Grow African American Hair Natural Hair Growth Tips

Protective styles like braids can promote natural hair growth.

Fairy-tale maiden Rapunzel may be known for her long hair, but no one ever discusses exactly how her tresses grew to such extraordinary lengths. Though her locks were long and flowing, they were also fictional. Fortunately, you don’t have to get yourself locked in a tower to grow your hair. Like any hair type, African-American hair has its own needs, but following some easy guidelines will help promote natural hair growth and prevent breakage. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Wash African-American hair once a week at most. Washing hair more often can dry it out and cause breakage. Use lukewarm water and a shampoo with natural, gentle ingredients.

2. Condition hair every time you wash. Use a conditioner with moisture-rich natural ingredients such as olive oil or avocado.

3. Moisturize African-American hair with a light oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. Thick products like petroleum jelly can clog pores. Moisturize after washing or whenever hair feels dry.

4. Wear hair in protective styles such as braids, buns, ponytails, wigs or weaves. Protective styles prevent hair breakage due to over-manipulation from daily styling and keep ends of hair from rubbing against clothes.

5. Apply heat sparingly when styling. Use the lowest setting on curling and flat irons.

6. Detangle African-American hair regularly to avoid knots, which can lead to breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb on dry hair.

7. Trim ends of hair every six to eight weeks to remove split ends and knots.

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8. Wrap hair in a satin scarf to protect it while you sleep. Rubbing against a pillow can cause split ends.

9. Avoid harmful chemicals. Relaxers, color rinses and other commercial hair products can contain ingredients that damage the scalp and hair shaft. Select products with natural ingredients.