Great Lengths for African American Hair

This is a great article with tips on how to grow your hair healthy & long. It gives good advice on what to do for your hair form the inside & out. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for

Great Lengths: Get to the root of the problem and help your hair grow long and strong

As Black women, we are known for working miracles with our hair, creating fierce ‘dos that women of other races can only dream about. But when it comes to lengthening our tresses, we often fall short. Still we don’t have to settle for the split end of the shaft. Find out how to unlock your hair’s potential to be healthier, longer and stronger.

The Growth Cycle
From the moment a hair strand begins to grow until it falls out, it undergoes three phases. The first phase, called anagen, is the growth period. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, every month human hair grows half an inch — a rate that gradually slows down as we age. “Hair length is determined by how long a person’s hair follicles are in the anagen phase, which is generally two years, but that time varies,” explains Elena Jones, M.D., a New York-based dermatologist. “So the longer the anagen phase, the longer the hair.” In catagen, the second phase, growth pauses for several weeks as the hair follicle moves up to the skin’s surface. In the final stage, known as telogen, new hairs begin to grow underneath the old hairs, which will fall out on their own or are pulled out through the friction caused by shampooing, detangling and styling. According to trichologist Andrea Hayden of the Hair Management Group in San Antonio, TX, it’s normal to lose 50 to 100 strands daily, either in a comb or when washing your hair. If you notice thinning roots or increasing amounts of strands collecting on your shirt, that could be a sign of a problem.

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