The natural hair trend has been on the rise in recent times. We have heard and tried various methods of growing healthy natural hair. From the tales told no one tends to mention the efforts one has to put in to achieve the best results.
Well growing and taking care of an afro is no light task. There are various methods and products used to grow healthy natural hair.
On the other hand, maintaining natural hair is also a task that requires time and commitment for the best outcome. In addition, patience and hard work are as well necessary for great results.
Also for healthy hair, one needs to be keen on their diet. As the nutrients we consume are necessary and important when it comes to our hair growth.
Below are some tips on how to grow healthy natural hair
1. Ensure you hair is always moisturised
This is ensuring your hair retains its moisture. Retaining your hair moisture prevents the scalp from drying, which might lead to hair breakage, itchiness, and dandruff.
2. Identify hair oils that work for you
There are different types of oils used on natural hair. It is good to note that not all hair oils are used on the hair are safe to use on the scalp. Thus, it is best to first identify the oils most favorable to you. below are some oil types best for hair maintenance.
Hair oils help moist your hair and scalp. They are also a source of nutrients.
Using coconut oil as a hair mask or leave-in treatment helps moisturize and seal the hair. This helps prevent a dry, flaky scalp and dandruff as well as split ends and hair breakage.
It helps improve the hair texture and also restores health and shine to your hair.
Coconut oil can as well be used as a pre-wash protector and a styling aid. It is also suited to all hair types.
The ricinoleic acid increases scalp blood flow, which promotes healthier hair and growth. It also contains antimicrobial properties, which help to keep out harmful bacterial and protect the scalp from diseases and infections. Castor oil is also good for hair growth.
NOTE: castor oil can cause skin irritation which may lead to dryness, sensitivity or even hair loss.
Cold-pressed castor oil is most recommended. If you are to use black castor oil apply it only to the scalp.
Olive oil has a major moisturizing effect, adds softness, and strengthens the hair. It is most beneficial for dry thick hair. For hair treated with relaxers, perms and bleach wait for at least 72 hours after the treatment to apply olive oil.
Almond oil (oil extracted from almonds) is a nourishing oil that helps soften and strengthen the hair. It is rich in biotin (vitamin B7). Almond oil keeps your hair and nails strong.
Also, it protects your hair from sun damage. Almond oil is best for scalp treatment (soothes scalp inflammation, dandruff, itchiness, and redness). It as well makes hair prone to split ends, fights, and frizz.
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Jojoba oil is a product of the seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis plant. It has benefits similar to those of olive oil. Also, Jojoba oil is used for various skincare purposes.
NOTE: those with acne should avoid using it on their faces.
Mostly used as a skin and hair moisturizer for it is full of fatty acids. It provides a fatty layer to the hair scalp that helps prevent dryness and helps reduce fizziness and boosts shine
3. Use protective styles
Protective styling helps ensure that your hair is not easily damaged. Find a style that works for you. It also ensures that your hair Is not damaged by extreme temperatures and ensures the hair moisture is locked in.
Protective styles also depend on the hair length. Also, avoid hairstyles that are tight, they promote hair breakage.
4. Do not wash frequently
Frequent hair wash can lead to dry hair and without protection can lead to damage and breakage.
Also, the skin produces oils that help moisturize your scalp and hair thus when you wash your hair frequently, you reduce the number of oils on your scalp leading to dryness and itchiness.
5. Cut split and dead ends (trimming)
Even flowers are trimmed to promote growth and removing unwanted twigs. Similarly damaged ends lead to stunting hair growth, the growing hair matches the rate of breakage, thus your hair still grows back and more.
6. Use products on freshly washed hair
After dumping the excess water out of your hair after washing. Immediately apply your preferred hair products, treatment, and oils. The oils help seal in the moisture.
7. Minimise using heat on your hair
I know this seems absurd but you have to drop that hair straightening equipment if you want to have strong natural hair.
Frequent use of heat on the hair leads to heat damage which makes the hair weak. It also makes the hair look damaged, and causes dryness, breakage, and split ends. Thus for strong healthy hair avoid using heat on your hair.
8. Wrap your hair
I know head wraps are uncomfortable. And sometimes tying your hair makes you feel uneasy while you sleep. But tying up helps put your hair in place thus reducing the rate of breakage while you sleep.
Also using a head wrap as you sleep help helps avoid the loss of hair moisture. Either way, if sleeping with a head wrap on is a bother, try using a silk pillowcase.
9. Treat your Natural hair and scalp differently
As you treat your face with different products from your body. Then do so to your hair and scalp. Hair products protect your hair and encourage growth but can be harmful to your scalp.
10. Care for your edges too
Rarely do we care for our hairline. Most of us realize how much we have neglected our edges when it’s too late. Well as stated earlier, protective hairstyles are important but also we should let them go once in a while to allow the regrowth of the edges.
They are the first line of defense and damage can occur even when without our realization. Thus as we use protective hairstyles we should ensure that our edges cannot be damages.
Also keeping the edges moisturized helps prevent breakage. Ensure you moisturize frequently.
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11. Careful combing
A common mistake while combing our hair is not using any moisturizers. Before coming out of your hair. Ensure you moisturize your hair. This helps reduce the rate of breakage and makes it easier to detangle.
Use a wide-toothed comb to avoid hair loss as you comb your hair. It is easy to use when detangling the hair, also it helps reduce hair breakage while combing.
Ensure to comb your hair before getting to bed. It helps with circulation, promoting a healthier scalp.
12. Mind what you eat
What you eat is reflected in your hair and body. Thus eating healthy foods helps in growing healthy hair.
Increase the intake of proteins. Also, vitamins A, C, and E and zinc and iron minerals contribute to healthy hair. Simply care for your hair from the inside.
13. Choose what works for you
Not everything works for us. Also, our preferences are different, thus choosing what works for you, based on your hair type, is important to avoid instances where you might suffer hair loss. Which is the complete opposite of what we are trying to achieve.