In case anyone else has a similar question, I wanted to post this on the blog. 🙂 I will periodically be reposting Formspring questions or those I receive via email to share with the crew.
Q: What factors do you contribute to your phenomenal retention? You’ve made amazing progress since your BC.
A: My answer is low manipulation. I cannot stress this enough. I feel as if many times people are anxious to start doing styles (or they do not like how their hair looks in a wash and go) and they are constantly pulling/coaxing their hair. I didn’t do a wet ponypuff until a year after my BC, and I just started doing buns a couple of weeks ago, even if people told me my hair was long enough before. Also, I do twists and braids, but I don’t do them several times a week. If you need to stretch your hair to prevent tangles, by all means do it, but try to keep that style for at least a few days (like twisting, keeping the twists in for 3-4 days, then do a twist out for a couple). For the most part, I leave my hair alone. I have gotten flack for not doing enough styles or tutorials, but I’m not going to be pulling my hair every which way to please others. Sometimes you just need to leave it alone! For example, here is a pic of my hair today. Although it’s in a bun, I consider this a low manipulation style. I did not strain my edges in order to fit my bangs into the ponytail, I just tucked them behind my ears (one side I used a bobby pin to hold it) so I’m not pulling on my hair at all. The bun part is basically an incomplete twice looped ponytail – and instead of stuffing all of my ends into the one scrunchie and making it a tight fit (which can strain ends), I used two more smaller hair ties to hold the runaway ends in place, and did not loop them at all. Thankfully, my hair is thick, so I have no trouble holding it in position. I also moisturized and sealed my ends before doing this style to reduce pull on my ends.
Hope this helps some peeps. xoxo