10 Cons Of Having Long Natural Hair

10 Cons of Having Long Natural Hair (1)

The goal to reach long hair is one which many naturalistas work hard to achieve. No efforts are too small and your focus, energy and determination are parallel to those of a high-level athlete. You’re on the start line “armed” with magic vitamins for hair growth, whipped up crazy concoctions, the latest hair method to increase hair growth and all else that can help you reach the finish line – Long Hair! But wait! Have you thought about this? Do you really know what it takes to have and maintain long natural hair? It might not be all that glamorous. Here are 10 cons of having long natural hair.



1| Thinning/Porosity

The longer your hair grows the older the ends of your hair are. They have been exposed the longest to environmental conditions (the sun, the wind, cold winter), manipulation (styling, shampooing, towel drying), heat styling tools, chemicals (colouring, chlorine, perm, etc) and so forth.  The ends of your hair start to wear out and they get thinner from all the exposure which make them lose its protective (cuticle) layers, once some of these are chipped or broken the cortex is exposed and porosity can increase. You need to be very careful with this, read this post and this one.



2| Time-Consuming 

Short hair is a breeze compared to long hair, have you thought of this? Long hair takes longer to pre-poo, cleanse, detangle, apply products, style, dry… I’m tired already aren’t you? You will probably need to have, at least, 3 to 4 hours set aside for your washing routine (some will take longer) just to do all of this. If your girlfriends or boo call you up for a last minute program you can’t just shorten the process to an hour, unless you wanna be called the human frizz ball.



3| Protective Styles

All naturalistas and wannabes should have this one checked. We all know that curly hair can easily get dry, dull, frizzy, prone to breakage and all sorts of “ailments”. Protective styles help us to keep these problems at arms length, they support hair growth and they look stylish as well. However, when you have long hair they get harder to do, they take more time, and you know you need to protect those ends because of number 1. Ultimately, you might feel betrayed since you’re not able to show off your length and your curls as often as you want.



4| More Product Use/More Expensive

Product Junkie

Let’s face it, long hair needs more product to cleanse, condition and style. The life cycle of your products is shorter than when you have short hair and let’s touch base on the other side of this problem. Money! You end up spending more because you have to buy products more often, not to mention that some of the natural hair products are more expensive than the conventional ones. Oh, and don’t forget that when you go to your hairstylist they charge you more depending on hair length.



5| Summer Sauna

Long hair in the Winter is like a nice warm blanket you have around your face, shoulders and neck. However, this is not so nice when Summer comes along, it can be annoying. Your back, your neck and even you face getting sweaty. You may look like your going trough menopause with hot chills and sweat.



6| Gets In The Way 

If you’ve ever had long hair you know what this one means. When you have long hair it gets trapped very often and you can’t move your head properly. If your partner throws his arm around you, many times this is accompanied by a howl of pain as your hair is pulled. Long hair can get into places it shouldn’t be such as food, furniture and other people’s faces. And if you and your partner have a private time in the bedroom some adjustments are needed as your hair isn’t edible or a horse’s rein. Finally, having the wind blowing on your face may sound good, but trust me it only looks good on the cover of a magazine. Just try it in real life. OMG, sometimes you look like a crazy, homeless person (no offence here) and if it’s really windy you’re basically being whiplashed. Not a good picture.



7| More Tangles

Long hair can potentially mean more tangles. No, it definitely means more tangles if you’re not careful. The wind, your clothes, and accessories can all work against you. This means more time detangling and more chances to cause split ends and hair breakage.



8| Drying Time

HairdryerIt will take you longer to dry long hair, especially if you wear protective styles. If you leave the house with wet hair you can end up with frizzy hair. And if you use the blow dryer to speed up the process you can be doing more harm than good to your hair. Not allowing your hair to normally return to its natural curl pattern (by using heat) can damage your hair’s elasticity. This drastic and rapid process wears your hair out much like a rubber band and you can loosen your curl pattern or cause breakage.



9| Makes You Look Shorter

If you’re not a tall girl like me, long hair will make you look shorter. Like a walking pile of hair. I know that everyone looks good on TV with long hair, but real life is different. More often than not, having your hair cut short will look better on you, it will show your beauty.



10| Curl Pattern

Long hair means heavier hair, and heavier hair means your curl pattern will change. How is this so? Well, if your hair is heavier your curl pattern will be stretched, elongated. If you like to show off your curls and enjoy all the volume you get from them, long hair will kill some of the fun out of it. Unless, of course, you go to your stylist and layer your hair.



The reasons put forward in this post are not meant to convince you to abandon your cherished dream of having long hair. That would make me a hypocrite as I too long to have long natural hair. My purpose was to bring attention to all the disadvantages of having long hair and to help you consider all the facts on your transitioning journey.



Have you considered all these disadvantages? Can you add more to this list? Which one do you agree/disagree more with?


Featured Image Credit: @CurlyProverbz (Instagram)

12 thoughts on “10 Cons Of Having Long Natural Hair

  1. Hi Ana, I totally agree with all your point. Actually I face all of these issues. Mostly number 6 and 9. Nicely written article.

  2. Wow! You really can make a person think twice about keeping their hair long. I see why so many women are going with shorter hair!

  3. Monica,
    I have tried for years and can’t get my hair past my shoulders. Lately, I have been staying away from relaxers in an effort to try to get my hair to grow longer. Now, I am rethinking should I continue to try to grow my hair out. Long hair is so beautiful though.

    1. Hi Camille! Relaxers are never a good thing, but that’s just me being biased:). This article is meant to call your attention for those things that no one tells you about. I also agree that long hair is beautiful, if you want it go for it just be aware of the extra TLC it needs.

  4. Im so happy I found your website! It’s wonderful for mommas like me. I have a mixed daughter. She is two and I’ve been trying to get this hair down pat. I’m wondering how many times a week I should be washing her hair and if I should be pre pooing every time. I’ve just about read every article you have and found out that she has High porosity. So I need to make sure she’s getting enough moisture in her hair. What can I use daily to make sure I’m doing that. Honestly could you give me a routine or a run down on what I need to do or where I can start. If it’s not to much you can email me as well.

    1. Hi Jascy,

      I’m so happy you found lots of useful information here on the blog. Whether your little one has high or low porosity hair you can read this article to give you some help. As a disclaimer, the advice I give here is aimed at adults, but many of it may well serve your daughter.

      Children are more sensitive and as such the products you use should be aimed at her age. Doing a pre-poo with olive oil won’t do her any harm unless she as a specific allergy to it, however, I wonder if she (and you) will have the patience to do it for 1 or 2-hour prior you washing her hair.

      Having kids myself, the number of times you wash their hair will depend on how dirty they can get, and at two that can be quite often. I would use a sulphate free shampoo, a good conditioner and moisturiser to take care of her hair (check Shea Moisture or MahoganyNaturals.co.uk, they have a kids range). Use a vegetable oil to seal the moisture seal that moisture in and I would occasionally (2-3x/month) deep condition her hair if possible (she’s so little, bless her!). Just adding a bit of olive/coconut oil and honey to her conditioner will be fine (leave for a few minutes while she plays in the bathtub). Oh, don’t forget to favour protective hairstyles as they will keep her hair hydrated for longer and prevent damage.

      I hope this helps just a little Jascy. Read the links for further help.


  5. Does having longer natural hair hurt your scalp? Does it hurt the neck? Does it cause thinning at the scalp?
    I’m just wondering if anyone has experienced this.

    1. Having long natural hair will not hurt your scalp, your neck or cause thinning at the scalp, Linda. I have long natural hair and none of those symptoms, they are probably connected to some other condition. If this is happening to you contact your doctor.


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