Hair growth is one of the clear signs of healthy hair. There are a lot of factors that can influence hair growth from the environment to daily wear and tear.  In this guide, we will give you the template to help you learn about growing healthy hair and retain length regardless of your hair type. 

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1. Hair care starts with scalp care.

The scalp can be one of the most neglected areas on our bodies because it is simply out of sight. This is one of the reasons why hair growth can be quite difficult to achieve. The scalp is easily susceptible to itchiness, dryness and irritation if it is not given enough attention. To ward off any scalp issues, make sure you’re giving it enough attention. In this way, you’ll be creating a healthier environment for your hair to flourish.

To get a healthy scalp you need to avoid hair care products that contain harsh chemicals.  Also, avoid products that you think might be sensitive to your skin or scalp. I once used essential oils directly on my skin and I had a very bad allergic reaction to it so I try as much as I can to eliminate products that contain essential oils to avoid damage to my hair shaft and scalp skin. Additionally, gently shampoo without stripping your hair of its natural oils

2. Protect your hair.

Protecting your hair from physical damage does not grow your hair. It helps to retain the hair length that you already have. Hair, especially Black hair, is prone to a lot of damage if care is not taken. Daily wear and tear, harsh environmental conditions, bad detangling methods and other factors influence hair growth and breakage and having breakage-prone hair can make achieving your length goals nearly impossible. Protecting your hair can take many forms. 

The first tip to protect your hair is to avoid hairstyles that are too tight. Constantly wearing hairstyles that pull on your hair can lead to hair loss. This is because the constant pulling damages your hair follicles and if this pattern is continued, it can lead to permanent hair loss.

Our second tip to protect your hair is to make sure you wear low manipulation/ protective hairstyles that require minimal heat. When done correctly, protective and low manipulation hairstyles are very instrumental in retaining length and minimizing breakage. A protective hairstyle is a hairstyle that tucks the hair away and keeps it free from manipulation. There are different types and variations of protective hairstyles. Protective hairstyles include braids, locks, and twists. A low manipulation style is less about the ends and more about creating a style that requires less touching overall. It is really any style that doesn’t require you to touch your hair too much.

Our final tip to protect your hair is in your night routine. When sleeping, tossing and turning is bound to happen. This can cause a lot of friction and remove moisture from your hair. To protect against this, try to use materials like silk and satin bonnets and pillowcases which help to retain moisture and in the long run will help hair growth.

3. Get regular trims.

Regularly trimming your hair sounds counterintuitive when you’re trying to grow out your hair but it will help in the long run. Hair growth happens from your scalp but the ends of your hair can be a stumbling block to the growth of healthy hair. Regular trimming will help to reduce breakage and split ends.  Split ends when the ends of your hair become dry, brittle, and frayed. The only remedy for them is to cut them off. If you’re too scared to cut them, go to a trusted stylist every few months.

4. Moisturize! 

Adding leave-in Conditioners, hydrating hair masks, deep conditioners as well as oils and butters to your routine are a sure-fire way of making sure your hair is moisturised. The most moisture your hair can get however, is from water. Your first layer of moisturizer should be water based because your hair cannot be hydrated without water. The moisture can then be sealed with anti humectants like oils and butters. Please note that some oils and butters can weigh down your hair and cause product build up when used frequently. It is advised that you use a light weight oil to seal in moisture to avoid buildup.

5. Your hair is what you eat.

What you put on your hair doesn’t really matter if you’re not taking care of your inner health. Because your hair is made of protein, try to incorporate a lot of protein in your diet. In addition to foods high in protein, vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like zinc and iron, and omega-3 fatty acids can also contribute to healthier hair, the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Nutrition Lab advises. Also make sure you’re constantly hydrated by increasing your water intake.

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