Naturalistas everywhere crave healthy, thick, long natural hair. No matter your hair type, there's nothing like the feel of voluminous coils that stretch past your shoulders. There are thousands of hours of videos in which natural hair mavens catalog their natural hair growth journey from the big chop to the hair that stretches midway down their back. But, unfortunately, some make it look way too easy.
--But how did they get there? First, let's be truthful with ourselves. We both know that their success did not happen overnight, but instead, it required consistency, commitment, and a whole lot of trial and error.
Every kink and coil on your head has its own story, but you have the power to be the author of your natural hair's fate.
Here are six ways to grow long, healthy natural hair.
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Moisture is a must for healthy, natural hair! However, infusing moisture into hair ripe with curls, kinks, and coils will not be an easy task. Thanks to the proverbial gravitational pull towards dryness, your kinky tresses will likely struggle to receive or retain moisture.
You will have to develop a relationship with your hair that allows you to consistently remain in tune with the state of its health and porosity. It is entirely plausible that you may find yourself having to take steps to moisturize your natural hair daily. However, your approach to establishing or retaining moisture may look different than that of your mother, sister, or best friend. In addition, hair porosity may vary between individuals. Thus you might find that shea butter works better for your friend with low porosity hair, while you find yourself constantly reaching for your favorite leave-in conditioner for your high-porosity hair.
If you are going to take control of the health and quality of hair on your head, you must know your hair type. Some mavens in the natural hair community will try to tell you to ignore what your hands and eyes are telling you. They have managed to convince themselves that knowing their hair type is unnecessary --that there is no such thing. Please don't believe them. Believe what your eyes are showing you and what your hair and scalp delivering.
Knowing your hair type can mean the difference between purchasing the best product for your hair porosity and ushering in natural hair disasters. Sure, YouTube University may inspire you to follow the natural hair maven with a 3A hair type. The hair product may/may not work for you. However, if you are a 4C, you probably should add a few more experts to your subscribed list from the 4C collection as a reality check.
Hair Masques and deep conditioners are excellent ways to revitalize hair that is experiencing damage or breakage. If left unmanaged, fragile strands can trip a diva up along the path towards healthy hair.
When choosing a deep conditioner or masque, you need to choose something that is thick, creamy consistency so that it will quench thirsty curls and repair any damage done to the hair.
Curly/kinky hair is more fragile because of the texture so protein and moisture are essentials.
Conditioner choices reign supreme in the natural hair care regimen, but you should not limit their use to the standard apply and rinse ritual. Instead, you must include a good leave-in conditioner. These can help to smooth the hair shaft and help soften curls. In addition, if used in conjunction with heat styling, leave-in conditioners can serve as a shield, sparing you from frying your hair with the blow dryer or the hot iron.
On occasion, a naturalista dares to venture into the land of heat and straight hair. Remember, when applying heat, use a heat protectant to decrease the risk of damage. A thermal spray will not only protect your hair from heat damage but will maximize styling results. Because your hair has tons of texture, heat damage is much more evident for you. Therefore, you should take precautions before even touching that hot tool!
Get a wide-tooth comb and Denman brush. These tools are completely necessary when detangling. Because of the alignment of the teeth, they don't snag and rip strands. This will be a great contributor to your length retention. Also, remember to always detangle from the bottom up because it minimizes snagging and knots.
You now know six ways to grow long, natural hair. There's no reason for you not to add an inch or more this year to your kinks and coils. What are you doing to boost natural hair growth?
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