The picture above is from PinkeCube, her hair type is 4c, PinkeCube is using the ‘Maximum Hydration Method’ to define her curls. Her curls are amazingly Clumped and Moisturised. To understand how PinkCube has obtain this level of curl definition, read below and watch her video.
We natural hair heads (specially type 4b and c) are used to see our hair in a fuzz. A kind of a ‘cloud’, with no really curl definition… And we’ve learned to love and rock it ! Many of us have tried so many ‘Wash n Go’s with no real satisfaction, that we don’t even know that we could choose otherwise ! And frankly our ‘cloud’ looks truly gorgeous 🙂 But, wearing our hair in an afro (not clumped) is not ideal for length retention…
Now, if we choose to, our fuzzy head could be a full head of well clumped, well curled, well moisturised, hair; and that, totally naturally (no wave, no weave, no Texlaxer). (Thank you #PinkeCube) Or a head of well stretched hair…Let see how we can retain hair length by keeping our cloud Stretched (which protective styling does) or keeping it Clumped (with maximum hydration)
We generally struggle to define our curls and most of us don’t even believe it is possible for natural 4b/c to have a defined curl pattern ! Since we believe it has no curl pattern, we wear it ‘fuzzy’ ! In its fuzzy state, our hair, will have the tendency to catch on fabrics and rough surfaces. Catching on and pulling will lead to the hair breaking up! Repetitive catching on and pulling will lead to no length retention! So although an afro is beautiful, it is not the best, if we plan length retention…
Unless, like many Youtubers and Naturals you opt for styles that stretch our ‘cloud’, then protect the strands from breaking.. Protective styling options (Buns, twist, …), or low manipulation stretched styles (bantu-knots out, twist out, braid out..) allow to reduce the amount of kink in the hair, reducing therefore hair ‘snaps’ by ‘catch and pull’.
The Youtuber that best represent to me low manipulation stretched styles for length retention is JoStylin. JoStylin is now HipLength, thanks to keeping her hair stretched and in protective styling on a regular Basis. (Credit to JoStylin)
Now, some Naturals including some Youtubers, barely do ‘Protective Styling’ or stretch their hair and still manage to retain a great deal of length !
How to they do it ?
The secret lady is to get your cloud to form a head of well defined curls. That way, when the curl pattern is well defined, there is almost no need for protective styling!! Why is it ? Because, the individual strands of hair have less chances to catch on fabrics since they are clumped together into defined curls.
The best way to get our hair to clump is the MHM (Maximum Hydration Method – PinkeCube). See article here.
The Youtuber that best represent to me low manipulation clumped styles for length retention is Bootyfurl. Bootyfurl is now TailBone length thanks to saturating her hair with moisture (and very often ‘bagging’ her hair). (Credit to Bootyfurl)
So Ladies, are you more #Stretched or #Clumped ?
You can choose either methods or both, as ways to always ensure that your hair is always well moisturised and protected from breakage ! That will make significant difference in your hair length retention journey 🙂