o you want to know the secret to growing long hair? Why are some women able to grow long luscious hair, while others just fail? If all women were able to grow hair long, why then is there such a vast difference? There must be a secret. Right?
Curly hair is fragile and therefore breaks easily, so to grow long hair can be a struggle for many, so it is no surprise many women are looking for that”secret” to hair growth. However if you’re looking for a magical growth conditioner, cure all potion or a wonder pill, then I’m sorry to disappoint you. The fact is, there is no overnight cure, your hair is always growing, it grows at an estimated average rate of 6 inches a year. Therefore if you are not seeing hair growth, then you are probably not retaining the length you are growing. So a great idea is to shift your focus from hair growth, to hair retention.
“shift your focus from hair growth, to hair retention”
There are naturals who have been able to successfully grow long hair and we found that they all share in at least two common hair practices. The two practices that came up over and over again and were the two so called”secrets” to retaining length were moisturizing and protective styling.
The Secret of Protective Styling.
Women who have successfully grown long natural hair would all agree that utilizing protective styling is key to retaining hair length. Protective styling should be incorporated as much as possible, even as much as 80% of the time. Protective styles protect your hair against damage and one style that we believe trumps all protective styles is African hair threading.
Curly hair is very fragile and therefore tends to thrive when left alone. Protective styling keeps your hands out of your hair. Combing, brushing and pulling are all eliminated. A protective style such as African hair threading stretches the hair and coats the hair in thread, therefore protecting it from tangles, snags and possible breakage.
In order to retain length your ends need to be protected. they are the oldest part of your hair and therefore the most brittle and most susceptible to breakage. if your ends keep breaking you will never see the results of your hair growth. so keep them tucked away in your protective style.
Due to delicacy of curly hair wearing it down constantly will increase the likelihood of breakage. A protective style like African hair threading coats the hair in thread protecting it from being exposed to harsh winds, dry air and strong daily friction.
Protective styles, specially African hair threading, help to lock in moisture. This is because the thread acts as a barrier sealing in the moisture. you’ll even notice after days of your hair being threading it is still moisturized.
The Secret Of Locking In Moisture.
Keeping your hair moisturized is by far one of the most important tip to growing long, curly. Hair that is well moisturized has elasticity and strength to with stand normal day to day friction, making it less prone to snapping and breaking. There are 3 main steps to providing your hair with needed moisture:
Co-washing is washing your hair with a conditioner rather shampoo. Shampoos tend to dry out the hair whereas conditioners cleanse and provide moisture at the same time. Now, you want to do this no more than once a week , and remember to look for conditioners containing natural ingredients specifically for dry hair .
This provides a blast of moisture by using heat to infusing the strands with health and elasticity. Ideally you want to do this at least every 1-2 times a week. Whether you use a store brought leave-in or you make your own mask at home with ingredients ideally you want to leave this in for at least 20 minutes (some even prefer overnight) and then rinse out. Your hair should look shinny, nourished and full of bounce.
Moisturizing your hair with a leave-in conditioner, oils or butters is something that can be done as often as everyday. Ideally you want to rub this onto damp hair, creams such as castor oil and aloe vera are great for this. Butters like Shea and Coco butter coat the hair and is great for sealing in the moisture. Lighter oils, like coconut, olive oil and jojoba, actually absorb into the hair, giving it the ability to strengthen and reinforce the hair’s internal structure.
Now your hair is perfectly moisturized you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste. You want to keep that precious moisture on your strands, so after moisturizing sleeping with a satin/silk pillow or scarf.
Stress can cause hair loss, regular exercise is great for de-stressing, and also for increasing blood flow in the body including to your scalp to promote growth.
Eat a balanced diet.
Make sure you’re getting a balanced diet by drinking plenty of water and eating a good diet full of leafy greens and protein such as fish, eggs and beans.
Take hair skin and nails supplements.
There are many supplements and vitamins available which help maintain a healthy hair growth. Biotin and Vitamin B6 supplements have been knew to aid in healthy hair growth.
Avoid heat styling tools.
Though they make your hair look nice from the outside, they are wrecking havoc on the inside. Heat strips the moisture from your hair, making it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. If you must use heat on your hair, try to limit it as much as possible or simply using the EZthread styling tool.
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