Are you tired of your natural hair being stuck at a particular length? Or you just had a cut and you want to grow out your kinks quickly? Natural hair thrives on special care and maintenance, but it is possible to grow out your natural hair to even waist length. You just need to follow these tips.
Wash weekly. Make sure you wash your hair at least every week with a sulphate-free shampoo. Healthy hair can only grow from a clean scalp. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo every week. Stay away from products with sulphates as they tend to dry up and weaken the hair. Pay special attention to your scalp while washing – rub with fingertips, don’t scratch with the fingernails.
Deep condition. After every wash, ensure you deep condition your hair. Deep conditioning restores some of the oil, nutrients and moisture lost during shampooing. It softens the hair and makes it more manageable, locking in moisture.
Trim. Do not hold on to weak ends. Going to the stylist’s for a trim at least every three to four months is advisable. Whenever you see weak ends, snip them off with a pair of hair shears or scissors. Typically, you wouldn’t need to trim off more than an inch or half.
Moisturise. Never let your hair get so dry that it crackles like Rice Krispies when you touch it. Keep your hair moisturised with water and a leave in conditioner. Use oils like coconut oil or olive oil to lock in moisture.
Protect. At least once in a month, do protective styles like cornrows, twists, weaves etc. These will keep your ends tucked in and safe from constant manipulation. However, while your hair is in a protective style, it still needs to be moisturised, and your scalp needs to be clean too. Also protect your hair with a satin cap or pillowcase when going to bed, as the rubbing of cotton against your strands and cause breakage, thereby not allowing you to retain length.
Avoid heat and limit colouring. As much as possible, avoid straightening or blow drying with heat, as this weakens the hair strands. Opt for heatless stretching methods instead like banding or African threading. Keep colour treatments to the limit as chemical dyes breakdown the protein in the hair, weakening the strands and causing breakage.Detangle instead of combing: Avoid excessive combing as this will only lead to breakage. Instead, carefully detangle your hair with a conditioner while washing.
Detangle instead of combing. Avoid excessive combing as this will only lead to breakage. Instead, carefully detangle your hair with a conditioner while washing.Protein: Do protein treatments at least once in a month to strengthen the hair and prevent breakage.
Protein. Do protein treatments at least once in a month to strengthen the hair and prevent breakage.
Diet. Let your diet be rich in protein and vitamins. Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and drink a lot of water – a poor diet will affect total health, including your hair.
Patience. Above all, you will need to be patient in order to see results. Especially because shrinkage makes it look like your hair is not really growing – and that’s biologically impossible. Doing length checks every few months is a great way to keep track of how much your hair has grown