Here I am going to give you a few tips that, while it may not make the journey easier, will help ease a bit of the anxiety some of you may be feeling.
So let's get started.
1. Keep your hair moisturized. Specifically the ends of your hair.
Dry hair will not retain length, it is that simple. Your hair grows from the roots always but if your ends are not receiving proper treatment they will break off. That is what gives the illusion of hair that never grows.
Leave in conditioners are great as a moisturizer for your hair or you can also use your normal conditioner like I do.
Shea Moisture has a really good moisturizing line for curly hair.
Deep conditioning is a big part of this. It is what is going to give your hair that extra boost of moisture that it needs. Once a month is fine for a deep conditioning but some prefer to do it once or even twice a week.
2. Hair growth starts with a healthy scalp.
I wrote about co-washing in my last curly girl post and this is all fine a dandy if that is how you choose to cleanse your hair. However, product build up can occur if your hair is not being cleansed with shampoo once in a while. Build up of products can keep you hair from growing as fast. Once a month you should do a deep cleanse to prevent build up.
Also scalp massages are great for your scalp. Not only do they feel great but they also promote hair growth.
3. Avoid using heat. If you must, be smart about it.
Heat is the number one cause of damaged hair, it can also keep your hair from retaining it's length. My suggestion is that if you want your hair to grow, stop using heat all together. That is the best way to see results.
There are plenty of ways to straighten and curl your hair without using heat.
Obviously that does not work for everyone and that is okay. If you do use heat on your hair remember to always use a heat protectant. This will cut back on some of the damage by taking most of the heat.
Use good quality tools, this does not mean the most expensive tool. Read some reviews on the heat tools that you want before settling on one. That way you know what you are getting into before you buy it.
Consider cutting out your flat iron. An alternative is using a blow dryer and a round brush to straighten your hair. Since it is not getting smashed between two hot plates it is not as damaging.
4. When you wash you hair, wash only the roots.
Shampoos and some conditioners can be drying to hair, so it is important that you only wash the roots of hair because that is the dirtiest part.
Don't worry, when you wash the shampoo out it will run through the length of your hair and it will get clean.
5. Use protective hairstyles.
Some people get really confused about what I mean when I say that.
A protective hairstyle is basically any style that keeps your ends from being exposed to the elements.
Buns, braids and twists are some really good examples.
You do not have to do this all the time but when it is extremely cold it is a good idea to put your ends away so that they do not dry out.
Protective hairstyles are especially useful in winter.
6. Use oils.
Oils are very beneficial to hair in terms of moisture. There are specific oils that penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize your hair from the inside.
7. Be patient.
Your hair is not going to grow overnight and it is going to take time before you get it to the length that you want it. However, if you take care of your hair you will get there.
Well guys that is it for this post!
What are your tips for growing long hair? Let me know in the comments below.
Be safe and I will see you in my next post!
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