What is the secret to growing long natural hair??? This is the question that all the naturalistas out there want the answer to. For the lucky, select few, long hair just happens naturally. While for some of us, growing natural hair is a struggle. It takes time, effort, patience and a good hair care routine to grow long natural hair. If you have been struggling, then these tips will be a guide to helping you reaches your Hair Goals.
Wash, Co-Wash And Condition Your Hair Regularly
Natural hair and scalp needs to be cleansed and hydrated at least once a week, and if necessary, co-washed in between washes. A clean scalp promotes healthy hair growth by removing surface build-up and debris. To avoid stripping your hair of moisture, try washing your hair with a sulphate-free shampoo. Always follow a wash with a conditioner in order to replenish moisture lost during the wash process.
Deep Condition Regularly
Deep Conditioning is one of the important steps towards growing healthy long hair. Natural hair is predominantly dry. Therefore, it is important to spend time helping your hair stay moisturized. Deep condition your hair once a week. Leave in for at least 20 minutes and rinse out. Deep conditioning helps to restore moisture to dry and damaged hair, reduces frizz and flattens the cuticles of the hair.
Take vitamins to boost hair growth
There are many supplements and vitamins available on the market that helps boost hair growth. Vitamins help support your hair’s strength, which results in less breakage and long healthy hair. Taking a daily multivitamin fortified with the necessary nutrients, vitamins and extracts can assist the hair growth process.
Use Penetrating Oils
It takes time for nutrients to travel from the root to the tip of a strand. Therefore, it is important to infuse hair with oils can be easily absorbed by the hair, strengthening and nourishing hair in the process. Avoid the use of mineral oils and petroleum-based products that only coats the hair and are not absorbed by the hair. The coat makes it more difficult for hair to absorb moisture, resulting in dry hair. Try light, natural oil like castor oil, coconut oil, lavender oil and olive oil that can be easily absorbed by the hair.
Take Care Of The Ends
The tip of your hair is the driest and most brittle part of your hair. Natural oils travels from root to tip, meaning that your ends receive the least amount of oils and product, which is why they are prone to breakage. So ensure that you trim ends regularly and when applying products, pay special attention to the tips. Make sure that you always moisturize and seal the tips.
Try Protective Styles
Natural hair is dry and prone to breakage, so avoid constant styling and always combing /brushing your hair. When combing, avoid small combs and use wide-tooth combs to reduce the amount of breakage and shedding. Protective styles like braids are an excellent way to protect hair from dryness and breakage. However, avoid tight braids that pull at your hair.
Avoid The Use Of High Heat On Your Hair
Extremely high temperature makes hair dry and brittle, which increases the chances of breakage. Reduce the use of blow dryers and flat irons on your hair. If you have to use a dryer, rather choose hooded dryers because they do not directly apply heat to your hair, reducing the chances of heat damage.
Cover Your Hair
In order to prevent your hair from loosing moisture while you sleep, cover your hair with a satin or silk bonnet/scarf or sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases and headscarves tend to snag hair and create tiny rips and tears. They also tend to suck the moisture out of your hair, which makes it more brittle and frizzy. Opt for satin or silk instead, as this material does not absorb oil like cotton or other synthetic fabrics do.
Drink More Water
Just like the skin, healthy hair starts from within. There is no better moisturizer for your hair than water. Water moisturizes and nourishes hair from the inside out. So make sure that you drink enough water everyday in order to keep your hair hydrated and to promote healthy hair growth.