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How to Successfully Obtain Natural Hair Growth
Natural hair is not as unmanageable as people think.
You just need to learn the proper techniques to make handling it easily.
You also need to master your own specific hair texture to maximize your growth each month.
It is actually quite simple to achieve natural hair growth and get to your goal length.
One of the biggest things we all need to understand about natural hair is the fact that it is very strong but not invincible.
You can damage your hair if you are not gentle with it.
Hair is a fiber that can only be preserved.
It is so important to be gentle with your hair. Ripping through the hair with a comb is a sure way to receive breakage.
The ends are the oldest part of hair and they need to be taken care of the most. The older they get, the easier it is for them to become damaged and break off.
To retain length and grow your hair long and strong, you really need to focus on keeping the ends of your hair healthy.
Of course your scalp is important also but taking care of the ends is how you will retain length over time.
Protecting the Ends of Your Hair
There are many ways you can protect the ends of your hair.
Like I said above, combing the hair softly and slowly can help protect the ends of your hair. Also only combing the hair when wet is another great way to reduce the amount of stress on the hair.
When the hair is wet it is easier for the comb to glide through and it is also easier for the shed hair to shed out with minimal tangling.
Vo5 is a great slippery conditioner that is cheap so you can use as much as you need.
Also loading the hair with a great slippery conditioner is good way to make detangling an easier process.
Another way to protect the ends of your hair is by moisturizing and sealing the hair.
To seal the hair means to lock in the moisture with a type of oil. Water is to ultimate source of moisture.
Any product that is water based or even water itself will be great for moisturizing your hair. Water is your friend!
Oils that I use for sealing in the moisture include: olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil.
I also use shea butter if I want a heavier hold.
Butters like shea and mango are great way to protect the ends also because they are heavy and coat the hair shaft without smothering it.
Castor oil is also very heavy and I would recommend only using heavy oils for sealing with protective up styles, such as buns.
There are many different oils that can be used to seal the hair.
Just remember, oils do not provide moisture.
Water is the only way to moisturize the hair.
When moisturizing and sealing the hair, I always recommend using the moisturizer first and then the oil last.
The oil will lock the in moisture not provide it.
Another way to protect the ends of the hair is by using low manipulation styling. Low manipulation is very important if you want to successfully obtain natural hair growth.
Don’t comb your hair every day.Doing this can really put a lot of stress on the hair.
Try to pick a hair style and wear it for 4 to 5 days a week.
A good style that I like to use is a simple braid out. I don’t have to worry about constantly detangling my hair or re wetting it.
It also lasts me about 4 to 5 days in the week which is really good.
I also love to wear buns. It is simple and can last the whole week.
If your hair isn’t long enough yet braid outs should do just fine but you can also wear wigs or individual braids.
These are also good ways to give the hair a break for a while.
I often like to take a few days to braid my hair in small braids and this style lasts me for about 3 weeks.
With my natural hair individual braids don’t last as long as others because of my hair texture. Depending on your hair texture certain styles my last longer or shorter than others. Find what works out for you.
Another important part of obtaining natural hair growth is to trim your hair. Trimming your hair ensures that you keep your ends strong and healthy.
Over time your hair will naturally ware down.
Trimming the ends of your hair every three months will be enough to make sure your ends stay healthy because they are the most important.
Some may be able go longer without trimming depending on the way the hair is taken hair of.
Some people who don’t trim at all because they are so gentle with their hair.
I like to be safe and make sure my ends are as healthy as possible.
Another reason I like to trim my hair is because of single stand knots.Dealing with those can be a battle.
With extremely curly, coily hair it is almost impossible to completely prevent yourself from getting single strand knots.
Curly hair likes to naturally curl around itself and this is what creates the knots. When you allow your hair to shrink after it has gotten wet this will guarantee single strand knots.
To prevent these it is important to keep the hair stretched as much as possible. By this I mean 90% of the time
A great way to stretch the hair is by braiding it. I like to braid my hair in about five braids weighed down with Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and Raw Shea Butter.
I use the Shea Moisture's deep treatment masque as a leave in conditioner and I use the shea butter to weigh down my hair and seal in the moisture.
This has helped me combat single strand knots.
Protecting the ends of your hair is so important when it comes to retaining length and growing your natural hair long and strong.
So many people say that natural hair is unmanageable but it truly is not.
Of course it may be frustrating at times and it may also take more time to take care of when compared to straighter hair types but if you give it a chance and be patient you will be happy with your results!
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