Of all the hair concerns woman have, hair growth is usually one of them. Normally hair grows half an inch a month. Age, medications and overall health can affect this rate of hair growth. Below are five things you need to know about hair growth.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking a sufficient amount of water will support hair growth and moisturize your hair. Water helps to regulate the circulatory system, which then feeds the hair follicles. This causes hair growth. If your roots are deficient in moisture, your hair will eventually become brittle. This halts hair growth.
Use the right shampoo
A lot of shampoos on the market can be harsh due to their ingredients. This is definitely bad news for African American hair. Kinky,coily hair types need to be extra careful about which shampoo they use. Seek out shampoos that contain organic oils. The oils will combat dryness and leave your hair feeling healthy and soft. Jojoba oil and argan are organic oils which promote hair growth.
Pay attention to hair ends
Visit a hair professional to clean up hair ends every three to four months. This will rid hair of any split ends and encourage hair growth. When hair ends are in tip-top shape, hair will grow properly without damage. Only a 1/2 inch, at most, needs to be trimmed.
Air dry when possible
After shampooing your hair, the best way to dry it is by blotting it gently with an old tee shirt. Avoid using the blow dryer as the excess heat can weaken your hair. If you must use your blow dryer, use the coolest setting. A silk scarf can also be wrapped around the hair and left to dry overnight.
Take fish oil supplements
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are very beneficial to hair growth. These supplements are especially good at combating dryness and dullness. Hair will become more radiant, softer, and stronger. Fish oil can also help prevent dandruff.
In conclusion, hair growth will undoubtedly be boosted if these tips are followed consistently.
Essential oils have been used for centuries in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Essential oils are lightweight and penetrate easily into the hair and scalp. Many varieties have scalp stimulating properties that enhance the results of scalp massage. Below are five other benefits of essential oils.
This fragrant oil will not only keep bugs from swarming around your luscious fro. It will also reduce stress,anxiety,and dandruff.
Adds moisture to parched coils. Stimulates circulation.
Everyone has experiences with hair damage from time to time. It happens to the best of us. Here are four things you can do that will put you back on track fast !
GET A TRIM,OR FULL HAIR CUT.
This is what most people hate to do but holding on to damaged hair is not going to help you. Sure, you could grow it out and wait,but your hair will look bad! Damaged hair lacks shine,and body. Damaged hair is hard to hide. No matter what you try to do,it will still look a hot mess. Just cut it.
2.Deep condition weekly.
Purchase a really good,high quality hair conditioner.For about 3 weeks, deep condition your hair after every shampoo. Put a plastic cap on your head after you apply the conditioner,to encourage penetration to your hair’s inner layers. Let sit for 20 min.
3.Wear a protective style.
Give your hair a break,and wear a protective style for about a month or so.
You can’t do anything unique, because odds are, it’s been done before. You can apply that to anything! Yes,even the latest natural hair trends! The “do” you just discovered on YouTube,has been around since the days of Billie Holiday.
Flowers as hair accessories
One night before a performance, Billie burned her hair with a marcel curling iron. The show had to go on! So she threw a few gardenias over the charred pieces,and kept it moving. She then realized that the look was kind of cute. So she began to put a gardenia in her hair before every performance.
2. Short fro
Cicely Tyson, was not only an actress but a model as well. This led to her taking many risks with her hair earlier in her career. Many were shocked by her short natural fro in those days. On an episode of, Oprah’s Life Class,Cicely described it as freeing.
Pin curls have been trendy off and on since the 1920’s. On women of all races and lengths of hair. They were often set into the hair. Josephine baker achieved her pin curled look with runny egg whites. The look would be dry,and crispy to the touch. Later she created her own hair wax. Very ahead of her time!
4. Fulani tribal braids
Many of the younger women that I saw rockin fulani braids this summer,probably never heard of Patrice Rushen. She was the 70’s and 80’s r&b singer,who could sing and play the piano. Yes, way before Alicia Keys.
For some women,a trip to the hair salon is a luxury expense. Something they only do for special occasions. For others, it’s a very necessary expense.
As a hairstylist, I could pick any random woman off the street, and tell you which category she falls into. When someone’s hair is being professionally cared for on the regular IT SHOWS!
Even if said woman has it in a ponytail for a few days. The ends look fresh and clean. Hair is shinier and softer… These are just a few of the benefits…
You will spend less money on hair products. If your stylist sells products inside her salon,she may try to get you to buy a few maintenance products for in between touch ups. But you should not be spending major bucks on hair curlers,shampoo,or chemicals. If you are going to the salon every two weeks,it’s already supplied there for you.
You will have less damage. Often times when I see damage,it is on people who are advid “do-it-your-selfers”. They take risks to save money but often end up paying more to correct (or cover up) the damage they have done. Your stylist should be trimming,deep conditioning,etc. on a periodic basis during your visits.
Your hairstylist has better product knowledge. Hairstylist are taught in beauty school how to choose good products for the type of hair they will be servicing. It Isn’t just about the price. A 40$ bottle of shampoo will do nothing for someone whose hair is falling out in the sink. Your stylist will always know what to do and use when she sees your hair at your appointments. Which means your hair should ALWAYS look healthy!
Longer hair. If longer hair is your goal,good products,maintenance,and the regular, professional touch of a professional, will help!
Your hair will never be boring! Most hairstylist are creative by nature. Wanna try curls one week? Straight the next? Crochet after that? Your stylist should have you covered! You won’t have to worry about going back to your struggling ponytail after a hairstyle wears out. If you are on books regularly,that ponytail should be a thing of the past.
Before there was a Beyoncé Giselle Knowles. There was Lena Mary Calhoun Horne. Lena will go down as one of the most beautiful,african american women, of all time. Lena wore many elegant hairstyles on her naturally curly hair. Lena Horne was reportedly descended from a mixture of African-American, Native American, and European American descent. She was born June 30, 1917 and died May 9, 2010 of congestive heart failure. She was 92.
Here are five hairstyles Lena has worn,that would STILL SLAY today!
This would be beautiful on natural hair!
All you need is some bobby pin,gel,edge control and holding spray.
With proper care and a little maintenance, you can keep your color fade free longer. Seventy percent of women in the U.S. color their hair! There are a lot of ways to keep color fresh. Believeit or not, none of them requires a lot of money.
Shampoo less. Most naturals can get by with every two weeks. Maybe even less if they cowash,which does not strip the hair. Use cooler temperature water also. The color won’t bleed so bad. Deep condition more. The chemicals in dyes leave hair porous and have a drying effect, so to keep it looking soft and healthy,slather on a deep conditioner.
Use a shampoo and a conditioner with color-protecting ingredients tailored to your shade.
Wait at least 24 hours before shampooing as this allows the dye to settle into the hair.
Use less direct heat on your,like flat irons and curling irons. Do more sets.