In 2019 I have notice that there are far more women returning natural. I cant believe the abundance of gorgeous Black Queens that I have been seeing embracing their beautiful curls, locs or kinks. However, for some (myself included )the beginning stages, and daily maintenance are beyond rough, and everyone is always looking for ways to keep their hair healthy and growing. Let's talk about it!
First of let's get an understanding that excessive hair growth does not happen overnight. In fact, according to the U.S. Center of Disease Control ,hair only grows about 0.50 inches a month. However age,hair type, health, and race all play into the factors of hair loss and growth. As you get older the hair follicles simply do not grow like they use to, and having hormonal issues and health complications certainly do not help when you are trying to stimulate growth. However, besides those factors, there are still natural steps that you can take in order to promote hair growth.
Be mindful of the products and hairstyles you apply to your hair. Just because something is labeled natural /organic does not mean that it isn't harmful for your hair. Be sure that the products that you use do not contain any sulfates or parabens. Also make sure that whatever style that you are getting is not to tight. Natural hair is more delicate and should not be twisted to tight or snatched out when removing .
Change your diet. Remember that whatever you put in the body comes out of the body and the hair is the main source of your body's information. Your hair follicles need the proper nutrients to grow and built up toxins in your body prevents the nutrients from getting where they need to be. Stay hydrated, and be sure to eat foods that are enriched in vitamins and healthy proteins to help promote growth and stabilize healthy hair.
Use shampoo and conditioner. Your hair has to be clean. With all of the products and toxins that have been lingering in your hair, it is quite obvious that your hair could contain product build up. However, clean hair is only half of the process, you have to make sure that you are using some sort of conditioner. Conditioner helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shafts as well as seal the cuticle to help prevent more damage from happening so that you can get your hair to grow longer and look healthier.
Keeping your hair moisturized - You should also
be applying moisture to your hair at minimum at least 2 or 3 times a week. You can’t moisturize your hair without water. In fact, you may already use a range of products and conditioners to moisturize your hair, but a true moisturizer will have water listed as one of the first two ingredients.Always remember that the key to healthy hair is balance. Be careful of over-moisturizing, because it can do more harm than good. Balancing moisture and protein in your hair is very important to improving hair elasticity, which helps prevent breakage.
Keep your hair oiled (seal in the moisture) Try using oils rich in vitamin E that facilitate healthy hair growth. Jamaican Black Castor oil is a good one! It is very thick and sticky so you can help increase its efficacy by mixing one ounce of castor oil with four drops of rosemary essential oil and massaging it into your scalp.
These are just some of the things that I have used to help get my hair to growing and if you are interested in learning more, be sure to grab my book/haircare journal called "The Natural Hair Care Scriptures- Return to Your Roots" where I offer stories, tips and product recipes. This book is on sale for the month of March.(click link for purchase)
Also check out my 2 podcast episodes where I have a conversations with 2 friends offering tips and experiences as we all returned natural.
Natural Hair convo featuring Jazma Johnson Podcast episode
Natural Hair Convo With the Hair Fairy aka Krysta Buggs