There’s that myth that if you relax your hair, it will never go past your shoulder. Not true. Although relaxed hair is more fragile and susceptible to damage, it is not damnation to short hair. More terrible is the myth that a black girl cannot grow long hair. You can grow your hair to your waist if you want and if you are willing to work towards it. If you want to grow your hair longer and healthier, here a few steps to take note of.
You’ve been wondering why your hair isn’t growing, but you never take vitamins or eat right either. The hair, like every living cell, needs vitamins to grow. Vitamin A, for instance, not only helps in hair growth but supports the production of hair sebum that helps moisturize the scalp and hair. Food high in vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, and spinach. Other vitamins such as B-Vitamins ( of which Biotin is the most popular), iron help in hair growth . They help create red blood cells in the body that carry oxygen and other nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. Other vitamins good for hair growth are vitamin E, Vitamin C, zinc, and folic acid.
Use protein as a deep conditioner
Do you know your hair is protein? Our hair is made up of keratin, a type of protein. Ever tried using egg or mayonnaise in your conditioner and noticed your hair felt stronger? That’s because they are high in protein. Adding protein to your deep conditioning routine is great but take note not to put too much to avoid protein overload . You can consider finding hair conditioners with added keratin.
Use a satin pillow or a satin scarf
Satin is gentle on the hair and is not drying to the hair, like cotton and all other materials. Where you rest your hair on is important. It can cause split ends and cause dry hair. Using satin materials prevents hair breakage and drying.
Deep condition your hair regularly.
No one likes dry hair. Your hair doesn’t like being dry either. Dry hair or the absence of moisture in the hair increases breakage and split ends. Deep conditioning relaxed hair for at least two (2) to three (3) times a month is essential to retaining length. People normally relax their hair to avoid the stress of taking care of their hair, little do they know that relaxed hair needs as much TLC (tender, love, and care) as natural hair. You have to relearn your hair when relaxed, not abandon it. You can either make a deep-conditioner mixture with home-made products, such as avocado, aloe vera, egg, shea-butter, mayonnaise, rose-water e.t.c, or just buy a ready-made deep conditioner.
Stretch your relaxers
This is an important one. Regardless of how you see it, relaxers are harsh for your hair. Knowing this, you shouldn’t apply them on your hair every month; not only for your hair but your health as well. I stretch my relaxers every four (4) months. There’s no hard rule on the timing. You have to choose what works best for you. I once stretched my relaxers for over 6 months and it ended up breaking my hair. So find what works for you and stretch your relaxers accordingly.
Comb your hair.
Please comb your hair and while at it, go down to your roots. When relaxed, you deal with two textures, especially weeks after your relaxer. It is important to still comb your hair well because not combing the two textures together could lead to breakage. Also, comb your hair gently knowing that the point between the relaxed hair and regrowth is the most fragile part of your hair strand.
Avoid dealing with your hair dry or really wet
Wen to comb your hair is also a big deal. You can grow long hair and then just rip it all of combing your hair the wrong time and way. When relaxed your hair gets really weak when wet. Hence, avoid brushing your hair when it is wet. Also, avoid combing your hair when it is too dry. Comb your hair with some moisture in it; not dry or wet.
Do protective styles! This is an easy recipe for hair growth. Protective styles help you leave your hair alone. When your hair is in braids, for instance, you are not constantly touching it, combing it, and sleeping on it. You, however, have to ensure the protective style is not done too tight, to end up breaking your hair. Do not also neglect your hair in protective style; oil your hair regularly and make a hair spray with oil you can mist your hair with daily or every other day. Failure to take care of your hair in a protective style can leave it dry, leading to breakage when taking down your protective style.
The person who takes care of your hair can determine how much hair you will retain. Find a person who values the health of your hair. When making your hair, ensure they don’t hold your edges tight and don’t comb your hair roughly. Don’t forget, if you are paying for it, you deserve the best service.