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How to Grow Your Hair Faster

Posted on 16 October 2015

Whether you’re a naturalista or a bone straight diva there are some essentials Dos and Don’ts to growing and keeping long, shiny, healthy hair.

1. Detangling

Whenever you are styling your hair, do not detangle from the scalp or body of the strands, start at the very tip with, preferably with your fingers, and work your way up. Once you’ve reached the top and can run your fingers, comb, or brush through the strand without catching, feel free to brush straight through.  

2. Tying it Up

Avoid rubber bands, at all costs, DO NOT USE, and if you must, do not pull too tightly. One of the number one causes of stress related alopecia (bald spots, napes, and edges, anywhere) comes from women pulling their hair to tightly. If you want to achieve a sleek look, be sure to brush the hair smooth and use a strong holding gel.

3. Conditioning

Deep Condition your hair. If it’s at the salon, pay the extra fee, if it’s at home, make time to make it happen. That extra 15 minutes under the dryer or under a cap gives you added protection and adds badly needed nutrients that shampoo and daily wear strip from your hair. You should aim to deep condition once a week or at the very least apply a leave in conditioner. For black girl hair, this is a must do!

4. Moisturise

Be sure to completely moisturize your hair. Some of you may have memories of mommy greasing your scalp while styling. This method ensures that the roots, body and ends get moisture. While you may want to add a little bit of extra product to the ends, be sure to thoroughly part and moisturize all of your hair.

5. Trim

Don’t be afraid of the scissors, they are your friend! You should trim regularly. You can trim as needed by keeping an eye on the health of your ends with each wash or you can schedule a trim for yourself. If you are relaxed, you should get one every six to 8 weeks. If you are natural you should schedule one with your stylist every 12 to 16 weeks. This is another MUST DO!

6. Don't Burn it

Do NOT use excessive heat. This is one of those tough areas since many many styles call for blow drying, or straightening with a flat iron. If you must use heat, limit it to just a few times per week and be sure to use proper maintenance, like wrapping with a satin bonnet at night. Also be sure to use a heat protectant on the hair prior to application and seal moisture in right after.

7. Hair Products

Hair care is trial and error. With tons of homemade products, natural store bought products, traditional brands, you may find that your hair reacts differently to different products. Pay attention. This is not an area where you want to be overly budget conscious. If a product dries your hair too much or leaves it feeling heavy, donate it, sell to a friend, and move on to something that’s worked in the past. A great way to try new products is to ask friends what they are using and try a sample. You’ll be saving yourself a fortune not having to try to repair badly damaged hair, and you may find something that works better for you along the way

8. Extensions

If you’re installing braids or a weave on top of your hair, avoiding using harsh methods like glue, DO USE human hair. Avoid the synthetic and plastic hair, they dry your hair and can cause irreversible damage to the scalp and surrounding skin. While you have the install, be sure to schedule regularly washes with your stylist and have them keep an eye on the health of your scalp.

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