Trying to find tips on black hair growth?
Ever been in a debate about how to grow black hair?
I bet someone's tried to convince you that long hair is something only few Black and African American women can have naturally. I hope you haven't bought into it.
With a relaxer you have to get a touch up every so often right? That means your hair does grow.
Rough handing, over processing and using the wrong products cause hair damage and breakage. If your hair breaks as fast as it grows, you'll never see length.
Let your body take care of the growth while you protect and nurture your hair. Over time, the inches add up, and before you know it you'll have long beautiful hair.
In this beginners guide on how to grow Black hair you'll get the top tips for growing long Black and African American hair.
Before we get into the core of how to grow black hair longer, here's a quick tip.
"Whether you believe you can or you can't, you're right." That old saying goes for growing black hair too. You have to really believe you can have the long hair you want to actually get it.
Here are the major guidelines to black hair growth. The closer you stick with these rules the healthier your hair will be.
When you're just beginning your healthy hair journey it's best to start with a clean slate. Have all split and damaged ends cut off your hair. It might seem counterproductive but it's important. Damaged, split ends will always set you back.
Moisture is what makes your hair flexible and keeps it from breaking. Water is the only thing that provides that moisture. Wash and condition your hair once or twice a week to keep it healthy, hydrated and strong.
If your hair's dry, relaxed, color treated or damaged, deep conditioning is very important. Moisture is what keeps your hair manageable and builds elasticity into the strands. Do a deep conditioning treatment once a week for 30 minutes with a steamer or hooded dryer for your healthiest hair.
Dry hair is one of the biggest culprits of breakage that prevents retaining black hair growth. Black and African American hair is dry by nature and needs a lot of moisture to stay supple. Counter this with daily leave-in moisturizer (not hair grease) that's main ingredient is water. Focus on the ends of your hair since that is the oldest part and the most likely to dry and break off.
Protective styling is one of the keys in how to grow Black hair. When you wear these styles your hands stay out of your hair and it doesn't get caught in things since it's tucked away. This cuts down on breakage while keeping your ends from drying out and splitting.
Most products geared towards Black and African American hair care are loaded with petroleum oil and other heavy synthetic pore clogging ingredients that weigh hair down.
Natural hair oils like castor, jojoba, coconut and shea are much healthier for our hair.
Good nutrition is important for healthy hair growth. Even if you do eat a well-balanced diet, take a good hair supplement with biotin and the other essential nutrients. It enhances the growth and health of your hair and has the potential to double your hairs' growth rate.
Just as quality soil is the foundation of healthy plants, a healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair and black hair growth. Regular scalp massages with natural oils encourage circulation and bring nutrient rich blood to the follicles for faster healthier hair growth.
You might be tempted to not trim your hair since you're trying to grow it long but it's an important part of the process. Untrimmed split ends travel up the length of your hair causing damage and breakage. Micro-trim your ends every three or so months and they'll stay healthy and split end free.
Over using blow dryers and flat irons dries your hair out causing split ends, damage and breakage. Use gentle or no heat styling techniques like wet sets with a bonnet dryer or air drying to keep your hair healthy and growing strong. If you use flat and curling irons as well as blow dryers stick to low to medium heat settings.
Plastic combs and brush bristles shred and tear your hair over time leading to split ends and damage. Use seamless bone combs and boar bristle brushes to help your hair grow stronger and healthier. These combs and brushes don't catch your hairs and pull them out.
When you toss and turn at night your hair rubs against cotton pillowcases that your hair out. Protect your hair with a silk or satin scarf or pillowcase.
If you get chemical applications done, it's best to stick with a single type. For example, if you relax don't color and if you color don't relax. Double processing makes your hair brittle, weak and prone to breakage.
If you get relaxers one thing that can help with length accumulation is going as long as possible between each one. Doing that allows your hair to grow out more and cuts the chance of over processing.
You're the boss when it comes to the care and maintenance of your hair. Never allow a stylist to dictate what should and shouldn't happen. If you don't feel comfortable, walk away.
Make sure they listen to you and don't be afraid to ask as many question as you need to about what they do and put in your hair. I've seen gorgeous hair ruined because of overbearing stylists. Don't let it happen to you.
One of the most important things in how to grow Black hair is using the right products and tools. Here're the 7 most important tools to use in your hair growing regimen.
Deep conditioning is important African American and black hair growth. For best results always use heat with your conditioner. The best way is with a plastic cap and a quality hair steamer. Use one to do regular deep conditioning two or three times a week and you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Direct heat from blow dryers damage Black and African American hair. The gentle heat that comes from a bonnet dryer is actually good for your hair and creates endless styling options with different setting techniques.
Plastic combs with seams have microscopic ridges that rip and tear your hair shaft causing damage over time.
The best combs are bone combs, not to be confused with bone colored combs. Bone combs are made of actual bone and not from plastic. They're high quality and last forever.
Using the right shampoo and conditioner sets the tone for the rest of your hair care experience. Find the rights ones and each wash day transforms your hair from dry and brittle to smooth and hydrated.
For better black hair growth, protect your hair when you sleep with either a satin scarf or pillow case (better yet both). Cotton pillowcases dry your hair out and cause split ends and breakage.
Your ends, the oldest and driest part of your hair, need extra special care. Keep them healthy and conditioned with a good daily leave-in conditioner or moisturizer. This is called 'sealing' and is one of the best ways to retain length.
Split ends are one of the biggest causes of hair damage. The only way to get rid of them permanently is to cut them off with a very sharp pair of scissors. Get one of your own and snip away splits as they come up. For best results, never use your hair scissors on anything but your hair. It makes them dull and less effective.
Do you know how to grow Black Hair with protective hairstyles? If you've heard the term before you know it's one of the best ways to keep your hair healthy and damage free. Two of the best styles for growing long hair are braids and certain types of weaves.
Here are some tips on how to get more Black hair growth by using protective styling techniques.
Weaves done with any type of glue or bonding aren't good protective styles because every time you take them out some hair has a tendency to go with it. The only safe option for hair growth is a sewn in.
Partial or full sewn in weaves work best, but you should still be careful. Hair damage can become a problem if it extensions are installed or taken out the wrong way.
Braids have been a long-time favorite with Black and African American women for giving hair 'a break' and growing it out. As simple and convenient as they are they come with their own set of issues like possible breakage, thinning edges and shedding.
The best way to prevent these types of problems is to do bigger braids like box braids and cornrows (both great for black hair growth) and stay away from micros.
It's important to change your extensions every 2-3 months to keep your hair healthy. When your hair's in extensions it's hard if not impossible to deep condition properly, so you have to do it between braid and weave applications. It's also good to check your ends every so often for damage and to see if they need trimming.
Pre-treating extension hair is something most people don't do but it helps keep your hair healthier over time. Some extension hair (like Kanekalon) is processed with chemicals that can weaken and break your own hair.
Get rid of the chemicals by soaking the hair in a bowl of warm water with a cup of vinegar added for 30 minutes. Rinse completely, air dry and spray down with leave-in conditioner before you use it to braid.
The most important thing to do when you have braids or weave in is to moisturize. Skip this step and your own hair becomes very dry and brittle. Use a moisturizing braid spray like Better Braids to keep your hair soft and scalp itch free.
Use these tips along with braids and weaves to help you achieve your black hair growth goals.
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