Natural hair growth should not be synonymous to a struggle. True story, my hair NEVER use to grow past my collar bone! I assumed it was just never meant to be longer. I was wrong! Your hair can and WILL GROW. Growing your hair could be stressful! Especially, if you don’t know what you are doing and you aren’t seeing the results you believe you should have. I decided to stop relaxing my hair in 2011. From 2011 to 2013, I transitioned my hair. In 2013, I cut all of my relaxed ends off…and it was the BEST decision I ever made for the health of my hair. After cutting all of my relaxed ends off, my hair was ear length (curly) but neck length when straightened. It was short as hell, but it looked healthier! From there, I gave myself a goal, no particular time limit, to reach BSL. Three years later, I survived to tell you how I did it. This isn’t a “grow your hair immediately” type post. It took 3 years to see this growth from my mini chop. Keep reading to see how it is possible to grow your hair longer.
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Do your research
So you want to go natural? My first tip that I learned from my natural hair growth journey to BSL was to KNOW my hair. It is VERY important to know the science behind your hair. Are you protein sensitive? Do you have low porosity hair or high porosity hair? Is your hair mostly shedding or breaking and do you know the difference between the two? Are you using silicone based products? Does your hair react well to sulfates? Do you know what sulfates are and how to spot them? Are you using the right type of oils to penetrate the hair? Do you know which oils are sealant oils and which are carrier oils? Are you using too much product? Is your hair suffering from build up? I can go on and on about how so many factors contribute to hair growth. As soon as I figured out what my hair liked and didn’t like, I spent less money on products, and spent more time nurturing my hair with what it was asking for! I will do blog post on all the above questions to go further more into my hair growth journey. Make sure you check out my other natural hair growth journey blog posts here!
Don’t be a Product Junkie
Through my natural hair growth journey, I have tried millions upon millions of products that promised me I would have certain results. Once I did my research on my hair, I realized what products were best for me. For us naturals, it is important to have these key ingredients in your hair care regimen.
- Water! (drink it and use it in your hair)
- Deep Conditioner
- Moisturizer (water based)
- Gel (optional) or a type of holding hair cream
Most of these necessities can be combined into one product or has many uses. For example, a good conditioner with good slip can be used as a detangler and leave-in-conditioner. All, except the water, can actually be prepped homemade if you want to take the organic route. There are so many options! In order to grow your hair, these are key nutrients!
Hair Care Regimen
I developed a hair care regimen, or routine, through my natural hair growth journey. It is important to take care of your hair in order for it to grow so it is also important to take the time and come up with a schedule that works for you and your hair. Here are the things I do in my hair care routine
- Every Sunday, I wash my hair with clarifying shampoo (to get rid of all the build up and start squeaky clean)
- Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, I co wash my hair (click here to see how I co-wash my hair).
- Then, I deep condition my hair once, every 2 weeks
- Working in sections is a must!
- Daily moisturizing (morning and night)
- Finger detangle, if it’s possible for your hair. If not, invest in a good detangler brush
- Green tea rinses, 3 times a week to help decrease shedding
- Scalp massages for about 3 minutes every night with jojoba oil to increase blood flow and stimulate hair growth
- NEVER go to bed without protecting my hair with a silk wrap and a bonnet (I am a wild sleeper so I need double protection)
- Every 3 months, I trim my hair
- Protein treatments every 2 months ( I am protein sensitive so I do this sparingly)
- I straighten my hair once a year (I’ll leave it straight for almost 2 weeks)
- I wear my hair out at least 1 to 2 times a week and do protective styles (buns or dutch braids) the rest of the week
Those are my MAIN staples. I like to try new things so I don’t always stick to this list. This is what I did to help reach me to my natural hair growth joal of BSL.
Ditch the chemicals
When I first started my natural hair growth journey, I wanted to only use mostly organic products. I researched a lot! I eventually decided that I would no longer use products that contained
- Sulfates (I only use sulfate shampoo when I clarify my hair to completely cleanse it)
- Mineral Oil
I am not saying that you have to do the same thing. Some girls actually have success with using products that contain these chemicals. After banning those chemicals, I noticed a HUGE difference in my natural hair growth. I also started making some of my own products with stuff I literally already had in my fridge because it was hard to find affordable, organic products.
When I relaxed my hair back in 2010 (before I got my last relaxer) I wanted to grow my hair past collar bone length because nothing else was working. I tried a little vitamin called Biotin. If you haven’t heard of Biotin, you should go research its’ uses. Biotin grew my hair 3 inches in 3 months while I had relaxed hair. The brand of vitamin I used was called Nature Valley Biotin, 5000 mcg. I would take two a day (with water and after a meal) and I took them for about 6 months before I got lazy and forgot to take them. Continuing my natural hair growth journey, I will begin using Biotin again in my regimen and I hope to see similar results.
This is the most important lesson that helped me with my natural hair care journey. There is no “grow hair fast” pill you can take and it does take a while for hair to grow. On average, our hair grows half an inch every month, 6 inches in a year. If you are not seeing growth, it’s because you are not retaining it. Every time your hair grows from your scalp, it’s breaking at the ends, therefore you “think your hair isn’t growing”. YOUR HAIR GROWS EVERYDAY. Do not compare your hair growth to others. Your hair journey will not be the same as another. Just because someone uses products that made their hair grow doesn’t mean you will get the same results.
Natural Hair Growth
So be patient! Do your research! Experiment with different products (not all at once but over a period of a couple of months) to see what works for you. Try to go as natural as possible with your products. Keep your hair moisturized! Keep your hair protected! If you do all these things, I am sure you too can get to BSL!
See you in my next post! Have a great day and hopefully this post helped at least one of you!
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