Why is low manipulation so important to length retention?
Updated: May 25
Natural hair needs to be treated with care. It is essential that you do not over manipulate yours so as to preserve the strength hair strands.
One of the ways to do that is to acquire some simple styles to your repertoire that can be worn for at least a week. Typically, these are the types of styles that can be done on your own and do not require a huge amount of time and energy.
From my years of experience behind the chair, I have noticed I know that most people will not do their hair if it takes too long or too complicated.
I am recommending styles that you can accomplish on your own and that do not require a huge amount of time and energy. If it takes too long or it is too complicated, you’ll be less likely to do it.
The goal of most naturals is to retain length; therefore it is important that we add low manipulation styles to our repertoire.
Hair typically sheds between 50-100 strands a day; so while it is in a low manipulation style, it sheds less and retains more length. Natural hair has to cuddled like a baby; so, low manipulation styles allow hair to rest and retain the strands.
Ideally, you should be styling your hair in styles that last for at least five to seven days, require no manipulation, and allow you to sleep well. Styles like two strand twists, flat twists, wash n go’s, and twist out. If you must add extension to your hair, be sure to make it a style that is easy to manage and tension-free. If you leave your hair in a bun too long, it will start to tangle. Tangled hair requires more manipulation, which lead to breakage. Additionally, if hair is kept in bun for days, it is not getting moisturized, and lack of moisture will lead to breakage.
Have a happy hair day!