Before getting in to the topic of fine hair length retention, I have to let you know that this is way past due. Actually, I waited because I wanted to show you my actual results growing my fine natural hair after getting it cut (a lot) three times. The cuts greatly pushed me away from my hair goals but now I’m that much closer due to what I’m about to share with you.
This post was originally written in 2020 but I’m flagging it to the top of the blog because there will be a follow up post coming soon.
When I think of secrets I think of things that the majority of people are not doing on a regular basis because they are unaware or it’s only known by very few.
Having fine hair, I have to do things to help me retain length that others may not require.
Depending on who you come across, the response to the question of “How do you retain length?” may vary. Some say protective styling. Some say protein/moisture balance. Yet, others say moisture, moisture, moisture. All of these responses are correct because length retention requires a concerted effort of them all.
However, I think that what I’m going to share will blow your mind…a little bit. Oh, and it may help you with retaining of length too. Let’s get to it!
Henna Every Day? (almost)
You’ve probably read about the benefits of using Henna. If not, you’ll find an exhaustive number of blogs posts or videos on the topic by simply searching the web (or clicking the above link, which is a comprehensive guide on using henna for beginners.
One thing you may know is a henna session can be pretty intensive – like 6 hours in a day (including rinsing and styling).
How about we cut that down by being able to apply henna to your hair throughout the week to provide constant strengthening by way of a spritz or a spray?
A henna spritz is something I have used a lot when I learned about it. It helped to set my hair up for strength it has today.
Since henna is a strengthening treatment with benefits that are more apparent the more you use it, it can make the hair feel a little hard. The way to counteract that is to use a leave in conditioner over it. You don’t need to use much because it can ruin your hair style.
Today, I use a green tea spray in place of the henna tea spray since my hair gets a bit of strength overload with the henna tea. The only remedy is to use a leave in conditioner over. That’s not something I want to do anymore so I use the green tea spray instead. Similar results.
How I Henna Today
In addition to quarterly henna sessions, I do henna glosses pretty regularly (like every 2 weeks). Along with low manipulation/protective styling and following my regular wash regimen, my results are sort of impressive for fine hair. Don’t you think?
Giving credit where credit is due, I learned what I know about creating henna tea from Curly Proverbz on Youtube. I would have never thought to use henna on my hair on a near regular basis. It’s nothing short of amazing and CP taught me that!
What I learned on my own was how to use this spritz up until the point where I needed to change how I used Henna. It seems quarterly treatments and glosses is what works best for my fine natural hair.
I’m totally in awe of the power of henna. It’s great that it’s all natural too. I don’t think I would’ve used it on my hair as regularly if it weren’t.
Benefits of Using Herbal Hair Teas
It doesn’t matter if you use henna tea spray, green tea spray or another herbal hair spray that’s formulated with herbs to strengthen and subsequently moisturize your hair. There’s a number of herbs that can be used to formulate a spritz.
After you spray your hair, be sure to seal in the moisture with a light weight oil. The benefits are two fold:
1- The herbs build up on the hair strands adding “weight” to the hair which also make it appear thicker
2- A constant infusion of strength is being given to your hair. As long as you are following with a leave in or other moisture balancing product, your hair will stay balanced.
There’s definitely more than a couple ways to ensure fine hair length retention. Yet, one thing you should never forget….
Whatever you do, consistency is key!