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20 Jun

TOP TIPS ON GROWING LONG AND HEALTHY NATURAL HAIR

“I love my natural hair because it’s a reflection of my soul. It’s dense, it’s kinky, it’s soft, it’s textured, it’s difficult, it’s easy and it’s fun. That’s why I love my hair.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

Welcome to Haircare 101, today, I’m going to be sharing with you my top five tips for growing your natural hair

Tip #1: Understand your hair 

You need to understand and know your hair in order for it to grow. Our hair is like a plant, if you water it and take care of it, it will grow. However, different types of hair would require different things. Therefore, take time to know your hair, try products and see how your hair reacts to those products. Know your hair and it will grow it better.

Tip #2: Play with deep conditioning

Always deep condition your hair, every time you wash your hair make sure you deep condition right after. Deep Conditioning makes your hair extremely soft, adds moisture and makes your hair more manageable especially if you have really thick hair. Also, I like to add a bit of honey and castor oil to my deep conditioner, I find that my hair is even softer, way more hydrated and grows faster. 

Tip #3: Trim your ends

Never forget your ends, we often pay so much attention to the scalp that we forget to give the same attention to our ends. Our ends are usually the last part to receive moisture and product, but they are the first to lose these things. Therefore, we really need to keep a close eye on them more.  Also, having regular trimming will help the hair stay healthy and grow better. Always try and get a trim every 4-6 weeks. In addition to that, it is vital that we moisturise and seal our ends/hair. This promotes healthy growth and helps strengthen the hair.

Tip #4: Work in sections

With natural hair, especially as it grows longer, I find that working in sections of 4 or 6 depending on the thickness of your hair will make it easier to ensure that all aspects of your hair receive the full coverage of the treatment you are using. This will ensure that all sections of the hair grow properly and together. Although this process can be very time-consuming, it is definitely worth the effort.

Tip #5: Protective styling is your friend

An example of protective styling, Crochet Braids

Last but not the least, protective styling is everything, especially at extreme temperatures. As the name suggests protective styling will keep your hair safe, particularly your ends, it prevents knots and limits unnecessary manipulation to your lovely locks.

Remember, do everything based on the understanding you have of your hair and stick to that routine. If you have dry hair, you’ll need to moisturise and hydrate more. If you have greasy hair use less oily products and do not over moisturise. Lastly, do not be lazy, long, thick hair takes a lot of work and time, but it is always worth it in the end.

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