Written By Venus L
While many believe it is difficult to impossible to grow thick, lustrous, and long natural hair, this is an absolute myth. A fallacy centered on issues such as hair shrinkage/ breakage and the fact that naturally kinky hair tends to appear shorter than its straighter counterparts, many are under the misguided assumption that natural hair and short hair are mutually exclusive.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, with the proper hygiene, maintenance, and grooming efforts, your natural hair can grow much longer than you had ever imagined. While many who have committed to wearing their own natural hair may believe that employing hair growth techniques are futile, please review the following methods to grow your own natural hair before throwing in that proverbial towel.
The first method to use in order to help your natural hair grow thick and long is to take better care of your ends. This may seem like a minor step, but it is also one of the most overlooked. By regularly getting your ends clipped, as well as getting into the habit of applying your conditioners, oils, and other products from the root to the very ends of your hair, you can help your hair to be healthier overall and thus, promote more rapid hair growth. For an in-depth tutorial on how to repair your split and damaged ends, click here!
A great method to add sheen, volume, moisture, and nutrients, Henna is a safe way to dye hair, cover up grays, and even treat dandruff as well as other scalp infections. By adding a protective layer that helps to lock in nutrients and moisture, Henna treatments are a great way to promote hair growth as it drastically strengthens hair follicles. This makes the hair more resistant to heat as well as damage that occurs from combing, brushing, and other regular maintenance of the hair. For an in-depth tutorial on how to use Henna on your natural hair, click here!
Yet another method of orchestrating more hair growth, using a deep conditioning and hot oil treatments are a great way to seal in nutrients while adding moisture and sheen to the hair. What’s more, there are both rinse out and leave-in conditioners on the market, this leaves you with quite a few options in terms of how to condition your hair. Since everyone’ hair is different, it’s best to test out the a few different combinations before settling on any specific regimen. For more information on deep conditioning your natural hair, click here!
Another great way to promote the growth of you natural hair is by wearing protective styles. By consistently styling your hair in two strand twists, Havana twists styles, Senegalese twists or even crochet Havana twists, you are effectively allowing your hair and scalp time to rest and restore itself. When implemented in between more complex styles, hair growth is often exponential as the hair is being stretched as well as allowed to rest, regularly. What’s more, by keeping Havana hair, Marley twist hair, and even some wigs in stock, you will always have the option to give your hair a rest by installing these extensions. In addition, many protective styles are able to be washed in order to freshen the scalp without removing the style. For more information on how to choose and care for your protective style, click here!
Yet another unfounded myth about black/ natural hair is that it only grows when it’s left unwashed. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, most of the natural haired women with long hair report that they wash their hair at least 1-3 times per week. Washing hair is imperative to removing toxins and keeping the scalp clean and healthy, which is ultimately one of the best ways to promote hair growth. It’s is also important to note that washing does not always need to include shampoo. You can wash with clear, warm water or you can co-wash, which means to wash your hair using conditioner rather than shampoo. This is done because many shampoos are harsh and do not offer much to hair that may be lacking moisture. By skipping the shampoo and simply co-washing your hair, you will get the conditioning benefits without having to remove all of your hair’s natural oils first. Furthermore, remember to always oil your scalp and head after any type of washing as oil is imperative to the vitality of natural hair. Also, be mindful of the type of products you use as the more unrecognizable ingredients, the harsher it will likely be on your hair. For more information on washing your natural hair, click here!
Speaking of products, do not be afraid to try out some of these products made specifically for natural hair growth. From Jamaican castor oil, to cactus oil, to the latest craze- cayenne pepper oil, as well as hair growth vitamins, Shea butter mixtures, or even foods that you eat (for instance, taking on a healthier diet by adding fruits and vegetables), the products that are presently being used for natural hair growth are as vast as they are varied.
Given that the natural hair movement is still considered one of the newer movements in terms of hair styles, perfecting what works for you largely depends on trial and error. However, in order to sway the tides in your favor, feel free to search for people with your hair texture and see what has and hasn’t been working for them.
Overall, natural hair care is a uniquely exotic journey for each of us. In order to find the best products to promote the growth of your own natural hair ask around, take some risks, and above all else, have fun!