Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NATURAL HAIR GROWTH: Natty Tips on Growing Healthy Hair



Hola Chicas/Chicos..I pray all is well with everyone!!

I thought I would drop in and give the scoop on the question I receive quite often, which is 'How do you get your hair to grow so quickly?' Well, I can tell ya one thing..I don't take vitamins, I don't apply any miracle serum and my own products do not contain magical ingredients that would cause my hair to grow any quicker than what it is naturally intended to grow given that I give it a healthy environment to grow in.
So without further ado, Let's recap Natural Hair and HEALTHY GROWTH.. Now, keep in mind,  hair grows at a rate of about 1/4-1/2 INCH per month. The rate of our hair growth is determined by a few things, a few are: genetics, diet, and how we treat our hair overall. If we give our hair a nice platform/environment to grow, it will grow.  Here's some tips that ensure healthy hair growth, which is the main importance..HEALTHY

MY HEALTHY HAIR TIPS: 

(1)KEEP THE SCALP CLEAN . Applying large amounts of oils and butters only clog the pores on our scalp. Our scalp produces natural oils and many times it has an over production or does not produce as much due to a few things. (a) Years of being clogged using clog poring ingredients (silicones, mineral oil, petroleum, oils, butters). (b) lack of water intake..It's very important that we drink plenty of water (c) Improper diet. Certain foods can have allergic reactions in our bodies and many times,we do not know it unless we keep a journal of foods that cause us to have reactions on our scalp, you will normally see scalp issues such as dermatitis, psoriasis, etc (dairy is known to be a major culprit, but not the only culprit)...Ok, so back on track, be sure to keep the scalp clean and healthy. Making sure to thoroughly cleanse at least once per month using a clarifying cleanser and herbal, tea or acv rinses and co-washing..So again, keep the scalp clean, it's a living breathing organ and is easily clogged which causes it to malfunction

(2) PROPER DIET AND WATER INTAKE IS IMPORTANT: Again. Proper diet, Exercise and good water intake. Exercise is an excellent way to get blood circulation flowing which encourages healthy hair growth.

(3) MOISTURE. Be sure to keep the hair moisturized properly. A wonderful way that has ensured that my tresses stay moisturized is..First, apply water or a water based product to the hair...Then, apply a butter or oil to lock/seal in the moisture.

(4) TRIMMING/DUSTING: Trim hair when needed. Because our ends can make or break our hair, it is of the utmost importance to keep them hydrated and trimmed when needed.

(5) HIH (HAND IN HAIR SYNDROME).  Try at all possible to keep hands out of hair. I know we love love love our natural and want to rub on it, or our significant other loves to rub on it, but this can cause friction which leads to breakage. If it helps, keep hair in protective styles such as twists or braids/plaits, buns (not too often) so it's less tempting to caress our tresses.

(6) PRODUCTS JUNKY-ISM. Try, if possible, to remain faithful to a few products..When we indulge in many products, we have a harder time to know what may or may not create an issue with our hair. Giving a product time to work is one of the best ways to know if a product is truly working for your hair. What I have found for myself and other naturals who have achieved healthy hair and awesome growth is that we are faithful to the products we use and usually don't succumb to product junkyism..as tempting as it is. (some awesome women who have achieved wonderful healthy hair and use very minimal products besides me (wink) are Naptural85, Chime with Hair Crush, Pam with Koils by Nature)

(7) NIGHT PROTECTION. Protect your hair at night with a satin scarf, bonnet or satin pillowcase, whichever works best for you

(8) Document your journey..Pictures are an awesome way to see your growth. Because we see ourselves daily, it's hard to see our growth. On those days, weeks, months that I wasn't sure my hair was growing, I would look back on pics and see the growth. Those of us who have FB pages, we love for you to post your pics to our page..then revisit those pages a month or two later and look at those pics again.
(9) USE HEAT SPARINGLY OR NOT AT ALL. The use of heat can create a host of issues on the hair. So if at all possible, use as sparingly as possible and should you choose to use heat, be sure to use on clean hair and apply a heat protectant each time. 


(10) Patience..No matter how many products promise this, that or the third, hair grows at the rate that it is naturally designed to grow..Have patience, love it, nourish it and take care of it and it will grow..but more importantly it will grow healthy!!
  


If you love it..It will Grow..Healthy!! 


..Have a Happy Natty Day!!!

**Where to find: Tee that I'm rocking is available at Tangles And Beyond 
Earrings available at www.nappylife.com

41 comments:

  1. Beautiful Tips. Your hair is fabulous. Thanks for the post. I will keep this in mind always, I am five months post. TG

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  2. Excellent tips! You have really nice hair. Thanks for your contribution! I will bookmark it and I will come it back.

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  3. Very excellent post. Very good snaps. This healthy hair comes from importance of healthy diet. Thanks for sharing. !!!

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    1. Thank you so much and I totally agree with you on diet!!

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  4. Great documented progress!

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  5. I love these tips. I'm still transitioning and learning so much.
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  6. Wonderful healthy hair tips, and beautiful progress!

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  7. Love the tips and your hair is beautiful! thanks Pam

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  8. Love the shirt! And it is so true about hands in the hair! I have gotten better, but I love the feel of my hair after a twist out!

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    1. Thank you so much, A.Eye!!! That hand in hair can be a hard habit to break..I'm currently in HIH annonymous, lol

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  9. Your hair is GORGEOUS. I remember looking at you blog way back when. I haven't visited in a while. You have some amazing growth and VERY healthy looking hair.

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  10. Great post! I can definitely relate to hand-in-hair syndrome. I wear a satin bonnet or scarf when I'm at home because I have a bad habit of twirling my twists.

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  11. Thank you so much, PomadeShop!!! What a great idea about the satin bonnet or scarf to help with HIH..gotta try that one..Thanks again

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  12. Hi so no oiling of the scalp or vitamins like biotin? Thanks

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  13. Great post! Thanks for the tips!

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  14. Your hair looks so pretty and fun! Thanks for the great hair care tips! Remembering to drink enough water is something I have trouble with!

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  15. Thank you very much for the wealth of information. I really appreciate it.
    I am also guilty of not drinking enough water. To be honest, I am tired of bottled waters and faucet water is not even an option. Any tips on getting better drinking water would be appreciated.

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