One of the biggest myths about black hair is that it doesn't grow or grow as quickly as other textures of hair. All hair grows an average of ½ inch per month, but it's how you treat your hair that determines how much you'll retain. Some women swear by vitamins, while others have a cabinet full of products. All that's required is your commitment to healthy hair practices and treating your hair with proper care.
1. Follow a Healthy Lifestyle
Before we get to the outside, we need to take care of the inside. Yes, what you eat, drink and how you treat your body has an effect on your hair. You need to eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, drink enough water and exercise regularly for your body's overall health. Since your hair grows directly from your body, when you treat your body well, your skin, nails and hair benefit too. People who suffer from vitamin deficiencies and unhealthy diets can suffer from dry, brittle hair.
2. Get Your Ends Trimmed
This is counter-productive but if you want your hair to grow longer, trims help get rid of dry, damaged and split ends which can work their way up the shaft of your hair, causing even more damage. A trim is defined as removing ¼ to ½ inch of hair, nothing more. If your stylist insists on cutting off inches of hair every time you go in for a visit, your hair won't get longer, so find a professional who understands exactly how much hair you need removed. Depending on how fast your hair grows, your daily routine as well as if you are chemically straightened, you may need a trim anywhere from every six weeks to six months. The better you care for your hair on a day-to-day basis, the less often you'll need trims.
3. Use Moisturizing Products
African American hair is often dry by nature. It's best to use products that replace needed moisture. This includes using shampoos and conditioners formulated for dry and/or damaged hair. These products don't have to come strictly from the beauty supply store. You can find them in your local supermarket
( Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural )
4. Use Protective Styling
Full head sew-ins are the #1 choice to protective styles in my book. Before using this choice, make sure you put your hair in good hands. Everyone's knowledge is not as extensive as a specialist. Ask for pictures of their work or stop by to see this process done before you proceed. 50% of my clients wear protective styles and they receive dramatic results.
Once your hair is a certain length, you might want to wear it loose all the time to let everyone know just how long it is. Wearing your hair in protective styles more often will help you retain that precious length ). Protective styles keep your ends from breaking and drying out. Hair loves moisture.
5. Low Manipulation
There's no need to brush your hair 100 strokes per night before going to sleep. In fact, the less you do to African American hair, the more it flourishes. Their is no need to constantly wash your hair ( unless for medical reasons ). You are riding the hair of it's natural oils ( yes,your sebaceous glands produce oil ).
6. Stay Away from Heat
While occasional flat iron and curling iron use is usually fine (so long as the heat isn’t too high), you should minimize heat styling as much as possible. Choose hairstyles that don't rely on so much heat, as well as gentle styling methods like wraps, wet sets and twists.