Happy Wednesday beautiful people! Growing long, beautiful and healthy hair is not an extremely difficult process. It does not require a multitude of salon hair products or handfuls of expensive vitamins. What it does take is "know how", dedication, and a lot of patience.
A lot of women focus on having only long hair, but your hair will not grow long if it isn't healthy. Below I have listed some tips on growing healthy hair.
1. The first step to growing long, beautiful hair is you must cut off every inch that is severely damaged. There is absolutely no way to repair damaged hair, you *must* start out with healthy hair to have healthy hair. If your hair is not very damaged up the entire shaft, you may start with a very healthy trim.
2. Always trim your ends often. Damage to your hair will move up from the ends and the only way to stop the damage in its tracks is to remove it as soon as it happens. Use good tools to trim your hair, using anything else can actually encourage more splitting down the road! It's important the shears you use are very sharp, made specifically for cutting hair, and used for nothing else. If your hair begins to show damage, it is important to trim it more often! Damaged hair doesn't grow, it breaks and if you let it go, damage will only increase with time.
3. Avoid using any heated appliances whenever possible. No blow drying, no curling irons, no hot rollers, and especially no flat irons or crimpers! If you absolutely must blow dry do so minimally. It is best to let your hair air dry. Only straighten or press out your hair on special occassions like your birthday, hair nappiversary or your wedding anniversary. Heat severely damages hair!
4. Don't use any harsh chemicals on your hair. Definitely no relaxers and no peroxide! Stay Natural! If you must color, use non peroxide color or 100% natural henna (henna comes in a full range of colors, and continuous use will inevitably cause damage.)
5. Avoid chlorine and saltwater. If you go swimming in either, clarify your hair as soon as possible after exposure. If you swim very often, invest in a good swimming cap (and to be really kind to your hair, apply deep conditioner and take advantage of the body heat that will be generated while you're wearing it).
6. Be careful of what kind of hair jewelry you use and be sure to use only hair-safe accessories. Never use metal barrettes and absolutely NEVER use rubberbands, they will tear your hair when you try to remove them. Avoid anything that has sharp or rough edges, such as plastic combs with rough seams or hair claws with metal hinges.
7. Never put your hair in any kind of style that will put undue stress on the roots or edges... no extremely tiny braids, no extremely tight puffs or ponytails. Pulling hair tight repeatedly commonly results in thinning sides, and edges.
8. Be gentle with your hair when it is wet. Don't rub your hair vigorously with a towel, gently squeeze the towel down the length of your hair.
10.Never comb or brush dry hair! This causes breakage! Use a denman brush, k-cutter or wide tooth comb when your hair is wet.
12.Detangle Hair with a really good conditioner. This helps the knots to easily slip out!
13. Do Not use sulfate shampoos to wash your hair. I can't stress this enough. These shampoos will dry your hair out leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. Co-Wash! And if you have to use a shampoo try using a sulfate free shampoo such as Elasta QP creme conditioning shampoo. Clarifying your hair with a ACV Rinse is a great way to clean, detox and remove build-up from your hair.
14. Rinse your hair in as cold water as you can stand. This will make your cuticles lay flat and less likely to snag and break.
15. Become familiar with the ingredients in your styling products. Once you know what affects your hair positively or detrimentally, you will be able to effectively choose products and ingredients that is best for your hair type.
16. Deep condition your hair regularly. Hot oil treatments using pure jojoba oil are a good alternative for very dry hair or for extra conditioning.
17. Lessen the friction on your hair whenever possible. Sleep with a satin bonnet everynight! Satin pillow cases are great also.
18. Faithfully seal in your moisture. First apply a water based product, such as a aloe/water mix, or a leave-in conditioner. This is because water is easily soaked up by our hair. Then apply a oil based product such as castor oil, almond oil, shae butter or whatever works for you. This will help seal the water based product into the strands of your hair. And then add a cream based product such as Elasta QP recovery oil moisturizer. This help seal in the other 2 products. This is a must for us sistahs! Our kinks, curls and coils could very well easily break if our moisture levels isn't right.Also drinking plenty of water helps to keep our hair moisturized as well.
19. Be sure to maintain healthy eating habits! Be sure to consume plenty of living foods. This is our source to the many needed vitamins and minerals.
20. Find natural alternatives to store bought products! The benefits are amazing!
OK ladies there you have it, some of my tips to growing healthy hair! Embrace your natural beauty! Thanks for your support! God bless you and yours!