Many African-American women want to know how to grow long, healthy hair, but they believe it is a slow and difficult process. If your hair is not growing, then you are failing to take proper care of it. Black hair should grow naturally at least 4 to 6 inches a year. Here are 7 tips to grow long, healthy African-American hair in 2014.
Shampoo and Condition Regularly. Black hair should be shampooed and conditioned at least once or twice a week. Even if your hair is braided, you can still shampoo and condition it. This will keep the hair soft, healthy and growing instead of drying out or breaking off at the ends.
Moisturize Daily. Moisturizing Black hair daily is a necessity for eliminating breakage. Remember how everyone's hair seemed to grow so fast back in the days of the Carefree Curl. It was not the Carefree Curl that caused Black hair to grow; it was the use of the daily moisturizer. Buy a quality hair lotion or moisturizing spray and use it.
Avoid Heated Hair Appliances. Style your hair without using hot combs, curling irons, or blow dryers. Excessive heat weakens Black hair causing it to break.
Trim Split Ends. Trim your ends every 3 months and follow with a deep conditioner. Do not trim more than half an inch. You are trying to grow your hair. After your hair becomes healthier you will experience less split ends and you will not need to trim as often.
Wear Low Maintence Styles. Pull your hair back into a loose bun, wear braids (not too tight) or other natural African-American styles. Avoid constantly combing and brushing your hair throughout the day, especially if your hair is weak.
Use a Silk Scarf. When sleeping, wear a silk scarf or night cap, or sleep on a silk pillow case. Silk is soft and gentle and won't snag coarse textured African-American hair.
Avoid Overprocessing. If you wear a relaxed style, wait 8 to 10 weeks between touch-ups. Many Black women get hair relaxer touch-ups every 4 to 6 weeks and then wonder why their hair is breaking off instead of growing. Manage your new hair growth between touch-ups by shampooing and conditioning your hair,setting it on curlers, and letting it dry naturally. Then apply a conditioning moisturizer before styling.
With patience and proper hair care, you’ll be able to grow long, healthy African-American hair in 2014.