Healthy Hair Growth Tips
Why I Started My Healthy Hair Journey
Let me begin by saying that my reasons for wanting to have healthy hair growth doesn't have anything to do with me wanting to go natural or wanting to grow long hair. I just want to have healthy hair, rather than long unhealthy hair.
I was about 10 years old when my mother first put a relaxer in my hair. It was the biggest blessing in my life and hers. Mine because I had nice straight hair that blew in the wind. For her it meant no more struggling with my thick grade of hair. So, for the past 13 years I've been relaxing my hair every three to four months. (Usually three because my new growth was so much thicker than my relaxed hair). It recent years I was able to stretch it to 6 months because my hair wasn't growing as much.
January 2013, I made a conscious decision to take better care of my hair. I started washing and conditioning my hair once a week, trimming my ends whenever need be, and not tussling with it as much. But I ran into an issue. After three months, I had absolutely no new growth. NONE! This told me that my hair and scalp wasn't healthy enough to support hair growth and I was doing something terribly wrong.
So I decided to do some research and this is what I have found to help with my hair growth.
Co-Washing. What's that?
What you put in your hair makes all the difference in the world. I thought I was doing good by washing my hair once a week, but I was doing more damage and no good. I was using normal shampoos that are filled with sulfates, which are harsh on the hair and strips your tresses from the healthy, natural oils.
With research I learned that most conditioners contain cleansing agents and shampoos aren't actually necessary. So, I began to co-wash my hair. Co-washing is just a simple method of washing your hair with conditioner. I have used Treseme, which is a great brand, but I am currently using Suave Professionals Almond+Shea butter, which does excellent with moisturizing my hair.
The Importance of Deep Conditioning
I co-washed my hair. Isn't that good enough? NO! Cowashing is for the purpose of cleansing your hair without the damaging effects of shampoos. It is essential that you find a deep conditioner that is good for you and works on your particular hair.Deep conditioning is essential for your hair to get an adequate amount of moisture and maintain it, repair damage that may already be done to your hair, and to build strength.
I never deep condition with the same thing two weeks in a row. I have three deep conditioners that I alternate with; Dr. Miracle's Deep conditioner Pack, Africa's Best Organics Hair Mayonnaise, and Olive oil. I know some people will say that Olive oil is a oil treatment rather than a deep conditioner, but for me it acts the same. Hot oil treatments have worked wonders for the growth of my hair.
My Battle With Heat and Styling
If you are relaxed, you know how it feels when you are in need of a relaxer. I've been in that state for the past 6 months. I'm undecided on weather or not I want to continue to relax my hair. I know that a relaxer is harmful to the hair, but I do believe you can grow healthy relaxed hair if you know how to not over process the hair.
Since I've been in this transitioning period, I have done my best to stay away from heat. I have not flat ironed, blow dried, used heated rollers, or used any source of heat on my hair in eight months, which has proven to be more than a struggle for me. I had to learn all about protective styles. For the most part I have kept my hair in a bun. I have on occasion done a twist out or a braid out, but I find that my hair is too short and thick for it to look appealing on me.
Protective styles range from braids, sew-ins, buns, wigs, or any style that require minimum to no manipulation of your own hair or that protects it from the the daily stress of wearing it out.
If You Don't Want to Read All About My Journey....
- Co-wash your hair once a week. If you choose to use Shampoo, make sure it is sulfate free.
- Deep Condition your hair weekly. Everyone's hair is different so make sure you check reviews on what type of deep conditioner is best for you and your type of hair!
- Avoid using heat on your hair! Sometimes it may be necessary, but if it is, always use a good heat protector! Wear your hair in protective styles that require low manipulation.
- Eat healthy and stay active. When you take care of your body it shows. Your outer appearance is a reflection of your inner health. Multi-vitamins are a good ways to promote healthy hair. I recommend GNC's Ultra Nourish-Hair