1. You ignore breakage.
Chances are, your hair natural hair isn’t longer is that you have split ends which are breaking off your hair at the same rate as it is growing. The only reasonable thing to do is to trim your hair (2-3 inches). While it is not possible to fully eliminate breakage entirely, it is possible to keep it to it to a minimum by being very gentle, using detangling products and being patient when handling your hair.