Length Retention Help

I'm having a major problem with retaining length. No matter what I do, my spirals are always tangled and matted in places. And on top of that, I always have knots in the middle of my hair strands. All of this is making it very hard to retain length. Does anyone know of a way to prevent or at least cut back on tangles, knots, and matting? Also, how should I prepare my hair for bed at night? Would it be best to braid or twist it? And this is just a thought but, I'm starting to think that type 4 hair is harder to grow than the other hair types. I know this girl with type 2 hair that cut her hair to her chin, and a few months later it's past shoulder length.
I cut off all of my hair in September of 2009 and it's struggling to get past chin length in some places. *scratches head*
~Hair Goal~
Shrinkage

4bness!

Not sure if this will be helpful but how are you styling and detangling your hair?

Personally I found that wash and gos leave my hair a tangled mess. I have to retwist or braid every night or I have tangles.

Using a denman brush has helped sooo much. At first I lost a lost of hair but over time I noticed it was less and less each time. I use mine after washing and conditioning with leave in conditioner and qhemet detangling ghee.

During the week I spritz my hair daily and smooth it with my fingers and I am sure to seal my ends when they get dry. I have to smooth from root to tip prior to re-twisting because my hair tangles most at the roots and the ends.

Products that help clump curls mean matted hair so I do not use those (i.e gel). I have also stopped trying to work it out with products. If I use it twice and it does not work I do not attempt a third. Finally when something does work I stop looking for an alternate product I just use that one until it stops.

Last is DC and oil rinsing the more moisturized my hair the easier it is to detangle.

HTH
Hair Type: 3c/4a/4b, fine, normal porosity

http://public.fotki.com/Ajnamhuja/
i agree with the above. Our hair loves to tanlge on it self. the longer you leave it out the more it tangles. Moisture is important too, it seems to keep it from tangling so much
Hair: 4b/c
BC: sept '09
Last relaxer: Apr '09
Shampoo: 365 whole food brand
Co-wash: Suave coconut
DC: phytojoba or alter ego (I add a little EVOO and honey to both)
Twist outs: Miss jessies curly pudding
Experimenting with: unrefined cocnut oil, infusium23 leave in, KCCC, and anything I can get my hands on
(I plan on shortening this list as I find out what my hair likes!!!!)
Not sure if this will be helpful but how are you styling and detangling your hair?

Personally I found that wash and gos leave my hair a tangled mess. I have to retwist or braid every night or I have tangles.

Using a denman brush has helped sooo much. At first I lost a lost of hair but over time I noticed it was less and less each time. I use mine after washing and conditioning with leave in conditioner and qhemet detangling ghee.

During the week I spritz my hair daily and smooth it with my fingers and I am sure to seal my ends when they get dry. I have to smooth from root to tip prior to re-twisting because my hair tangles most at the roots and the ends.

Products that help clump curls mean matted hair so I do not use those (i.e gel). I have also stopped trying to work it out with products. If I use it twice and it does not work I do not attempt a third. Finally when something does work I stop looking for an alternate product I just use that one until it stops.

Last is DC and oil rinsing the more moisturized my hair the easier it is to detangle.

HTH
Originally Posted by ajna
As usual, great advice

Big Chop: 11/25/09
Cottony/fluffy, medium/coarse, high density & porosity
SL - APL - BSB - BSL - MBL - WL - HL
Banned
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 337
I'm starting to think that type 4 hair is harder to grow than the other hair types. I know this girl with type 2 hair that cut her hair to her chin, and a few months later it's past shoulder length.
Originally Posted by Alice9nobara
Some people do have hair that grows faster than others but I think that it's based more on genetics than hair type.

There are many type 4 ladies who have hair that grows at a fast rate. Whilst there are type 1, 2 and 3 ladies who have hair that grows at a slower rate.

Sera on Youtube is a good example of a type 4 lady who's hair grows quite quickly : YouTube - Over the Past 5 Years

Personally, when I want to grow out my hair I put it in box braids. I always get the best length retention with box braids. They are best done on natural hair to avoid breakage.

This Youtuber has a nice vid of her box braids:

YouTube - Mini Box Braids on Natural Hair

I moisturise my box braids with Taliah Waajid's Protective Mist and seal with a light oil. I then moisturise the ends with a moisturising cream.

I also agree with Ajna's recommendations.
Thanks for the advice everyone! I'll make better use of my denman brush from now on. And, lately I've heard lots of good reviews on the tangle teezer. Does anyone know whether or not it's available in stores?
~Hair Goal~
Shrinkage

4bness!

Thanks for the advice everyone! I'll make better use of my denman brush from now on. And, lately I've heard lots of good reviews on the tangle teezer. Does anyone know whether or not it's available in stores?
Originally Posted by Alice9nobara
I think it can be bought in Sally's...? I don't know. I've heard some things about it breaking hair off, but I guess that can go for any product. Just saying, be careful with it if you do get it.

(Sorry, I don't trust many brushes. Lol)

Big Chop: 11/25/09
Cottony/fluffy, medium/coarse, high density & porosity
SL - APL - BSB - BSL - MBL - WL - HL
I've learned that lots of moisture helps curb the tangles and knots. I normally put my hair in chunky plaits aka "doo-doo" plaits at night (I found that chunky twists come undone). I use the tangle teezer and love it. My denman gets very little if any love anymore. I use it to detangle with condish in my hair. After I detangle a section, I plait it up and then rinse. Hope this helps a little.
Texture: Coarse?; Density: Med (?); Porosity(?? Med-high); Wave pattern: 4B coils

Poo:
Elucence MB
Deep Condish: GVP Conditioning Balm Moisturizer: Qhemets Amla Olive HC
Sealer: QB
Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist (I use this as a styler too)
Stylers: ORS Twist and Lock
(rarely use)





What works for me...
--(Finger) detangle w/ oil once a week
--Wash in twisted/braided sections
--Use thick, creamy water-based moisturizers (shaft) and butters (ends)
--Keep hair in stretched styles 24/7 (braid outs, flat twist outs, bantu knot outs, etc)
--Pineapple hair at night

Keeping my hair stretched 24/7 cuts down on tangles for me. I don't re-twist/re-braid/re-moisturize in between washes so pineappling works well for me. I have rarely get major tangles or knots and I've never experienced matting.

P.S. There is no way to *fully* prevent tangles and knots...one can only reduce their occurrence.
Big Chop: 12/15/08

Detangle: Nature's Gate Hemp Nourishing Conditioner

Cleanse: SM Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Leave-In Condition: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner
Moisturize: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Oils/Butters: Parachute Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Njoi Creations Ayurvedic Hair Butter;
Gels Eco Styler Krystal Gel


~ iHerb Discount Code: EFE310 ~
Maybe change the products you use as they might be adding unnecessary protein to your hair.

I'd stay away from all brushes at all cost because they might be ribboning your hair ends causing them to twist and lock back up.

Also, if your hair is thick then stay away from anything greasy or products that might clump the hair together.

Ever try using your regular conditioner as a leave-in without any other product? That might add the magic that you need. Mix it with your regular leave-in and see if that works.

Princeton Brooke
Chief Software Engineer
http://apps.facebook.com/princetonbrooke
I'm having a major problem with retaining length. No matter what I do, my spirals are always tangled and matted in places. And on top of that, I always have knots in the middle of my hair strands. All of this is making it very hard to retain length. Does anyone know of a way to prevent or at least cut back on tangles, knots, and matting? Also, how should I prepare my hair for bed at night? Would it be best to braid or twist it? And this is just a thought but, I'm starting to think that type 4 hair is harder to grow than the other hair types. I know this girl with type 2 hair that cut her hair to her chin, and a few months later it's past shoulder length.
I cut off all of my hair in September of 2009 and it's struggling to get past chin length in some places. *scratches head*
Originally Posted by Alice9nobara


When my hair was a shorted length it grew out so no matter what I did my hair looked shorter than it really was stretched out. I didn't realize my hair was as long as it was until the first time I straightened it. My hair seemed much shorted at the crown than it was when I straightened, I didn't think it was past the top of my ear but it turned out it was much longer. Even now, my hair is very misleading when curly.
Also spending time detangling from the root and stretching it like everyone mentioned helps out a lot as well.

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com