8 Simple And Easy Ways To Grow Your Hair Longer.
How do I get my hair to grow? How do I get to grow it faster? How do i get to grow my hair longer?
These are all common questions that most black girls or even girls in general ask. Before we talk about any hair tips, it’s important for you to understand that your hair IS GROWING!!!
There are 3 common reasons why you’re not seeing any hair growth. You can read them here.
In most cases, your hair is breaking at the same rate that it was growing, given the appearance of retrogressive hair growth.
You may also want to read the differences between hair growth and breakage.
The key to growing long, healthy hair is to follow a healthy hair regimen. Growing healthy hair requires proper care and maintenance, and without handling your hair delicately it could lead to serious breakage, hair loss or possible balding.
A healthy hair regimen is a balanced hair regimen that consists of; cleansing with a sulfate-free shampoo that is free from harmful chemicals to remove build-up and grime. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, a deep conditioner and/or protein treatment as needed to help strengthen, repair and prevent damage of the hair.
Here are 10 things that helped me see 6 inches of hair growth in a year or less
1. Shampoo, Co-Wash and Rinse As Needed
Natural hair by nature is very porous, meaning has a high porosity, and mine is no different.
My scalp and hair need to be cleansed and re-hydrated at least every once in 2 weeks and sometimes, co-washed in between.
A clean scalp promotes healthy hair growth by removing build-ups, dead skin, and other unwanted dirt in the hair. Cleansing more frequently like once in 2 weeks is perfectly okay if you’re using a gentle sulfate-free cleanser.
I discussed this in more detail in my guide to healthy hair. In between shampoos, I Co-wash or Rinse (run water through my hair without shampoo or conditioner) my hair especially in summer.
2. Pay Attention To Those Ends
A lot of times we pay less attention to the oldest part of our hair, that is the ends. They are the last part to receive moisture and product, but they are the first to lose these things. In addition to trimming split damaged ends, you should apply your product for ends to tips. Always, always moisturize and seal your ends.
If you like these great FREE tips, you’ll LOVE Guide to Healthy Hair
3. Less Manipulation
As much as I love to style my hair, it can be somewhat temperamental — and I’ve found that it thrives when left alone. I dare not comb or brush this tightly-curled hair daily, not even every other day. Low manipulation or protective styles, like twists or braids, protect my hair from manual breakage and moisture loss.
4. Work In Sections
I have been blessed with a very thick head of hair. It’s beautiful, I love it, but it can be challenging. The longer my hair grows, the thicker it becomes.
Everything must be done in 4-6 sections, from shampooing to conditioning to moisturizing to detangling. These ensure full coverage.
5. Penetrating Oils Work Best
The first few years of my natural hair journey I used Andrea Hair Growth Essence. This really helped my hair growth journey, especially in the winter. Shea Butter is a natural moisturizer, great for sealing in the moisture. So with that, I mix the Andrea with the Shea Butter.
The problem is, it only coats my hair because of the cold weather. Lighter oils, like coconut or olive oil, actually absorb into the hair, giving it the ability to strengthen and reinforce the hair’s internal structure. Read more about the benefits of penetrating oils.
6. Never Skip the Leave-In Conditioner
For some, a leave-in conditioner is optional. Not for me! Especially if I want beautifully, defined curls. I love how my curls turn out to be after i apply a leave-in conditioner.
Whenever I see my curls defined and popping, I say to myself, “Yes, this is what I went natural for!” Leaving in your conditioner minimizes frizz, dryness, and flattens the hair cuticle for fewer tangles and moisture loss.
7. Take A Multivitamin
I know there are a lot of hair supplements on the market but I don’t trust them.
Taking in nutrients that your body isn’t deficiency of can be disastrous. Hypervitaminosis or vitamin poisoning can lead to adverse side effects such as hair loss, acne, and even death…
Besides many nutrients rely on each other to actually get the job done. For example, biotin is almost ineffective if taken in the absence of zinc to inhibit shedding.
A simple multivitamin and well-balanced diet is all you need for healthy hair. Read more about vitamins for healthy hair.
8. Drink More Water for Hydrated Hair
When it comes to hair care it’s very easy to focus on the external. It’s the same way with your skin — when you have dry skin or hair, you look for the nearest moisturizer.
Doing this only covers up dryness (not the most effective way to treat it). Moisturize and nourish your hair and skin from the inside out by drinking water. I notice a huge difference in both my hair and skin when I started drinking more water daily.
What’s your best tip for growing longer hair?
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