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Debunking the Myths of Length Retention

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Debunking the Myths of Length Retention

Calling all hair divas! How many of you are wishing that you could have longer tresses but have no idea where to start? Trust me, sis, I think we’ve all been there at some point. Scrolling through Instagram and Youtube, you see all the hair gurus with super long hair, and you can’t help but envy them. There’s no way that you can possibly have longer, healthier hair that looks like theirs...or is it? Believe it or not, it’s possible. There’s a bunch of myths about length retention rolling around, and we’re going to debunk five of them for you right now.

Length Retention Myth #1: You can only have long hair if it’s in your genes.

I’ve heard this so many times, and the fact is that it’s just not true. There are things you can do to your hair and your body to encourage it to grow longer and healthier. In the same breath, there are things you can do to see the exact opposite. While genetics will definitely play a role in your texture, your hair can grow and keep the length if you take care of it regardless of your genetic background. Granted, it may take you longer than others because of your genetics, but make no mistake-- it can be done if you’re patient and follow the steps. 


Length Retention Myth #2: You must use a bunch of different products to get your hair to grow.

I’ve seen product junkies swear that they have to use a combination of 12 different products to get length results. I hate to break it to you, but they’re considered junkies for a reason. Truth is, you only need one of each of the following product types to get your hair to be healthy- shampoo, moisturizing conditioner,  protein conditioner, leave-in moisturizer, and oil. Everything else is just a treat for your tresses. Luckily, the Shedavi Collection has each of these products available to you, so you won’t need to mix and match!


Length Retention Myth #3: You shouldn’t trim your hair if you want your hair to grow.

This may be the dumbest myth that I’ve ever run across. Not trimming your hair is counterproductive to length retention because the longer you try to hold on to scraggly looking ends, the more that the split ends can creep up the shaft and make your hair resemble a mangy puppy. There’s nothing cute about crusty ends, and keeping them clipped will ensure that your hair continues to look healthy and the length of your hair stays long. 


Length Retention Myth #4: You have to wash your hair every week for length retention.

Unless you sweat a lot or use a lot of product, there really is no need to wash your hair every single week. The more you wash, the more potential it is for your hair to dry out, which leads to breakage-- the cause of our inability to have length retention. Try to space out your washes to be less frequent - every two weeks is good. If your hair starts to look lifeless, you can just do a co-wash to return to its natural luster. Shedavi Crown Co-Wash is an excellent in-between washes solution, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of frequent wash days.


Length Retention Myth #5 You have to do something to hair every day for it to grow.

The final myth we’re going to debunk is that you have to do something to your hair every day if you want to see growth. In actuality, less is more. This is why women who use protective styles like our CEO Elizabeth have such long, beautiful tresses. In addition to using Shedavi products, she also keeps her hair protected at all times-- limiting the amount of manipulation and allowing her hair to thrive naturally.

                Wigs                              Faux Locs/ Braids                      Sew-Ins


If you adopt a similar process, I guarantee that you will get the results you’re looking for with hair length retention.

What are some other myths that you’ve seen floating around concerning length retention? Tell us about them in the comments!


Written by Bianca Scott


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