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How to Grow Healthy Natural Hair


Last week I shared some tips on how to retain length, and this week I’m back with 15 ways you can improve your hair regimen and grow healthy natural hair.

HAIR CARE

Pre-Poo – A “pre-poo” is usually an oil treatment applied to hair prior to shampooing or conditioning. Adding a prepoo treatment to your regimen helps to prevent your shampoo from drying out your hair.

Deep Condition – Deep condition your hair with a moisturizing deep conditioner every time you wash your hair.

Know When to Trim – Be sure to take care of your ends by avoiding heat, manipulation, and moisturizing often. Trimming your split and damaged ends will prevent the damage from spreading up your hair shaft.

Moisturize Often – Moisturizers should be a key part of your regimen, since dry hair is more prone to breakage.

Don’t Forget to Seal – Locking in the moisture will prevent your hair from drying out quickly and sealing your ends can prevent damage, split ends, and breakage. I have used the LOC (L = liquid, O = oil, C = cream) method before which uses an oil to seal in the moisture before applying a cream or styling product.

Detangle Gently – If detangling with a brush, detangle only with damp and conditioned hair. Use a conditioner or leave-in with lots of slip so it will be easier to detangle. If finger detangling, take your time and use a product with lots of slip. Detangle gently from the ends of your hair upwards, your strands will thank you!

Protect Your Hair At Night – Sleep in a satin scarf, bonnet or on a satin pillowcase. Cotton sheets, scarves and pillowcases suck the moisture out of your hair and the friction between your hair and the cotton can cause tangles/breakage.

Massage Your Scalp – Massaging your scalp regularly is said to increase your blood flow and promote hair growth. Grab your favorite oil and massage your scalp!

Do a Protein Treatment Often – Using protein treatments regularly will aid in making your hair stronger since the protein attaches directly to the hair follicle and protects it from further damage by placing a temporary barrier around it. I use a light protein treatment (Aubrey Organics GPB) every two or so weeks and use a heavier treatment every two months (Aphogee two step treatment).

Skip the Heat and Air Dry – Minimize heat usage (which dries out your hair) and opt for air drying. Avoid towel drying, as the cotton can rip your hair out and cause frizz. try drying your hair with a T-shirt, it works much better!

Clarify – Cowashing is great, but hair products build up on your hair and can cause it to be brittle, dry, and break. Apple cider vinegar, bentonite clay, and clarifying shampoos are great options for natural hair.

HAIR STYLING

Low Manipulation – The more you manipulate your hair, the better your chances of causing breakage and shedding. It can be tempting to play with or style your curls often, but excessive manipulation causes damage, split ends, or even breakage.

Protective Style – Protective styles are great for length retention—they require little to no manipulation and your hair will be protected from environmental damage. But you can’t completely forget about your hair when it’s in a protective style. Remember to continue cleansing moisturizing your scalp and hair on a regular basis. There are tons of protective style options to try; some last for two or three days and others last for up to four weeks.

Avoid Heat – Heat rapidly dries out your hair and can cause it to become brittle, damaged, and can result in a loss of your curl pattern. If you use heat often, try to give your hair a break by using heat less. Create your own no heat challenge, try to go three months without using heat and see how your hair likes it. not only will your hair grow and retain length, but it will be healthier as well.

Avoid Tight Hair Styles – Traction alopecia, or gradual hair loss, is caused by the gradual pulling of hair from the root. be especially careful with the hair around your hairline, as tight buns, braids, and ponytails can potentially cause a receding hairline.


WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS TO GROW HEALTHY NATURAL HAIR?

How to Grow Healthy Natural Hair



Last week I shared some tips on how to retain length, and this week I’m back with 15 ways you can improve your hair regimen and grow healthy natural hair.

HAIR CARE

Pre-Poo – A “pre-poo” is usually an oil treatment applied to hair prior to shampooing or conditioning. Adding a prepoo treatment to your regimen helps to prevent your shampoo from drying out your hair.

Deep Condition – Deep condition your hair with a moisturizing deep conditioner every time you wash your hair.

Know When to Trim – Be sure to take care of your ends by avoiding heat, manipulation, and moisturizing often. Trimming your split and damaged ends will prevent the damage from spreading up your hair shaft.

Moisturize Often – Moisturizers should be a key part of your regimen, since dry hair is more prone to breakage.

Don’t Forget to Seal – Locking in the moisture will prevent your hair from drying out quickly and sealing your ends can prevent damage, split ends, and breakage. I have used the LOC (L = liquid, O = oil, C = cream) method before which uses an oil to seal in the moisture before applying a cream or styling product.

Detangle Gently – If detangling with a brush, detangle only with damp and conditioned hair. Use a conditioner or leave-in with lots of slip so it will be easier to detangle. If finger detangling, take your time and use a product with lots of slip. Detangle gently from the ends of your hair upwards, your strands will thank you!

Protect Your Hair At Night – Sleep in a satin scarf, bonnet or on a satin pillowcase. Cotton sheets, scarves and pillowcases suck the moisture out of your hair and the friction between your hair and the cotton can cause tangles/breakage.

Massage Your Scalp – Massaging your scalp regularly is said to increase your blood flow and promote hair growth. Grab your favorite oil and massage your scalp!

Do a Protein Treatment Often – Using protein treatments regularly will aid in making your hair stronger since the protein attaches directly to the hair follicle and protects it from further damage by placing a temporary barrier around it. I use a light protein treatment (Aubrey Organics GPB) every two or so weeks and use a heavier treatment every two months (Aphogee two step treatment).

Skip the Heat and Air Dry – Minimize heat usage (which dries out your hair) and opt for air drying. Avoid towel drying, as the cotton can rip your hair out and cause frizz. try drying your hair with a T-shirt, it works much better!

Clarify – Cowashing is great, but hair products build up on your hair and can cause it to be brittle, dry, and break. Apple cider vinegar, bentonite clay, and clarifying shampoos are great options for natural hair.

HAIR STYLING

Low Manipulation – The more you manipulate your hair, the better your chances of causing breakage and shedding. It can be tempting to play with or style your curls often, but excessive manipulation causes damage, split ends, or even breakage.

Protective Style – Protective styles are great for length retention—they require little to no manipulation and your hair will be protected from environmental damage. But you can’t completely forget about your hair when it’s in a protective style. Remember to continue cleansing moisturizing your scalp and hair on a regular basis. There are tons of protective style options to try; some last for two or three days and others last for up to four weeks.

Avoid Heat – Heat rapidly dries out your hair and can cause it to become brittle, damaged, and can result in a loss of your curl pattern. If you use heat often, try to give your hair a break by using heat less. Create your own no heat challenge, try to go three months without using heat and see how your hair likes it. not only will your hair grow and retain length, but it will be healthier as well.

Avoid Tight Hair Styles – Traction alopecia, or gradual hair loss, is caused by the gradual pulling of hair from the root. be especially careful with the hair around your hairline, as tight buns, braids, and ponytails can potentially cause a receding hairline.


WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS TO GROW HEALTHY NATURAL HAIR?
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