1. Deep Conditioning
Deep conditioning is a MUST if you want to grow your hair. Our hair needs to be pampered, conditioned and moisturized. Deep conditioning restores moisture and keeps your hair strong and healthy.
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When I began to transition my hair, I was diligent about deep conditioning once a week. I honestly believe that is what got my hair through the transition period without falling and breaking off as much as it could have.
The #1 ingredient to moisture is... water! If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I am an advocate of using water in our hair. There is nothing that moisturizes better. Spritz it in the morning before you style, and spritz it before you tie it up before bed. If you do this everyday, you will begin to see a difference in your hair.
3. Finger Detangling
I didn't add this into my regimen until a few years ago. But it has definitely been a game changer. It takes a bit more time to do, but I experience less breakage, shedding and ripping out of knots. With your fingers you can feel every little tangle and gently work it out without ripping out your hair. With a comb, you are just blindly running through knots and pulling out hair unnecessarily.So if you can add this to your hair regimen, I guarantee you will begin to see a difference in hair retention!
Click here to read more about how to finger detangle.
4. Minimal Heat
Obviously I do use heat on my hair but it is very minimal. And I make sure my hair is protected. If you want to see the best results, you cannot use heat all the time. I know that my hair has grown the way it has because I am not applying constant heat. This has been huge in my journey! I have passed up (length wise) many women whose hair has always been longer than mine. I believe this is because many of them straighten their hair once a week. This is not what our hair was meant to do! Am I totally against heat? No! Its fun to wear a blow out, or a straight style. But if you want healthy, long hair, it has to be a special occasion type of thing!
5. Protective Styling
Do it, do it, do it! Ya'll know that I wear them 99% of the time.
They don't have to be boring, they can be cute, fun, professional, chic.. make them your own.
A protective style is when your hair is up, and the ends are tucked under. It protects your hair from the elements, from drying and it definitely helps it to grow!
6. Tying Up My Hair at Night
This is a must! The few times I have neglected to do this, I woke up with a SUPER dry afro!! And it was a pain to restore moisture into my hair. If you are one who doesn't like scarves or bonnets, purchase a satin pillowcase and sleep on that. Tying up your hair allows your hair to retain moisture. It also preserves your cute styles!
7. Variety of Styles
While I am an advocate of protective styling, I believe that our hair benefits from just being out and free too. You have to learn how to be sensitive to your hair needs. Too much of anything is never good. If you always wear your hair out, you will experience dryness.
If you always wear it up, your edges may suffer. So try to keep as much variety in your styles as possible.
8. Consistent Regimen
I cannot stress this one enough! Find what works and stick with it. Pick a wash day, pick a conditioning day, pick a styling day, pick your products.. etc. This has helped me immensely!
Click here for help with establishing a regimen.
9. A Support System
The support and encouragement at others has been all that has kept me going at times. There have been so many times that I just wanted to give up on natural hair. It was hard, I couldn't style my hair how I wanted to, etc. But having support helped me so much!! My husband has been a jewel!! Without him I wouldn't be natural.. that is for sure.
Whether its a friend, this blog, your church family, a spouse, etc, have someone that can encourage you along the way!
There is no special ingredient, pill, or product that will guarantee long hair. But with patience, your hair will grow. Don't get discouraged or frustrated.
Have any of these things worked for you with natural hair? Tell me your favorite tips!