up, I was a box braids baby because I had thick hair, was tender headed, and my mom didn’t know what to do with my hair because I would always cry when it was time for it to be done. Side note, my mom has dreads currently. But anyways, eventually I begged her to perm it. Yea perms made my hair kind of manageable but also lifeless because it damages the curl pattern. Plus, if I knew how to take care of my natural hair, stopped looking at other cultures hair, and wishing/trying to reach their hair goals, my hair would be so different. Shoot I should have just locked up anyways because I was wearing braids all the time but that wasn’t my mindset, so then I became dependent on weaves until my big chop in 2011.

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I feel as black women we are creative, and weaves are as a craft to us, but we shouldn’t be so wrapped up or dependent on it that if we don’t have it, we don’t feel beautiful. Our hair DOES GROW, it just needs some patience, less expectations, as well as sun, water, and oil. We have the definition of beautiful hair.

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P.s if I would have locked my hair when I was younger, it would have been down my back by now. Probably would had higher self-esteem because my hair was a low point of me. But I’m happy where I am now, and this hair journey I’ve been on. I wouldn’t change it for anything. In 2 yrs., my hair has grown tremendously with locks. I’ve found a way to finally care it by patience, self-acceptance, and love.

 

 

I’m always down for new oils but my go to’s are Coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, tea tree, and water lol.

My favorite hairstyle is half up and half down.

 

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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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