For optimal black hair growth and health, you should develop a week by week regimen of what you will need to do to your hair in order to keep it clean, healthy and growing.
To create a basic hair care regimen, you need to determine the following things:
1.**Figure out what times of day you need to moisturize and what products work best for your hair. You should have at least one moisturizer for adding moisture AND another moisturizer that specifically says it contains protein or that it is “Anti Breakage”. Alternate between these two moisturizers as needed. I will tell you in another post how to tell if your hair needs more moisture or more protein.
2.**Oils and Sealants
To keep moisture in your hair after using your moisturizer, you will need to apply an oil to “seal in” the moisture so your hair wont get dried out. Good oils to use are olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil, sweet almond oil, carrot oil, tea tree oil, castor oil, etc. I’ll have a detailed post just on essential oils later.
3.**Determine when and how you will style your hair and find products necessary to protect your hair from that styling. For example, if you style with a lot of heat, you will need to use a Heat Protectant on your hair each time you style to prevent damage.
Find a good leave in conditioner that makes your hair feel and look better. It may take a while of trying different products to find the one you like best. Infusium 23 is an example of a good leave-in conditioner.
5.**Determine how you will protect your hair while you are sleeping. Either wrap it up with a satin head wrap or use a satin or satin-like pillowcase. This prevents excess friction on your hair as you move around in bed, which will cause less hairs to be accidentally broken off. Wrapping your hair up in something also keeps the products you put on it from messing up your pillows and sheets!
6.**I have not yet discussed protective styles yet, but basically they are styles like buns, wraps, wigs, weaves, etc. that you can use to keep your hair protected from excess sun, dry air and friction from clothing. Putting a good moisturizer on the hair and using a protective style during the day is a great way to keep your hair moisturized all day. The less your hair is out and messed with, the better!
1.**Determine how often per week (or bi-weekly) you will wash your hair and what products you will use. Remember to use a moisturizing shampoo.If your hair is very damaged and feels mushy, you should use a protein conditioner that says on the label that it contains protein or keratin. If your hair feels hard, stringy, dry and broken, use a moisturizing conditioner.
2.**Find a good deep conditioner. I would suggest using a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. Even more if your hair is very damaged. Just like conditioners and moisturizers, there are deep conditioners especially made for hair that needs more protein or hair that needs more moisture. I will discuss deep conditioners and how to use them in an upcoming post. I personally use the Motions Deep Penetrating Treatment. Your hair may like a different product. Try a few different ones to see what works best.
3.**Vitamins, Diet, Exercise, Growth Aids
A good diet and exercise contributes a lot to having healthy hair. The body focuses first on internal processes, then on things like hair and nails last. So that means, if you aren’t taking care of your insides as well, your body will give nutrients and vitamins to your insides first and your hair and nails may get neglected if you the body doesn’t have enough nutrients to use for them. Using a good multivitamin supplement is a great idea to make sure your hair and scalp get their share of internal attention as well as the attention you pay to it from the outside. There are also supplements like Biotin, which can make hair and nails stronger.
4.You can also consider using growth aids to speed hair growth if that is your goal. Popular hair growth aids are Megatek by a company called Equiss and M-T-G by a company called Shapeley’s. Do your research on products like these first and see what results others are having and how they need to be used. I am currently using Megatek and have also used MTG, so if you would like more specific information on these products, please comment or send me an email.
1.**Determine how often you will relax your hair. It’s a good idea to stretch as long as you can between relaxers to reduce the chance of you re-relaxing hair that has already been relaxed before. I will talk more about stretching later, but it gives the hair time to grow, so that it will be easier
to apply the touch up relaxer to the new growth only.
2.**When you use a lot of products in your hair every month, as most black women do, it is then necessary to use a Clarifying Shampoo once a month to remove buildup that regular shampoos do not remove. I use Suave Clarifying Shampoo once a month. If you continue to pile products onto hair that already has a lot of product buildup, products will start to not have as good of an effect on the hair as it did the first few times you used it. Clarifying gets rid of the buildup so products will once again be able to provide you with their full benefits.
If you do these things, you will have a pretty good basic regimen. It will take some time on your own to find the right products that work for you and are available in your area, and you can try to add things that you discover work for your hair that I may not have mentioned here. The important thing is that you learn what your hair needs on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis and keep up with doing it.
How to grow black hair! This has been a topic discussed by many experts and in this article I want to disuses the simple ways you can grow an African mane long and strong! Black hair is just like any other hair; the only thing it has against it is that it is dryer than other types of hairs. This means special attention needs to be given to it if you wish to see fast growth.
There are a few facts you need to know about growing healthily African hair fast.
- Black hair grows at a rate of one half to one inch a month -this is an average only and the number can be improved upon.
- African tresses are dry tresses and as such you need to take certain steps to keep it moisturized if you want your tresses to grow.
- African hair like other hair is dead, so there is not much you can do with the dead parts, but there is lots you can do to grow a healthy African mane at the root level
Here are 7 tips that will show you how to grow black hair long and strong:
1. If you want to grow African hair long and strong, you need to keep the scalp moisturized, the best thing to use is an oil called Mira oil for the simple fact that it sets your sebum (natural oils) to an optimal level that helps grow African hair
2. Avoid relaxers and perms on your mane -these not only damage your mane, they will also poison the scalp thereby preventing your mane from growing fast. Keep your tresses natural when trying to grow it fast.
3. Avoid straighten your hair as it will dry the scalp and hair out even further, making your tresses even more susceptible to breakages and damage
4. Wear loose hairstyles as they do not pull and tug at your hair and weaken your tresses at the root level. Braids are good for growing black hair because they allow your tresses a chance to breathe and be at ease which helps African hair grow.
5. Keep your hair conditioned, again use a good herbal oil like Mira oil, a deep oil treatment will stimulate the hair follicles and allow your mane to grow at a faster rate. Use Mira oil for fast black hair growth, the oil will prevent breakages as well as promote hair growth. A deep conditioner will not only repair your mane, it will also seal in moisture.
6. To grow black hair long, shampoo your hair at least once every four days and use natural shampoo that do not strip away sebum from your scalp and hair. You need to keep your scalp and tresses clean to allow healthy African hair growth.
7. Get a scalp massage with a good herbal oil, the massage together with oil will stimulate blood flow to the scalp and allow healthy growth
If you follow these simple steps you will grow long black hair and you will never have to worry about your hair breaking or falling out again.
How to grow black hair fast is the big question on every Afro Caribbean’s minds especially with so much hair extensions and wigs around these days, no wonder most people just go for the easy option and wear wigs. Well! I am going list 7 tips yo can use to grow black hair fast starting today.
1. The first step to grow black hair fast is to get a trim on a regular basis. You want to get a trim every six to eight weeks to get rid of Fragilitis crinium other wise known as split ends that normally stagnant the hair from flourishing.
2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.This is very important, you need to grow healthy long hair. Taking in more water the better the condition of your hair. Staying hydrated will make your hair grow shiny and replenish.
3. Eat healthy food, avoid junk such as greasy, sugary and fatty food. Grilled or stir fried options are much better.Also having multi vitamins and lots of fruits and vegetable will increase the hair growth rapidly.
4. Apply oil and moisture to your hair and scalp, regularly massaging the scalp. Massage your scalp at least 5 to seven minutes per day using a excellent pomade like Mizani range. This will encourage the follicles to produce new hair and lengthen the existing ones. Mizani butter blend is also excellent on black hair if you have a relaxer.
5. Style your hair loose most of the time, tight hairstyles will stress the hair and cause traction alopecia, try not to pull and tug too much that will damage the hair and slow down the growing process. Loose plaits and cornrows is OK but remove them and replace instead of keeping it for long periods.
6. Shampoo the hair weekly with moisture base products and have deep conditioning treatment every two to four weeks. Avoid using hot irons and hair straighteners on a regular basis, as too much heat will dehydrate the hair and make it very brittle and even cause breakage. If you have a chemically treated hair, then wrap it smooth and cover with a silk scarf for maximum control.
7. Using Mizani butter blend range is one of the best way to grow black hair fast. This is all moisture base which promotes hair growth and helps hair stay healthy and strong. It has all the necessary oils and moisture need to allow afro hair to grow longer and faster.
Your perfect natural hair color is actually many colors or shades of colors.
What happens when your hair begins to whiten, silver, yellow and/or go gray?
You do not even notice…not at first. Then someone giggles or ‘nicely’ points out that ‘you are getting old’ or you glance into the mirror when the light is just right.
Yikes! You try to ignore your crowning glory fading away or you rush to the store and buy hair dye or go to a hair salon.
1. Commercial hair dyes are hazardous to your health.
They all say so right on the label.
2. Your scalp absorbs all of those chemicals:
a. You get toxic!
b. You get nerve interruption and start shaking and get misdiagnosed.
3. Your dyed hair looks terrible.
All of the hair is one color.
4. The color of your dyed hair is not the color of the model’s hair, in the picture, on the hair dye box.
5. Your dyed hair looks dyed!
An acquaintance, an 84-year-old black woman, who looks 55 years old unless you look at her hair, was bitterly complaining to me about her hair.
1. Her hair was thick and looked healthy.
2. One third of her hair was a really ugly gray in big patches.
3. There was a white streak about an inch and a half wide, right on top of her head. It started at her forehead and ran to the back of her head, like the white stripe on a skunk.
Years before she had dyed her hair, even going to a beautician several times. Finally she had given up. She wore hats and scarves to hide her hair.
I suggested she pour a cup of coffee, allow it to cool, and then pour it on her hair. Get the hair really wet with the coffee and then comb the hair. Do not rinse the hair just let it dry.
She did so. When her hair was dry the white streak was a light silver color, the ugly harsh gray was muted, slightly darker and no longer ugly.
Her hair was no longer flat black; it was shiny and seemed to have more colors in it.
She stopped using hair conditioners because the oils in the coffee acted as a hair conditioner, with better results than the commercial hair conditioner she had been using.
She used the coffee on her hair daily until the colors were perfect, about 9 days. Now she does the coffee trick once a week. This takes care of the new root growth and maintains the great hair colors.
The colors do not rub off on your pillowcase!
She is ecstatic but I was not surprised.
For many years I have suggested coffee for black or dark hair for men and women, it always works!
It works for the hair on your head, your eyebrows, (guys), your beard, under arms, chest hair and for pubic hair.
Moisturizing hair is as important as deep conditioning to any black person who wishes to have long hair. As washing and deep conditioning the hair every day is quite impractical, a hair moisturizer is required to avoid dryness until the next wash.
Relaxed and natural black hair tends to be quite porous so loses moisture quickly. The key to long beautiful locks is to keep replacing the moisture lost. The easiest way to do this between washes is to use a good moisturizer.
First things first, let’s deal with a common misconception about oil. Oil is not a moisturizer! Oil lubricates the hair and ‘seals in’ any moisture you already have in the hair. If your hair is dry and brittle and you apply oil to it then you are doing your hair more harm than good. The oil will coat the hair and prevent any further moisture from entering the hair which will lead to breakage.
The best moisturizers should always be water based i.e. the first ingredient should be water; water is in fact the best moisturizer! Good moisturizers should also contain humectants. These are ingredients which attract water from the atmosphere, glycerine being the most popular of these. Honey is also an excellent humectant but more commonly used in conditioners and not moisturizers.
Always avoid moisturizers that contain mineral oil or any other petroleum based product in the first few ingredients. Mineral oil does nothing but coat the hair leaving it shiny but dry.
You may find that the best conditioners are the ones that are marketed to ‘wet type’ styles (jheri curl or wave nouveau) as they contain mainly water and glycerine. S curl is particularly good.
How to use hair moisturizers is just as important as getting the right product. If you plan to blow dry or roller set your hair, after towel drying apply a dime sized amount of a water and glycerine based moisturizer before you apply the same amount of heat protectant and comb through hair to evenly distribute. After the blow dry or roller set your hair will be left soft and silky to the touch and will remain like this throughout the day. If you plan to flat iron it then only apply leave in conditioner and a silicone based heat protectant to the hair.
Moisturizers should then be applied daily or as needed. Only a dime sized amount is required for shoulder length hair. A touch more for longer hair. Always comb the moisturiser through the length of the hair with a wide tooth comb to make sure that every strand gets its share. You can apply a bit more to the ends if desired. There is no benefit in loading your hair with moisturizer as hair is only about 10-14% water and all you are trying to do is regain the moisture balance in your hair. You are more likely to ruin your style by leaving relaxed hair looking greasy or reverting natural hair altogether by applying too much moisturizer! When you use a moisturizer well, it should keep your hair from drying out without weighing the hair down or being sticky.
Oil free moisturizers are also good option. They contain silicones that help ‘seal’ the moisture into the hair but their first ingredient must also be water and hair should be washed every 3rd day to prevent build-up. Some good examples of natural oil that can be used to seal in moisture after a wash are coconut oil, avocado butter, mango butter or Shea butter. Remember that these are oils and will just lock in whatever moisture you already have in your hair. It is advisable to dampen the hair slightly before applying any hair oil to it.
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