The Short Road to Long, Natural Hair Part 2

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6. Comb Gently with a Seamless Comb

We have fine strands, but very thick hair. We also have dry, natural hair that needs great care. We comb by starting from the ends of the hair. We bought this seamless comb five years ago, and have never used another comb since. Consider the following advantages. A seamless comb does not have the edges along the middle of the teeth, like regular combs do, so this avoids the comb's teeth dragging along the hair strands, causing weakening of the strands and thus early breakage and a delaying of the growth process. The comb's teeth are smooth. We are always looking for ways to maintain the strength of our hair strands, so using a comb that is as gentle on our hair as possible is a huge plus! Also, growing up we use to buy cheap non-seamless combs that would break easily, amounting to a significant amount of money over the years. So this seamless comb is an investment for us in more ways than one.

Here is a link to the seamless comb pictured in our arsenal of natural hair products and here is a wide tooth seamless comb that can be used for thicker hair.

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This is my new seamless comb (June 14, 2016). The other one lasted me four years before a tooth broke at a point where a always place my index finger to comb. This one feels just as strong and parts cleaner in my opinion.

 

 

7. Cut Knots and Splits with a Stainless Steel Hair Shears

To avoid knots, we keep our natural hair in twists, but some are still inevitable, and then a sharp shears is in order. We cut our own hair - we do not trim. We check for knots and splits often and when we find them, we cut the individual strand, a few centimeters above the split or knot. We hold the scissors horizontally to cut the strand straight across. Splits and knots are bad for natural hair because they tangle with healthy strands, and sometimes tangles are so hard to loosen, they need cutting in huge chunks.  We know this, unfortunately.

To keep our hair shears cutting properly, we always check to make sure that the screw in the middle of the scissors is not loose before cutting.

This is a stainless steel hair shears, similar to the one we have.

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8. Sleep on a Satin Pillowcase and/or with a Satin Cap

The secret to growing natural hair is retaining moisture and avoiding breakage, which must also be done while sleeping. If we sleep with uncovered hair on a cotton pillowcase, our hair strands get caught up in the fibers and often snap off. The cotton material also sucks all of the moisture out of our hair. This is why we always sleep on a satin pillowcase. We have one for each day (7) so we never run out and we change our pillowcase every night for hygienic reasons.

If we have natural hairstyles that have to stay in place, we sleep with a satin cap but still on the satin pillowcase for extra moisture retention.

This is the pillowcase we have and it is good quality as we had it for a few years. It has a zip, so that it stays on the pillow.

 

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This is the brand of satin caps that we use. We have a number of them, to change every night for hygienic reasons.

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9. Wear Protective Natural Hairstyles as much as Possible

We do a few, protective natural hairstyles and the one we use most is rope twists. These twists stay in place for - ever :) and keep most of the strands - especially the ends- under the other strands, and thus moist. We then put our hair up and tuck the ends into a bun using snag-free hair elastics.

Protective natural hairstyles are hairstyles that protect the ends of the hair - which are the oldest - and thus easiest to break. 

This is a play list of protective natural hairstyle videos.

 

 

 

10. Use Hair Elastics that do not Pull or Break the Hair

We do not use rubber bands. They pull out our hair. When Pet was studying, she found hair elastics similar to these on sale at a brick and mortar store. They had the features we were looking for. A material that does not suck moisture out of our natural hair where it wraps around and the little bead that does not have any sharp edges that would break our hair. We love snag free hair elastics as they look really cute and classy.

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Pet wears these hair elastics in this YouTube Video.

 

 

11. Give the Hair a few Years to Grow Long

Hair grows around 6 inches per year. We did not cut off all of our hair to start over, but rather we transitioned and then cut our straightened ends when we felt that the natural part was long enough. It took us at least 3 years to have long hair, that includes trimming and losing ends while we learned what worked and what didn't. Our hair started to look long at around nine inches.

This is why we say that it's the short road to long natural hair. Because if you can keep all of your 6 inches of hair growth every year, that's a year and a half to long, natural hair! A year and a half is a short time. We plan to keep growing out our natural hair - not stopping at a particular length.

Here is a hair growth video of a woman who maintained most of her length.

 

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Our current length is the longest our hair has ever been and it would not have been possible without the natural hair care knowledge we gained. We do what works for us and it is important that you do what works for you.

Whether you wish to have short, mid length or long hair, we want you to know that healthy, long, natural hair is possible for black women and girls with proper, natural hair care. Happy growing!

 

 

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Mintosee is not affiliated with any of the persons in these videos. We are just writing about our natural hair journey and people who gave us knowledge along the way.