Some people believe kinky hair only grow to a certain length.The hair grows a half an inch every month, the only thing that will slow down this process is trauma, health issues, sickness and/or medications. Most times, growth is not the main issue but the things we do to our hair prevents hair retention. Healthy hair growth starts with a healthy scalp. Ensure optimal scalp health by avoiding bumps or irritation along your hairline it can cause Traction Alopecia.
Traction Alopecia is gradual hair loss over a period of time when the hair is being pulled to tight. Unfortunately when this happens sometimes the hair does not grow back the same. The follicles have been damaged and this is caused by tight hair styles.
TIP: While cleansing your hair, make sure to massage your scalp with your fingertips instead of using your nails. You can also stimulate hair growth with weekly scalp massages.
OILS & BUTTERS
Oils and butters are great for sealing in that moisture. Coconut oil, castor oil and shea butter are the top sealants among many naturals. Seal your ends with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I have found this oil to be the best at protecting the ends from splitting. It’s so thick and protective, causing the ends to clump together. Seal after every wash and before styling.
TIP: Moisturise your hair as needed. Use your sense of touch to tell. If it feels dry... moisturise!
Pillowcases are a vital part of a daily routine. They feel cozy and comfy when you're in bed, but they could be the culprit behind your stagnant hair growth. Cotton is a highly absorbent material that robs your hair of moisture while you sleep. Furthermore, the cotton fibres can cause individual stands to tangle and break. Satin scarves and pillowcases provide a smooth barrier that hair strands can glide across and prevent hair damage and friction.
TIP: Never sleep on your hair loose. It’s more prone to tangling and breakage. Tie it up and make satin your hair’s best friend. Sleeping in a satin scarf, bonnet or on a satin pillowcase prevents your hair’s moisture from being robbed. It also prevents unnecessary tangling.
Patience during the grow-out process is important. Without it you may feel that your hair is not growing fast enough or get frustrated with your growth. Keep in mind that we all have different rates of growth and your hair can and will grow with proper care. Enjoy each stage of your journey and find inspiration from other naturals with hair the same length as yours. There are so many styling options for hair of all lengths which are equally fierce and fabulous!
TIP: Stop heat styling your hair. Air drying is the best thing you can do to keep your hair on your head. Limit heat styling to rare, special occasions.
So ladies I hope you find this information useful. Don't forget to leave your questions and comments below...
Until next time...