Grow African American Hair And Keep It Long

If you’re like me, you probably believe that your hair can’t grow to this length, well guess what…It Can!

Want to learn maintain your afro textured, colored, relaxed hair? I’ll explain to you the tools that you’ll need and the information that will be very significant to you growing your hair and keeping it long! I am in no way promoting any products or techniques, just sound info that I think will be very useful to you! Does this Spark an idea?


1. In order for you to learn properly take care of your African American hair, you must first understand it. Hair is basically a byproduct of skin, which is mostly comprised of protein. This protein is what gives the hair it’s strength. There are several things that we do to our hair that can cause it to lose protein, therefore lose its strength also. Frequent use of heat and chemical processes such as coloring and relaxing are the main culprits contributing to weak or damaged hair. First off, lets just get one thing straight. Hair is dead. From the moment it erupts from your scalp it has no life. Think about. In order for anything to be considered vital (alive) on your body it would have to have a blood supply in order to receive oxygen. If there was a blood supply to the hair it would bleed when you cut it. The best way to preserve anything that is dead is to keep it MOISTURIZED, not greased but, MOISTURIZED. Another important fact is to keep a clean and healthy scalp, meaning washing at least once a week. Your hair needs moisture so let it thrive. African American hair is normally tightly coiled or curly by nature, causing it to be very dry by nature. Our scalp produces natural oil to moisturize our hair, but because our strands are so curly, this oil has a hard time getting down to the ends of the hair. Causing it to become dry and eventually break. The oil has to travel in some-what in upward direction in order to cover the entire shaft. Somewhere along that line it stops. That’s where we come in. It is very important that we moisturize our hair daily, using a water-based moisturizer concentrating on the most neglected part of the hair, the ends. Also our hair needs protein conditioning for strength and moisture conditioning for elasticity. Keep in mind that there is a balance between moisture and protein, you must learn your hair’s balance. You’re probably wondering what all this means. Protein, moisture and water-based, well let me break it down for you.

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2. Lets begin with the most important part of your hair care, your daily moisturizer. Lets talk about different types of moisture. There are two, water based and oil based, you will need BOTH. Water based moisturizers are those that are based with water. You can tell this by looking at the ingredients list. If the first product listed on the ingredients is water, it is water based. Water based moisturizers actually penetrate the hair shaft, going deep into the cuticle, moisturizing your hair from the inside out. Oil based moisturizers do not penetrate the hair shaft. Instead they merely coat the hair, making it shiny and creating less friction when combing. They either seal moisture in or seal it out. Oil based moisturizers are beneficial to your hair, but not alone. You must use them in conjunction with water-based moisturizers. Apply the water-based moisturizer to your hair first and then the oil based moisturizer to seal that moisture in and create shine. This should be done on a daily basis. Some examples of water based moisturizers are Organic Root Stimulator Carrot oil or Bio infusion Olive Oil Hydrating Hair Creme. For an oil based moisturizer you can just use a natural oil of your choice such as, olive oil, grape seed oil, castor oil, or my favorite, coconut oil. Unlike most oils, coconut oil actually penetrates that hair shaft. Now that you know the difference between water/oil moisturizers, you can choose one that works best for you.

3. Another important part of healthy hair care is deep conditioning. In order for your hair to maintain its optimal strength, you must understand the benefit of deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis. You will need to have two different types of conditioners to deep condition your hair with. One that has protein in it, and one that is a hydrating or moisturizing conditioner. You will need to deep condition your hair weekly or biweekly, depending upon the condition of your hair. I like to deep condition my hair twice a week. Once with a protein conditioner, and a once with a moisturizing conditioner. Some examples of protein conditioners are Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner, or Aphogee 2 minute Reconstructor. A good way to tell if a conditioner has protein in it, is to read the title. If it has either the words “reconstructor”, or “replenish” in the title, then it has protein in it. Moisturizing conditioners are very easy to find. They usually have the words “moisture” or “hydrate” in their title. Protein conditioners are important for maintaining the hairs strength, and help to decrease breakage. Moisture Conditioners adds moisture, detangles and softens the hair. You have to balance both of these in order to minimize breakage as much as possible. To deep condition your hair, you will need to apply the conditioner to your hair, making sure that each strand of your hair is covered, especially the ends. Place a plastic cap over your head, and sit under a hooded dryer for 20-30 minutes. If you don’t have a hooded dryer use a warm towel.

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4. Now that you know properly moisturize and condition your hair, lets talk shampoos. Shampooing your hair is very important. I know many of us have heard the myths about washing your hair too often. Well lets just dispel those myths. In order for your hair to thrive, you need to have a clean scalp. Washing your hair once a week should suffice. When shampooing, make sure your hair is completely detangled before you begin. The only thing worse than tangled hair is wet tangled hair. Use a wide tooth comb to free your hair of tangles and proceed to shampoo. You only need to apply a quarter sized amount of shampoo to the palm of your hand, dilute it with water and apply to your scalp. Massage your shampoo into your scalp. As the shampoo slides down your hair shaft it will pick up any debris or buildup. You do not have to apply alot of product. When choosing a shampoo, make sure you choose one that is for dry, damaged or color treated hair. These types are very moisturizing to the hair. Once you are done shampooing proceed to deep condition your hair, apply a leave in conditioner, let your hair dry and then moisturize focusing on the ends of the hair.

5. In summary, understand that with the above information you will be able to develop a legitimate regimen specifically tailored to your hairs’ needs. Stick with your regimen and be consistent. Don’t get discouraged if it takes time to find the right products or even see results, it takes time. Minimize the use of heat on your hair as much as possible. Avoid frequent use of blow dryers, flatiron or curling irons. Let your hair airdry whenever possible. Avoid combing or playing in your hair constantly. Try placing it in a bun or loose pony and letting it stay. Only combing when necessary. Relax hair every 8-10 weeks on newgrowth only. Treat your hair to a hot oil treatment at least once a month, and drink plenty of water to keep yourself and your hair hydrated. Good Luck.

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