The most common question I get about my natural hair is,““How did you grow your hair so fast?!”. Honestly, I don’t think there is any secret formula for fast healthy hair growth. I don’t use hair growth pills (I’m hairy enough already lol) and I certainly don’t subscribe to any of those over the top “grow hair fast” schemes like the inversion method. This method is just one of the many natural hair trends I believe we need to ditch ASAP! In my opinion, the rate at which hair grows is dependent on hair care and genetics (whether we like it or not). So while I don’t have any crazy secrets to divulge for fast healthy hair growth, I can share with you how I care for my hair and I hope some of these tips work for you!
I started transitioning to natural hair back in July 2014. At the time, my intention was not to go back natural but rather just give my hair a little break between relaxers. That “little break” led me to where I am now. Personally, I always hated the process of relaxing my hair and getting my hair done professionally. I could never figure out the right way to rest my head on the sink when getting my hair washed (such a pain!). In September 2015, I big chopped and I haven’t looked back since!
Like my style, my hair care routine is pretty simple. Read more about how I save money on my natural hair care here! There are five key habits that I repeat consistently when it comes to my hair and I honestly do believe that to some extent, they have helped me to grow “long”, healthy hair. Perhaps they’ll work for you too!
1. K I S S – Keep It Simple Sweetie
Like I mentioned earlier, I follow a pretty simple hair care routine. I have two standard “holy grail” products which I use regularly. These are an oil (a mix of coconut and castor oil) and a leave in conditioner (I vary between Aunt Jackie’s “Fix my Hair” and Cantu Leave in Conditioner). I also deep condition my hair occasionally or as I deem necessary to address any excess shedding or breakage. My wash routine includes any shampoo and conditioner which I have on hand, sulphate options included. I still have yet to find the perfect shampoo and conditioner for my hair. I cleanse my hair anywhere between 4-8 weeks regularly. “Hair experts” generally recommend washing your hair every two weeks at most but I can’t be bothered honestly.
Finally, I protective style (twists), especially at night and I try to sleep with a satin or silk scarf/bonnet every night. Usually, my scarf is somewhere on the floor when I wake up but it’s the effort that counts right? All in all, that is my hair care routine in a nutshell. Simple but effective.
2. Protective Styling
Protective styling is great because it results in low manipulation of your hair, allowing it to grow. I like to twist my hair up and wear it in that style for a couple of days to a week giving my hair a break from constant styling. I would actually love it if I could wear my hair like that for more than I week but unfortunately my frizzy hair won’t allow it (all my frizzy hair ladies, I feel your pain 🙂 ). Braids, wigs and weaves are also good protective style alternatives as long as you give your natural hair a chance to breathe and flourish, from time to time.
3. Moisture is your Bestie
If you remember only one thing from this post, remember this!
Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!
Natural hair tends to get dry pretty quickly especially in humidity or cold weather. Dry hair leads to breakage. Thus it is super important to ensure that your hair is kept moisturised at all times. Leave in conditioners serve this exact purpose, so I would recommend finding one that works for you, if you haven’t already. Of course, water works just as well, if you don’t mind the shrinkage.
4. Limit Heat As Much As Possible
Excess heat can cause serious damage to hair usually leading to breakage. I know there are many persons who love the versatility natural hair provides and enjoy having the flexibility to rock their hair either curly or straight. If healthy hair growth is your aim, it might be useful to limit heat as much as possible. At the least, ensure you use an effective heat protector to minimize heat damage.
5. Don’t Stress About It
Did you know stress can negatively affect hair growth and even cause your hair to fall out? Apparently, it can. There are lots of things that can cause some serious stress in our lives and hair should not be one of them. Matter of fact, we should be aiming to minimise stress in all areas of our lives. It’s amazing what a healthy mind can do to boost a healthy body. A healthy diet is also important for hair growth.
To be honest, I don’t obsess over the length of my hair. The way shrinkage is set up, you could have waist length hair and still it only reaches to your shoulders in its natural state. We’ve all seen the Instagram hair comparison posts, I’m sure! My biggest concern when it comes to my hair is that it is full and healthy! In my opinion, health trumps length any day!
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