Growing natural hair out can be a real challenge especially if you have transitioned into this new texture from a relaxer. Many have to start from ground zero after choosing to “Big Chop”. This will leave you with a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) and now you have to figure out how to get your long healthy hair if that’s your goal. There are many things that come into play when striving to achieve hair length, including styling and hair maintenance.
5 Natural Hair Grow Out Tips
Your hair is part of your body and that means what you eat will directly affect the health of your hair if it’s not nutritional. Things that need to be consumed in your diet should be rich in iron, protein, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.
Talk with a physician about your vitamin intake and ask him or her about the choices for increasing the growth of your hair. Vitamin E has been shown to help with the growth of hair as well as preventing hair loss.
MSM (A naturally occurring form of sulfur found in many foods) lengthens the natural hair growth phase allowing greater lengths to be achieved. Biotin, another key ingredient, promotes cell growth, the production of fatty acids, metabolism of fats, and amino acids. These two ingredients in addition to the others (Folic Acid, Niacin, Silica, etc) are all essential for for maximizing hair growth. VIA Hair Finity
3. Natural Oils
Castor oil, Jojoba oil and Olive oil are absolutely great when it comes to growing your natural hair out. They help seal and coat your hair for optimum moisture which helps keep the strands from breaking off due to dryness. Reduce brittle and more.
4. Trim Those Ends
It may seem like an oxymoron to say “Trim Hair for Growth” but trust us it’s not. If you don’t learn to properly trim your hair and remove dead ends you will suffer more hair breakage. You should be trimming the bottom 1/4 to 1/2 inch of hair every two to three months or as needed. This is NOT a haircut. Trim those ends before they break off on their own and create split ends which will travel up the shaft and destroy your length.
This tip is ALL about hair retention. It’s a fact that hair grows an average of half an inch a month or 6-inches a year which means that if you are not seeing at least 4 to 5-inches a year as an African American man or woman you are NOT retaining this length. To keep your hair from breaking off try NOT to manipulate it so often. That means cutting down on styling and and increasing the hair maintenance. Make sure you moisturize your hair and seal in that moisture, but more importantly you must protect your ends. These are the oldest portions of your hair and they must be taken care of. Protective styles will increase hair retention along with proper haircare underneath.
Listed below are the best options to explore for protective styling.
– Two Strand Twist