There’s a myth that women of African descent can’t grow their hair pass their shoulders. Well there are black women on YouTube and various websites who are squeezing the lights out of that myth. These women have healthy, vibrant looking hair that’s growing longer and longer with each passing month.
Black hair grows at the same rate as any other race. However, most black women haven’t obtained a longer hair length because we really don’t understand how to nourish our hair so that we can retain our hair as it grows. Growing long hair isn’t hard for African Americans, it just takes due diligence to improve the health of our hair as well as patience, to not give up on increasing the length of our hair.
To jump start your healthy, long hair growth journey, the first thing you will need to do is to take a look at your current hair products. You will need the proper hair care products to clean, condition, moisturize, seal, protect and style your hair. Go through your current products and get rid of any products that will not benefit your healthy hair journey.
You will need to start washing your hair at least one time per week. You will need a moisturizing shampoo, the shampoo should be free of parabens, sulfates, silicones, mineral oil, artificial colors and animal parts. Some good starters are Curls – Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream, Carol’s Daughter – Black Vanilla Herbal Shampoo, Kinky Curly – Come Clean, and Jane Carter Solutions – Moisture Nourishing Shampoo. If these shampoos are too steep for your pockets then Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) has a little less expensive Aloe Shampoo that works well.
You should condition your hair after every single wash. Your conditioners should be moisturizing and not drying to your hair. Look for conditioners that are cream-based not gel-based, and have moisturizing, natural oils like jojoba, coconut and olive oils. Curls, Carol’s Daughter, Kinky Curly, Jane Carter Solutions and ORS all have great moisturizing conditioners.
In between your weekly shampoo, you can even co-wash you hair. Co-washing is simply washing your hair with conditioner.
You will also need a good moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner that compliments the conditioner that you’ve selected.
Moisturize and Seal
You will need to start moisturizing and sealing your hair twice a day, in the morning and before you go to bed at night. Moisture is key, to promote healthy hair growth for African Americans. Simply put, dry hair easily breaks off. Keep it moisturized, it will become stronger and it won’t break as easily. Once the hair is moisturized, then you’ll need to use an oil to seal the moisture into the hair shaft.
Curls, Carol’s Daughter, Kinky Curly, Jane Carter Solutions and ORS all have great daily moisturizers that can be used twice a day with minimal buildup. Use oils such as castor oil, coconut oil or olive oil to seal the moisture into your hair shaft. You can purchase these oils from your local health food store. You won’t need much, just a dab will do.
Protect and Style
Reduce the amount of heat that’s used on your hair and always, always, always use a thermal protectant when you use a heat instrument, like a curling or flat iron. Silk Elements Mega Silk and CHI 44 Iron Guard Protection always get high marks for their protection. Spray the product directly onto each section of hair before applying heat.
Always wear a silk or satin scarf or bonnet to bed.
Style your hair in protective styles at least 3 days a week and in low manipulation styles the other 4 days.
Always use a wide tooth comb when combing and detangling your hair.
Join the Online Black Hair Community
There are several forums, blogs, YouTube Channels that are dedicated to providing information to black women to help them grow their hair, healthy, beautiful and long.
Hairlista.com is dedicated to both natural and relaxed hair.
Nappturality.com is dedicated to natural hair.
Longhaircareforum.com has tons of info about hair care.
KISS – Keep It Simple Sista is dedicated to improving hair quality.
On YouTube check out prettydimples and kimmaytube
Take the time to educate yourself and to find what works for you. Be consistent and remember patience is needed to obtain all your hair length goals.
Good Luck and Happy Growing,