So you’ve perfected your hair care regimen, you’ve nixed most of your bad hair care habits, and you’re on the path to long, healthy hair. Or are you? Sometimes in the beginning of your hair journey, it may be difficult to tell if you’re on the right path or wandering in the dark. You’re bound to make a mistake or two and possibly experience a setback on your journey to long hair, but these eight steps are surefire signs that your hair is thriving and will serve as a guidepost to your progress.
1. Fewer to No Split Ends
If you’re having a hard time finding split ends in your hair these days, congratulations are in order. Split ends are an instant sign of damaging hair care practices, so when you eliminate bad hair care practices, it’s only natural to experience fewer to no split ends. If you’re keeping your hair moist and keeping manipulation of your strands to an absolute minimum, split ends should be a thing of your hair care past.
2. No Broken Hairs on the Floor
It’s natural to see shed hairs in your comb or brush when you groom your hair, but broken hairs all over the floor or on your shirt is cause for concern. When hair goes through the normal shedding process, the shed hair is usually the length of your hair, and the root of the hair strand, a white bulb, is typically attached to the end. This indicates that the hair strand shedded from your scalp and did not break off. When hair breaks, the broken hair is usually shorter than your hair’s entire length and the root is missing from the hair strand. It’s normal to shed up to 100 strands of hair each day, but seeing little hairs all over the floor when you groom your hair is a sign of breakage and split ends. As you start to take better care of your hair, it’ll sustain less damage and hopefully breakage will come to a complete halt.
3. Your Hair is Always Manageable
Harsh shampoos and hair styling aids with all types of weird ingredients can leave your hair frazzled and hard to manage. This all a part of the cyclical plan many hair care companies have for our hair with the ultimate goal of keeping us dependent on their hair products to manage our hair, but that’s for another post. When you use hair products with a pH that is suitable for our hair’s needs, managing your hair will instantly become a breeze. Manageable hair is much easier to style, breaks less frequently, and ultimately retains length faster than hair that is unruly and hard to control.
4. You No Longer Suffer From Chronically Dry Hair
From a lack of deep conditioning to excessive heat styling, chronically dry hair has a variety of causes. Dry hair is the result of bad hair care practices but it’s also the culprit of many negative hair care setbacks. Although split ends have several causes, dry hair is one of the top culprits. Dry hair also makes your tresses harder to manage and style and just creates a cycle of negative hair growth outcomes. It takes time to fix dry hair problems, but if you work to figure out the cause of your dry hair and replace those practices with dry hair remedies, eventually you’ll notice your hair becoming softer and easier to manage.
5. You Handle Your Hair with a Patient and Gentle Touch
When you style your hair in a hurry or even while you’re angry, you tend to shred through your hair without a care for how this can affect your hair’s health and condition. This is the perfect makings of broken and damaged hair. Our hair’s condition is ultimately dependent on the things that we do to our hair, how we handle it mechanically. I like to think of our hair as a precious cashmere sweater. Cashmere, no matter how expensive, is ultimately a fiber. The gentler you handle cashmere, the longer it’ll last and the longer it’ll retain it’s like new appearance. We should strive to handle our hair in the same manner. The gentler you handle your hair strands, the longer you’ll preserve them, and the longer they’ll grow. Everytime you touch your hair there is an opportunity to create damage, but if you always handle your hair like a fine, precious cashmere sweater, you’ll submit your hair to much less stress and tension, and your hair will sustain much less damage.
6. You Have Noticeable Gains in Hair Length
Noticeable gains in length is the most obvious sign of being on the path to reaching your long hair goals, and it’s the sign that most of us look for. If you’re submitting your hair to so much damage that it breaks just as fast as it grows, your hair won’t gain very much length. When you’re treating your hair like the precious mane that it is, you’ll notice gains in length as soon as 4 weeks to a couple of months.
7. You Accept Your Hair’s Limits
This sign isn’t really measurable in outwardly apparent terms, but it’s still significant. When you really start to accept what your hair can and can’t do, you’ve really reached the pinnacle of doing only what works for your hair. Some people may be able to wear their hair down everyday, while others have to practically live in protective hairstyles to gain noticeable length, but that isn’t your concern. Your focus should only be on what your hair can withstand. On the journey to long hair, when you stop focusing on what someone else’s hair can and can’t do and only focus on your hair’s limits, you free yourself to the possibility of finally growing the long, healthy tresses you’ve always desired.
8. You Feel Good and Confident About Your Hair
When our hair doesn’t grow or is hard to manage, confidence in our hair tends to wane and neglect of our hair isn’t far behind. When you finally find out what your hair needs to thrive, something magical happens. You start to feel good about your hair. You’re confident that no matter what comes your way, you can always make your hair look its best and behave as it should. When you feel good and confident about your hair, you don’t neglect it and you make the proper care and handling of your hair a top priority.