How to Grow African American Hair
African American hair is naturally frizzy and curly. The hair tends to be dry and use of flat irons, pressing combs & blow dryers can make it worse. In addition to those methods, African American women also try and control frizz by using relaxers or perms which in the end causes damage by making the hair dry & brittle also causing split ends. This can cause hair loss and the hair usually can’t grow past the shoulder due to constant trimming of split ends. You are not alone if you have ever dealt with or are dealing with these issues. There are many African American women who are searching for ways to grow their hair naturally.
For starters, you must use natural hair care products to keep your hair moisturized. Natural hair care products help keep the hair healthy by providing the nutrients necessary for growth. You must stop using shampoos and conditioner that have chemicals in them. Natural hair care products nourish your hair and help improve texture. Find products that have essential fatty acids that restore dry hair such as Omega 6 and Omega 3.
Natural products are great, but you must also maintain a healthy diet to help your hair grow strong from the inside out. Too many people just focus on what products they use not knowing that they also need a healthy diet to have great hair. Eat vegetables such as spinach & kale which have the vitamins that are important to help with hair growth. Beans and peanuts also contain proteins that help with natural hair growth. Also make sure you drink plenty of water. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses daily to help flush out the chemicals, toxins and impurities in the body that prevent hair growth.
Massaging your scalp with a natural oil helps to stimulate hair growth. Give your self a scalp massage every 3 to 4 days using products that contain sunflower oil, jojoba oil, wheat germ oil & olive oil because these are great natural moisturizers.
Wash your hair once a week at the least to help remove dirt and dust. Washing also helps stimulate blood circulation and reduces dandruff that can cause hair loss. Follow up with a natural conditioner to keep your hair moisturized. You need to make sure the ingredients are natural herbs and oils and not chemicals that a science teacher couldn’t even pronounce 🙂
When wearing your African American Hair naturally you may want to play around with color sometimes to spice things up. Make sure you choose colors that are made from natural ingredients such as a Henna Dye. Avoid products that contain alcohols and hydroxides that can damage the hair making it dry and brittle. Also color your hair no more than once per month. Coloring it more often that this can cause it to dry out as well. Use a natural conditioner after coloring to help restore and retain moisture.
I hope you find these tips helpful as you continue your journey with your natural hair.
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs