How to Grow Long Natural Hair
Every natural wants to grow long and healthy hair. Nobody is ever satisfied that their hair is long enough so they do not need to grow it out anymore. While genetics plays a key role in how fast and how thick natural hair grows, there are other factors that influence the growth rate and health of hair. Some of the practices that can help in healthy and rapid hair growth include:
Cleaning your hair cleans out your cuticles so they are not always clogged. Unclogged cuticles are able to let the hair follicle growth. Every plant has to have a proper soil environment to encourage growth. A hair cuticle is to the follicle what the soil is to a plant.
Using sulfate-free shampoo to wash your hair preserves the essential oils, including sebum which is necessary for lubricating your hair, sealing moisture and reducing friction between the strands. You can use a sulfate-free shampoo once a month and co-wash every other week. The latter involves washing your hair with conditioner. It helps get rid of some of the dirt while retaining these essential oils.
Moisturizing and Sealing Moisture
You need to spritz your hair with water mixed in with a leave-in conditioner or carrier oil such as olive oil. While water moisturizes, the carrier oil seals in the moisture. Hair growth is pegged on having constantly moisturized hair and moisture retention. Hair that is constantly dry is also brittle therefore it breaks easily. Moisturizing and sealing in the moisture with oil is important as it also helps with length retention. You do not want to grow out your hair only for it to break.
Protective Low-Manipulation Styling
Protective styling that requires low manipulation helps your hair grow. When the hair is not constantly being manipulated, it is able to grow and retain length since breakage is minimal. Giving your hair a break also affords it the chance to rest as opposed to always having your hands in your hair. These styles include flat twists, twists, cornrows or even loosely-done braids.
Your hair is partly a reflection of what goes on in your body. If you eat a lot of junk food and fatty foods and do not exercise, it will show in your hair strands. The hair also needs nutrients to grow and the scalp must be healthy as well. One of the ways to promote healthy hair growth is to exercise regularly. Keeping your body fit also helps to keep your hair healthy.
Consider your diet and adjust it to boost hair growth. Reduce fatty foods and increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. Eat foods that are rich in iron and folic acid. In addition to this, you can add some supplements such as biotin into your diet. This is one of the main building blocks for hair and nails. Improving your diet by changing your eating habits will help you become healthier and boost hair growth as well.