There are a number of practical haircare methods which can be built in to a healthy haircare regime to encourage black hair to grow. The following methods will promote hair growth and minimise hair loss.
The key to having good hair growth is looking after your scalp. Having a clean healthy scalp will promote hair growth. Oil your scalp weekly with a natural oil such as Extra virgin olive oil or Coconut oil.
Massage your scalp weekly, the extra blood flow will encourage hair growth.
Do not grease your scalp with hair pomades which contain petroleum or mineral oil becase they block the pores and prevent hair growth.
When washing your hair concentrate on cleaning the scalp and let the run off clean your hair.
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Maintaining the moisture levels in your hair each day is essential
to hair health. The more moisturised it is, the less likely it is to break.
Always moisturise your hair on a daily basis, regardless of the style you are wearing, so if your hair is protected under a weave or plaits use braid spray. Moisturise with a moisturising hair lotion or water based spray for other styles.
If your wearing your hair out seal in the moisture using a natural oil, coconut oil Extra virgin olive oil and jojoba are good ones to use.
Styles which require low manipulation will enable your hair to retain its length, due to the lack of stress being put on the hair from combing which can unintentionally break hair. Braid outs, twist outs, chiney bumps are all low manipulation styles because you can finger comb to create them. Another benefit is that they don't require heat to create them. Put simply handle your hair very, very gently.
Change “trimming” to “dusting” .When growing your hair it is important to know that hair on average grows approximately ½ inch each month. So there is no point trimming hair by this amount or more every 6-8 weeks. Instead of trimming “dust” your ends. This involves cutting your hair by a ¼ inch or less no sooner than every 6 – 8 wks; ideally try to go for 12wks only if your ends are healthy. However if you ends are split trim them.
Generally speaking ensure that your hair accessories don’t snag at your hair, for example never use elastic hair bands with metal finishes as the pull out the hair when they are removed.
Retain the length of your hair by wear it away from your collars, to prevent contact breakage. An “up do” or bun is ideal.
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