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Grow Your Natural Hair Longer and Faster

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In order to grow your natural hair, you will have to take care of its basic needs:

  • Your natural hair needs to be healthy.
  • You natural hair needs to be clean.
  • Your natural hair needs to be moisturized.

How to grow healthy natural hair.  Start by eating a healthy diet with plenty of WATER, fruits, vegetable, and lean meats. If you can maintain a healthy diet, your hair will have all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong.

Don’t be afraid to trim your natural hair. Just like with permed hair, you have to stay on top of split ends as soon as you see them. Ignoring split ends will lead to unhealthy hair that’s prone to breakage. Cut the split ends off to PREVENT the damage from working its way up your hair shaft, and the new hair that will grow in will be healthier. And the new hair WILL grow in.

Also, massage your scalp to increase blood circulation and promote hair growth. No, we don’t want everyone touching our hair. But every once in a while you gonna have to get your hands dirty. [Well, really your scalp should be clean.] But the point I’m making is that you should frequently use your hands to give yourself a deep scalp massage. You can even do it while you’re co-washing, but try to do it for 20-30 minutes to get your blood circulating throughout your scalp.

How to keep your natural hair clean. When your hair is dirty, co-wash it. When your hair is weighed down by oil, and dirt, and whatever products you use, wash it with a sulfate-free shampoo.

How to moisturize your natural hair.  When you wash your hair, apply the L.O.C. method to condition and seal-in moisture. (L.O.C. = Leave-In. Oil. Cream.) You can massage your scalp during each step of the L.O.C, method. Just don’t forget when you wash, you’ve got to seal in the moisture  with oil and reinforce your hair follicles to prevent breakage. I use the following products for my L.O.C, method:

And even on days when you don’t wash your hair, make sure it’s MOISTURIZED. Spritz your hair with water each morning to add moisture. Water = Moisture. And your natural hair needs WATER. Do NOT skip this step. Even if you skip the leave-in conditioner, add the cream of your choice and an oil to lock in moisture. Although I use olive oil on the regular, jojoba and  castor oil are also lightweight and work really well, too.

And I know not all naturals are going to like this last one, but it is what it is.

Avoid heat!

I know when you were living the permed life, you got use to that silky, straight style. Here’s the thing: You not bout that life no mo. 

Applying heat to your hair dries out your natural hair. And again, your hair NEEDS moisture. It doesn’t need heat.


Now, that covers YOUR HAIR’S basic needs to grow healthy and strong, now here’s yours:

Be Patient.

Your hair is growing even if you don’t realize it. If you care for it properly, it will grow more than it breaks off so you can visually see all the hard work it’s doing to make you look your best. But everyone’s hair grows at different length and has the potential to grow to different lengths. That’s written into your genetics.

So, enjoy the ride and love what you’ve got. Because your natural hair is SO beautiful and so are you.

Here are the products I use to for the L.O.C method and my daily maintenance. Click on the picture to buy any of these products directly from Amazon.

 

Simple Natural Hair Care for Women on the Go

I went natural on August 13, 2014. And within the last year, I have finally discovered the natural hair regimen that works for my active lifestyle. Here’s the lifestyle, so you can understand the issues I’m trying to address:

  • I run 5 miles a day at least 5 days a week, and I am a HEAVY sweater.
  • I have about 30 minutes each morning that I use to get showered, dressed, and to do my hair.
  • I have some pretty sensitive skin, so I’m really conservative with the hair product experimentation.

Wearing my hair natural is actually the best solution for my active lifestyle. I look amazing every day (by my own judgement, of course) but only spend about 7 minutes on my hair each day. I was really fearful in the beginning – which you can tell by this video I created about my “predicament” of trying to maintain my active lifestyle and still be kind to my new to natural hair. But at this point, I’ve learned that over time your hair is going to forgive you for mistakes and new learnings, so maintain the lifestyle and then figure out the hair. ———————————————————————————– By the way, here’s my daily hair regimen; which is the most simple hair care regimen I’ve found for women on the go:

  • Immediately after my 5-mile run, I co-wash my hair while I shower. What is Co-washing? Replacing shampoo with conditioner when you wash your hair. You still have to work at using your hands to wash away all the sweat and dirt, but you don’t apply shampoo because you don’t need it every day. I only wash my hair with shampoo every 4-6 weeks.
  • Once I’m done co-washing my hair, I pat off the excess water. While my hair is still damp, I apply a leave-in conditioner. I use Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner because I can use a little bit and it leaves my hair really soft and manageable.
  • To seal in moisture, I apply coconut oil with my hand by working it in to my scalp and trying to make sure I cover as many of the hair strands as I can. And again, a little goes along way because you only need the oil to help your hair hold in moisture. Forget the myth about using oil to make your hair look shiny. It does that on it’s own if you take care of it properly. I use Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, but I think any organic extra virgin coconut oil should work. Viva Labs just always has a great price on Amazon, and that’s where I like to order my hair products.
  • And THAT’S IT. I use my fingers to manipulate my curls a little bit or pick out areas that I think need it but because I wear a short curly fro (a TWA), there’s really nothing else to it.

I do NOT dry my hair because MOISTURE IS WONDERFUL FOR NATURAL HAIR. My curly hair air dries over the course of the morning while I’m moving around at work. I don’t use a comb or a brush because I just really love the way my hair looks when I let it do its own thing. It’s SO curly and soft. By the way, here’s a recent pic of my hair just doing its own thing. I love it and not because I spend money every week to get it done because at this point, I spend about $15/every three months on hair products and $15 every now and then to get my ends trimmed by a licensed barber. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to stop being afraid of my hair. It’s going to be beautiful regardless. I just have to love it. And here are a couple of articles about other women who love their natural hair that I’ve recently enjoyed. If you don’t already, I pray that you’ve fall in love with your natural coils, too.
Victoria Secret Model proves that natural hair is SEX-Y
How the Natural Hair Movement began in the 60’s and Why it ended in the 70’s