Natural hair growth is one of those topics that seems to always come up when two or more naturals come together. Many of us dream of having long hair that falls down our backs if not down to our waists.
It goes without saying, that everyone can have the hair of their dreams with a little patience and an effective natural hair regimen.
Let’s get into our recommended tips and tricks for natural hair growth, shall we?
Building a Regimen for Natural Hair Growth
The focus of an effective natural hair regimen should always start at health. If your hair is healthy then volume and length retention will automatically follow.
1. Keep Your Scalp Clean
Wash your hair regularly to keep your hair and scalp clean. This is the very basis of a good hair care regimen. When your hair is dirty, not only does it look bad, it might also smell bad and be susceptible to dandruff and other more serious infections.
Your scalp is made of skin, it, therefore, needs the same level of care as skin on any other part of your body. A clean scalp will be less susceptible to dandruff and other infections that may cause itching. Scratching your scalp can give your itch relief but it can also cause wounds which will form scabs and scars when they heal. Hair doesn’t grow well on either scabs or scars if it grows on these areas in the first place.
2. Avoid Pore Clogging and Unsafe Ingredients
Your scalp is made up of follicles which sweat and absorb the things it comes into contact with. By avoiding using products on it that block and clog your pores, you ensure that your hair keeps growing. Some pore-clogging ingredients include silicones, petroleum jelly and mineral oil.
To avoid clogging your scalp, use light products that contain non-comedogenic oils (aka oils that don’t clog your pores) such as castor oil. Be sure to check out our all-natural hair care products line developed with safe and natural ingredients and hair growth oils like castor oil and coconut oil. We also make sure to stay away from all the baddies sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, petroleum, and mineral oil.
3. Finding What Works for Your Hair will Aid Natural Hair Growth
There are no set of rules that apply to every single head of natural hair. As you proceed with your natural hair journey take the time to learn YOUR OWN hair and figure out what it likes and what it doesn’t.
Always make sure to tweak each natural hair growth tip and trick you learn along the way to suit your hair and what it needs. Take the L.O.C. method for example, a method for locking in moisture Leave-in, Oil, Cream. Some people swear by it and someone else will find that putting an oil before a cream will close their pores and the cream won’t penetrate properly. There’s no right answer, it depends on your natural hair…talking about moisture, this leads us to our next point!
4. Moisturize! Hydration is Very Important for Natural Hair Growth
This is key if you want to grow your natural hair. As a natural, you will need to build an effective hair care regimen that incorporates keeping your hair moisturized. When you have built a regimen that works, you will notice that you can always tell when your hair needs an extra boost.
The best time to properly moisturize your hair is on wash day. In fact, if you do it properly, you might end up not having to deal with your hair for a whole week.
5. Minimise the use of Heat
The use of excessive heat
You can dry your hair under a hooded drier, use blow driers that have diffuser attachments or even steaming when you deep condition your hair. These kinds of heat will not damage your hair. You can also occasionally stretch your hair using heat as long as you make sure to use a
7. Stretch Your Hair
We all know that the majority of Africans have type 4 hair. This means that our strands love showing each other love by coiling up into themselves in single strand knots. Knots require time and patience to separate, but sometimes they are too tightly knotted that you have to cut them out. Combing hair that has knots in it will cause the hair to break off and will weaken your hair strands.
The best way to avoid single strand knots is by first properly moisturizing your ends, second stretching your natural hair and third regularly trimming your hair. It’s also a good idea to check for and get rid of knots before combing your hair.
Braid outs, twist outs and African threading are great ways to stretch your hair without the use of heat.
8. Trim when necessary
This is not something most naturals who are on a natural hair growth journey want to hear. Sometimes it is necessary to trim your hair. If you start noticing your hair is a bit harder to comb than usual or your styles don’t come out quite how you would like them to then perhaps it is time to pick up the scissors.
Holding onto damaged ends is detrimental to your natural hair growth journey. When left in split ends travel up the hair shaft causing more tangling, knotting and breakage than is necessary. If you regularly use heat on your hair, then you might need a trim more often. This is because you are drying out your ends a lot, so they wrap around themselves forming knots and splits.
You’ve heard of the myth of trimming your hair makes it grow longer. It’s not false actually. Trimming split ends or dry ends will ensure that they do not damage the whole hair strand, so your hair will grow healthier. Your hair can still grow if not trimmed but it will break constantly. Ultimately, trimming boosts natural hair growth.
9. Wrap Your Hair at Night
Use either a satin or silk bonnet or scarf to wrap your hair at night. This will keep your hair moisturized as satin and silk don’t soak up moisture or oil from your hair, and we all know we need every drop of that moisture for hair growth. Wrapping your hair at night also helps to keep your styles looking neat. Choose your wrap of choice: silk bonnet, satin bonnet, scarf, or silk pillow cover for those people who can’t keep a scarf in all night long and a durag if you want to slay that hairstyle in the morning.
10. Detangle Properly
There are many ways to detangle natural hair. Some people prefer using their wide tooth combs while others swear by finger detangling. Make sure you pick a method that does not involve you snagging or pulling on your hair which leads to breakage. The best method is to detangle your hair while it’s damp so washday is perfect opportunity for that. In between washdays, make sure to spray your hair with water before detangling. If your hair isn’t breaking off, you will soon start to see it getting longer.
11. Massage Your Scalp with Natural Oils
Natural oils are truly a gift from mother nature. These include coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, avocado oil, shea butter and cocoa butter among many others. They have numerous benefits and are great for your skin and your natural hair.
Pick an oil of your choice and apply a decent amount on your scalp. Don’t be overzealous with it because too much oil will leave your scalp and hair greasy leading to build-up and clogged follicles. No one likes it when oil drips down their forehead.
If you’re using an essential oil to control dandruff or to moisturize your itchy scalp, make sure you’ve diluted it in another oil that’s not as harsh. Essential oils such as tea tree, or lavender oil are not to be used on their own. Dilute two to three drops in your almond oil or argan oil for better use.
Once you have applied the oil, gently massage your scalp in circular motions. Not only does this feel good, but it also increases blood flow to your scalp which means your hair follicles are getting a lot of nutrients.
Repeat this process daily or every other day. You don’t have to use the oil every time you massage
To have healthy hair, you have to do healthy things. Some people will align their diet with their hair regimen or even get to point of taking hair supplements.
Niacin is believed to boost hair growth. Niacin is a vitamin from the B family that is responsible for nourishing and hydrating your hair strands, therefore leading to hair growth. Same goes with Biotin, which doctors usually prescribe to people suffering from hair loss (alopecia). There hasn’t been a study confirming these supplements actually benefit hair growth so proceed with caution and seek a doctor’s advice before taking any supplements.
Find a source of inspiration
A source of inspiration will motivate you to stay focused on your goals.
Head into Pinterest or YouTube and find someone whose hair you admire and is similar to yours for better results. Whether it’s their wash routines or a hairstyle they often wear to protect their hair. Some of them have managed to grow their hair to waist length, so they obviously know a thing or two about natural hair growth.
If you land on a blogger as your source of inspiration, they will even have some videos and tutorials you can watch and likely pick up some of their tips and tricks. Check out Sheila Ndinda or Carol Tichie for a start.
Do Not Use Natural Hair Growth S
On average, hair grows at about half an inch a month. Some people fall slightly above or below this rate and that is okay! At half an inch a month one can easily maintain up to 5 inches each year with regular trims.
How to grow your natural hair fast! Ways to make your hair grow faster! How to grow your hair in 30 days! Try this, and see your hair grow faster than the speed of light!
Those titles, among many others, are all over the internet. They make it seem like the remedies offered can somehow change your genetics. The speed at which your hair grows is determined by your genes. The best way to see ‘fast’ hair growth is to build a regimen that promotes length retention.
Own Your Natural Hair Growth Journey
Don’t compare your hair growth progress with someone else. Every head of natural hair is different and therefore everyone experiences different rates of hair growth. Focus on you and what your hair goals are whether it is health, length or even thickness. Learn to love your natural hair and to appreciate your own small victories.
Peace, love and lots of moisture!