When I first stop relaxing, I had no intention of wearing my hair in its natural state. I just knew that the relaxers were thinning out my hair. So I straightened my hair on a regular basis. My hair was becoming thick, but it wasn't where I wanted it to be. Then I decided to become a curly girl and I haven't looked back! So in saying that, here are my tips for growing healthy hair.
1. Create a solid healthy hair care regimen. This means creating a process for your hair every day, week, two weeks, and every month. With each process, include your go-to products. For example my daily process includes moisturizing and sealing with my favorite leave in and usually EVOO. If necessary, write it down. Its always good to have a tangible reminder to keep you on track.
2. Moisturize and Seal (M&S) your hair. You've heard it before and I'll say it again. Give your hair and those ends their proper due. Its not gonna moisturize itself anymore. Daily or every two days, give it some moisture.
3. Wash your hair. I know some are like WHAT?, but I've heard stories where some don't wash their hair for months. This is a no-no. I was watching that Dark and Lovely commercial where they said their serum can keep your hair from reverting for 6 weeks. Not washing for 6 weeks? No bueno...Washing away the buildup and keeping the scalp clean is important for hair growth. A healthy, clean scalp is the basis for healthy hair.
4. Deep Condition those strands. If I keep beating you over the head with Moisturizing and Sealing, then I'm sure deep conditioning is getting stuffed down your throat :-). Deep conditioning strengths hair from the inside, while M&S protects from the outside. Take heed ladies and gents, proper conditioning is the key to healthy hair.
5. Trim your ends. To be honest, I trim my hair twice a year. If you properly take care of your hair and don't use straightening products like flat irons or blow dryers, you don't have to trim as often. But regular wear and tear like combs, brushes, even our fingers, can cause splits. So snip them off.
6. Protect your hair. Some naturals do, some don't. I'm fifty/fifty on the issue. I will bun my hair half the week, and wear it "out" the other half. I bun more in the winter, but I still wear my hair out. But it is always good to give your hair a break from the cold temps and tuck those ends away.
7. Use the right products. This was is a bit harder to do and of course take trial and error. But research before you buy. YouTube is always a good tool. Reviews on sites like Curlmart.com is beneficial as well. Buying products that work best with your hair texture is important in under conditioning/moisturizing your hair. All products are not catered to all natural hair.
8. Work it from the inside out. I was one who didn't care to hear this step. I didn't have the desire to drink water, I like Coke! But, I became a believer when I started drinking water every day. It's a no-brainier, water cleanses the body, flushing out toxins and all the crap we accumulate on a daily basis. It hydrates the body and in turn, the hair and scalp. If you want to take it a step further, hair vitamins. I've never used them, I just stick with the water.
9. Use the right tools. Okay folks, let's throw away that hard bristle brush from grade school that brushes your eyebrows into your hairline. It's not good for your edges and will thin them out. Let's replace those rubber bands with satin scrunchies or ouchless bands you can get from every where. Rubber bands WILL break your hair off. It's okay to toss out the cotton scarf that's fraying around the edges. A satin scarf or bonnet can easily take it's place. We have to be gentle with natural hair and the tools we used when relaxed, we probably shouldn't be using them now that we are natural. Check out this post for recommended hair tools.
10. Be patient and consistent *cue eye rolls*. I know, trust me I do. But staying consistent with your regimen produces healthy long hair. And being patient will ensure that you enjoy each process of this journey and your hair and not focus so much on the length.
So these are my top tens. Hope it helps. I'm ready for some FOOTBALL!! Have a safe and wonderful Sunday and see you next post!