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:
Leave-in Conditioner: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
- Oil: Generic WalMart brand olive oil.
- Cream: eitherHawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14 in 1
or Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Coconut & Hibiscus
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.
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:
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.