7 Compelling Tips to Grow Black Hair
I’m so contrary that I confuse myself. (hahaha) I love short hair, but I will weave my hair with long extensions and buy long wigs in a heartbeat. LOL You, too? (smh) Why in the world do we do such odd things? Growing long hair seems to take so long when you are actually conscious of it. I’m always amazed how much my hair has grown after I take the braids down to wash and condition my own locks. If I was intentionally attempting to grow my hair long, it would be like the clock that stops right before quitting time.
But some of us really want to grow out our locks and put away the weaves and wigs. For me, my hair grows faster in its natural state, but I use a daily conditioner made with papaya that seems to work wonders. Nonetheless, we’ve put together some guidelines to growing Black hair, whether it’s relaxed or natural.
1.) Getting the Right Cut
One of the keys to growing Black hair is starting off with a healthy head of hair. You may need a haircut. Getting rid of the damaged ends and split ends first will prove to be the best decision as you will eventually have to cut the damaged hair off.
2.) Cleaning the Hair and Scalp
The Black hair needs constant moisture and water is the chief ingredient to keeping your hair healthy. During the winter months, we don’t have to wash as often, however, I do suggest washing at least once a week and follow up with a strengthening conditioner. We have some cool recipes here that work really well on all hair types.
3.) Use a Daily Moisturizer
We all know that when the hair is dry, it’s going to break off. Black hair is typically dry, but there are remedies for this. What I know that works is a daily leave in moisturizer. It’s important that water is its main ingredient. Remember to put more emphasis on the ends of your hair than the scalp as the ends are more likely to suffer with dryness and damages.
4.) Take Your Vitamins
Who eats right? Well, okay so you do, but I have to take my vitamins to ensure I get all of the daily requirements. What some of us may not know is that nutrition is essential to healthy hair. Although you are eating right, you may still need a supplement (biotin) to accelerate hair growth.
5.) Stick to One Chemical Treatment
We so make the mistake of treating our hair as if it’s invincible. Putting too many chemicals on the hair could be doing more harm than good, my friends. Either choose to relax or choose to color, not both. Sorry, y’all but this one big no-no. It makes the hair susceptible to breakage. That’s why the beauticians tell you to take care of your hair when you double up on the chemicals. They know, un huh, what’s to come and that’s you. LOL You will be coming back for cuts and hairstyles after your hair show signs of breaking off. Sometimes, ladies, it’s at the roots, so make a choice.
6.) Silk or Satin Night Protection
I never understood the concept until I found out the reason behind the scarves, but this is an ancient trick for women, not just Black women. Sleeping on a satin or silk pillow case or using a satin scarf. It protects your hair while you are asleep. Cotton tends to dry your hair, therefore, you leave yourself open to split ends.
7.) Using the Appropriate Scissors
Oh, I’m guilty once again… I used regular scissors to cut my family’s hair without even giving a thought to what I was doing. They make these scissors for a reason and they are especially for hair. If you don’t own a pair, spend the dollars next time you’re in the hair supply store. Having your own means you can trim your own ends and save yourself a dollar.
And a few other Black hair care tips:
Stay away from the glue if you are putting in a weave and sport a sew-in. If you are employing hair extensions and braids, treat your braid hair before putting it in. Few salons practice this, however, you should wash and condition braid hair before putting it in. Add vinegar to a warm bowl of water for about half an hour. Rinse and let dry. After the hair is completely dry, put in a leave in conditioner. Now you’re ready to put the braid hair into your natural Black hair.
I hope you enjoy and try these Black hair Inspire Beauty tips. We take pleasure in bringing you beauty tips that will benefit you. Let us know how we are doing. Drop Elena a line, until then, I’m Mikki Donaldson saying be inspiring… be inspired!