How to Protect Your Hair and Retain Length Long luscious Locks

How to Protect Your Hair and Retain Length

Long luscious locks of hair, flowing all around in the air …. Does this represent your dream of having long hair that are healthy and beautiful? Read on to know how to protect long hair and what is the difference between hair growth and length retention.

There are three stages of growth.

All of which are occurring simultaneously in different strands of hair.

These include :

Anagen phase


Catagen phase

Telogen phase

In the anagen phase, follicles embed themselves into the skin and new hair fibers are created. Hair growth at this stage is proportional to the length of time the follicles are buried in the skin.

In catagen phase, the new hairs are pushed out of the skin and new hair growth is visible. In this stage, follicle renews itself.

In the telogen phase, follicle remains inactive for one to four months, after which the first phase is started afresh.

It is important to point out here that hair growth is predetermined by genes and one can only improve hair health of the new fibers and retain length.

Hair length, therefore, is all about the keeping hair from having split ends and prevent excessive breakage. Note that hair is always growing and focusing on length retention will yield long beautiful hair strands.

Heat Treatment

This treatment is built on the idea that hair grows faster and retain longer in warmer climates, so in this treatment, the electricity is used to heat up hair follicles. Termed as “capillary regenerator” this technique does increase blood flow. However, we do not condone this treatment.


Is effective for those patients experiencing circulatory issues


but is not effective for other symptoms it claims to treat.

Avoid Sulfates based Shampoos

Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) is commonly used in shampoos to act as leathering agent. However, SLS exposure causes dryness and brittleness.


Can remove dirt and grime.


Exposure will open up follicles and expose them to atmosphere thereby weakening them.

Hair fibers will get fizzy and start splitting.

There are a lot  on market sulfate-free hair products-research from here

Gelatin Treatment

Gelatin is a collagen, which is itself a protein that consists of amino acids. Gelatin has been dried out and pulverized. In ancient days, it was a staple of human diet due to high consumption of animal bone broth, but this has declined. Gelation is now consumed externally from other sources.


Gelatin will support follicle and papilla, which will keep hair strong.

Scalp skin is improved by gelatin (protein)

Gelatin also helps joints and bones.


Eating too much gelatin can cause digestive issues.

Mallow Treatment

Malva Verticillata, AKA called Chinese Mallow, has been gaining popularity as an alternative medicine. Researchers have found out that Mallow seeds can manipulate Wnt/β-catenin pathway, which can lead to more β-catenin levels. Thereby, this can be helpful in treating certain hair loss conditions.



A natural way to combat hair fall.


Scientific studies are still required to determine whether Mallow has side effects and what should be the dosage guidelines. So, excessive use should be avoided.

Mineral Oil

A petroleum product that is colorless and is sometimes included in hair products. It is touted as a way too keep hair shine and prevent fizziness. Some alternatives to mineral oil include coconut oil and olive oil.


It can hold moisture which can keep hair from getting dry.

Reduces scalp inflammation


Mineral oil may contain carcinogenic.

Since it holds moisture, this can lead to developing of blackheads on the skin, Which can prevent proper hair growth.

Shea Butter

A recent fad in hair maintenance is to apply shea butter to hair or consume via your diet. This has been touted as a natural hair lengthener and an alternative to chemicals found in hair products. This is natural nourishment source, anti-oxidant and hair protection source.


Helps seals in moisture which, as stated above, is good for hair health.

Much better than soft gels, which are chemicals that cause damages.

Shea butter is awesome for keeping curls together, in fact, curly hairs benefit the most with this.

Shea butter has an SPF of 3-10, which can prevent damage from UV rays.


As with mineral oil, excessive moisture control can lead to either formation of blackheads on skin or dehydration of hair (as no water will reach the follicles)

Can be greasy and stain the clothing,

It is heavier than other products,


This article compared pros and cons of several methods that can be employed to retain hair length. A common theme observed throughout is that most of these treatments are not fully backed by science and hence must be used with caution. Some benefits are observed and since these are natural remedies, will not cause damages like chemical products.












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