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Natural hair growth tips! Growing your hair can be challenging but with consistency, healthy natural hair and growth can be achieved.
When I cut my hair years ago, I didn’t have a plan to grow long natural hair. The plan was to have chemical-free, healthy hair that is all mine. I will be sharing with you the secret to growing healthy natural long hair.
How do I grow my Natural Hair?
With so many hair products on the shelves labeled for black women, how do you know which product you need? I will be sharing some natural hair growth tips with you that will help you no matter where you are in your hair journey.
To grow your natural hair, healthy hair habits and consistency is the key! You need to establish good hair habits and dedication. In simple words, you need a hair regime. Your hair regime is your hair routines and the healthy hair practices you do. So let me share my simple hair regime with you to help you with your natural hair growth goal. It worked for me!
A simple natural hair regime for beginners
The key to a good natural hair regime is to keep it simple. There is no point in having a lot of routines you know you won’t be able to stick to. I will be sharing the basic hair regime here. As you get used to this routine and you understand your hair better, you will be able to make adjustments based on the need of your hair.
- CO-WASH YOUR HAIR OFTEN
A co-wash is when you wash your natural hair with conditioner only. Co-washing your hair will cleanse and condition your hair. If you wear your hair out, you should consider co-washing your hair 2 or 3 times a week. Here is a list of my 5 best conditioners for natural hair.
- SHAMPOO YOUR HAIR ONLY WHEN DIRTY
Washing your hair too often with shampoo will make your hair dry and strip it of oils. Generally, I wash my hair once a month with shampoo. It is important to avoid sulfate shampoos. Here are my top 3 favorite sulfate-free shampoos for natural hair.
- DEEP CONDITION
Deep conditioning your natural hair helps restore moisture and natural shine to your hair. If you wear your hair out, you should deep condition at least twice a month. I use a hooded dryer attachment to deep condition my hair. My two favorites deep conditioners are below
- DRY HAIR WITH MICROFIBER TOWEL OR SOFT T-SHIRT
Normal bath towels pull on natural hair. To avoid hair breakage use a microfiber hair towel or an old cotton t-shirt.
- USE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
Leave-In Conditioner provides extra moisture for your natural hair and makes it softer. Water-based leave-in conditioners are the best for keeping hydrated. Here are my favorite three.
Oils give your natural hair shine, make it soft, and helps seal in moisture. I usually make an oil mix of my 3 or 4 favorite oils with a few drops of essential oils. Pick one moisturizing oil, one sealing oil and mix 8 drops of the essential oil of your choice to create your oil mix.
For extra moisture and to stimulate natural hair growth, massage your scalp with your oil mix weekly or twice a month.
- AVOID HEAT
Avoid using heat from blow dryers, flat irons on your natural hair. If you want to use a blow dryer, use the medium setting and use the comb attachment.
- DETANGLE/COMB GENTLY
Natural hair is fragile and you should avoid detangling or combing your hair when it is dry to avoid hair breakage. Detangle and comb your natural hair in the shower with conditioner and section into 2 or 4. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle. Be gentle with your edges, they are very fragile.
- WEAR A SATIN BONNET TO SLEEP
- TRIM YOUR HAIR
Regular trimming of natural hair helps reduce single strand twists, tangles, and knots. You should trim your hair every six months or as needed to keep it healthy.
- PROTECTIVE STYLES
Protective styles are styles that require low to no manipulation of your hair. Here is a post on protective styles for natural hair. It is important to take care of your natural hair while in protective styles. Avoid leaving your protective styles with extension in for too long to avoid breakage to your hair. Avoid styles that pull your edges, your edges are very fragile.
- DRINK WATER, EAT YOUR VEGETABLES
Drinking water and eating your vegetables not only keep you healthy but helps in promoting hair growth. An overall balanced diet will aid in healthy hair and growth.
NATURAL HAIR GROWTH TIPS
After establishing a regime and following it for 3 months, you should know your hair and the best products that work well for your natural hair fairly enough now. Let’s talk about things you can do to minimize hair loss/breakage and also to promote growth.
- Protein Treatment
Protein treatments help keep your hair strong and promote elasticity. It should be done every 4 weeks- 8 weeks. It is important to not overuse protein treatment to avoid dry brittle hair from protein overload. Personally, I do a protein treatment, once every 12 weeks. I use the Aphogee 2 Step protein treatment
- Hair Vitamins
There are a lot of hair vitamins at the vitamin aisle at the pharmacy that promotes natural hair growth by providing the vitamins you might be deficient in.
- Hair Growth Oil
Remember, consistency is key to natural hair growth. Following a good hair regime will yield healthy natural hair.
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