Natural hair is beautiful. Whether it is type 3 or type 4, long or short, we have to all admit the fact that natural hair is immensely beautiful. We’ve been made to believe that our hair cannot grow past a certain length. Although the rate at which your hair grows is determined by your genetics, retaining the length of your hair is another matter entirely.
Lack of length retention is the reason why some curly girls have never had their hair grow past their shoulders. This doesn’t mean their hair is not growing, rather, they are not retaining the new length for one reason or another. Here are eight tips to grow your natural hair faster and retain your length.
1. Trim your hair
While trimming sounds counterproductive, it actually is an effective way to grow your natural hair. Why? Frequent trims mean that your hair never has split ends. Split ends are one of the reasons why your hair looks like it’s not growing. The longer you leave split ends in your hair, the longer it will take to “grow”. Split ends will travel up your hair shaft and make your ends break off. So, your hair will keep growing but will remain the same length. There are different ways to trim your hair. You can decide to look for the split ends and then trim them off.
While this method is effective, you might end up chopping bits of hair in different places leading to uneven hair. An alternative to this is the “twist and trim” method. This method is more effective as you just do some two-strand twists and trip when you’re done. The last method is to comb out your hair to a certain length and then snip the ends. It could be one inch or half an inch. That depends on you. You could also get a friend or go to your hairdresser to trim your hair. Whatever method you choose, your hair will thank you, and you will see more length retained. You should trim your hair every four to six weeks for maximum retention.
2. Condition your hair
Have you ever washed your hair without conditioning? Don’t do that. It’s better for you to do a wash with only a conditioner, called a “co-wash” than for you to shampoo without conditioning. This is because shampoos usually strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils while attempting to cleanse it. A conditioning treatment is the first step to getting some moisture back in your hair. Invest in a good leave-in conditioner for days when your hair needs a little extra boost of moisture. Your hair will not only grow faster but the strands will remain healthy and strong.
3. Try a DIY deep conditioner
Deep conditioning is necessary if you are trying to grow your natural hair. However, shelve deep conditioners may not be giving your hair the nutrition it needs. The solution would be to make one yourself. This plant and sometimes animal-based organic deep conditioners help to restore shine and softness to your hair. Don’t forget to either use a heating cap or hooded dryer when deep conditioning.
If those are unavailable, a plastic wrap or shower cap will do the same trick. The proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins found in a DIY deep conditioner might be just what your hair needs. There are dozens of deep conditioner recipes, from Avocado based recipes to aloe vera and eggs and mayonnaise. The point is, a DIY deep conditioner might just be what your hair needs.
4. Avoid heat
Hot on the tips to help you grow your natural hair length, is avoid heat. Straighteners and blow dryers seem like fun until you discover how much damage they have made to your scalp. Proteins are prone to denaturation by heat and hair is made up of protein. Damaged hair has a dry, fluffy appearance that makes them unattractive. Also, it makes your hair more prone to split ends and shedding.
Thus, avoid heat at all cost. If you must blow-dry your hair, then blow it dry on a cool setting and with a diffuser. The only time when heating is allowed is with deep conditioning, especially when your hair is low porosity. If you are not deep conditioning your hair or blow-drying on mild temperature, you have no business using heat on your hair. Avoid heat for a while and see the transformation of your hair. You’ll thank us later.
5. Moisturize your hair
Natural hair needs moisture to thrive. Invest in a spray bottle and use it to spray your hair with water before you style or just to refresh your style. If you want to grow your natural hair, think moisture. Make sure to also get a good leave-in conditioner or moisturizer. You want to look for those conditioners or moisturizers that contain humectants. These will help draw more moisture into your hair from the air.
Your moisturizing routine can either be the LOC method or the LCO method. This depends on your hair texture and porosity. People with high porosity will mostly use the LOC method and vice versa. The main takeaway here is to find which routine works for you and act accordingly. Also, after moisturizing your hair, keep it oiled to retain the moisture.
6. Invest in a silk wrap or silk pillowcases
Black hair is often so soft and fragile that you have to wrap your hair in silk at night. Buy yourself a silk wrap or bonnet. If you don’t particularly like to sleep with a wrap on your head, get yourself silk pillowcases. Investing in silk for your hair is so important. The silk protects your hair from breakage. Also, silk helps your hair retain moisture, leaving it less dry and brittle.
7. Detangle and brush gently
With natural hair, you want to detangle properly. Now while detangling, ensure that you are gentle with your hair. You don’t want to be pulling and tugging at your hair. Also, ensure that your hair is not dry while you’re detangling. Spray some water or get a detangler and a detangling brush. This will help protect your ends from splitting. If you want to grow your natural hair, be gentle with detangling and brushing.
8. Massage your scalp
We often neglect the importance of a scalp massage. Massaging your scalp helps to increase blood flow. This will, in turn, help your hair to grow thicker and longer. You can choose an oil that works for your hair and scalp, and add messaging to your moisturizing routine. Alternatively, you can create time to massage your scalp. You can do this while watching a film or speaking to a close friend. If you want to grow your natural hair, don’t forget to massage your scalp.
We often forget that our hair is an extension of our bodies. Consequently, we neglect the care of our hair leading to severe consequences. We hope that these tips will help you grow your natural hair. Is there any special tip that you have been using to grow your natural hair? Feel free to let us know in the comment box below.