Welcome to part two of the super fast hair growth series. Let’s jump right in.
Hydration vs. Moisture
The only thing that can hydrate your hair and scalp and in fact, your whole body is WATER. I repeat, the only thing that can hydrate your hair, scalp and body is WATER. It’s literally in the word. Simply rinse or spritz your hair with water to hydrate it.
Moisturizing, on the other hand, refers to locking that hydration into the hair shaft and delaying immediate vaporization of the water from the hair shaft. This can be done through the L.O.C, L.C.O, L.C or L.O method. If you find that your scalp produces enough sebum and reaches the tips of your hair, the aforementioned moisturizing methods are not needed. However, if you experience any kind of dryness especially on your ends it is worth it to try one of the methods mentioned above and tweak them to your liking. (Click here for a video on the L.O.C method)
Low Tension Protective Styles
Wearing your hair in slicked down styles and too tight ponytails as well as tiny and too tight protective styles like micro braids and cornrows etc. will take a great toll on your hair in the long run. Try to wear low tension variations of your favorite hairstyles that do not tug and pull on your hair strands. Excessive tension on your hair strands can and will lead to balding and bald spots. If you get migraines or can’t move your forehead from wearing a hairstyle it is definitely too tight. Remember they are called protective hairstyles to protect your hair.
Keep your hands out of your hair and decide on one low manipulation hairstyle for the week or until your next wash day. Doing this will help you retain length and combat breakage through excessive styling and manipulation.
Controlled Heat Styling
Constantly straightening your hair will lead to excessive breakage and thinning. In order to combat that minimize your heat styling and exert controlled heat on your hair. Examples would be blowing out your hair on cool, using heat tools infrequently and under 230 Celsius, using heat for deep conditioners to penetrate the hair shaft etc. You don’t have to completely ban heat from your regimen but be mindful of the way and how much you use it.
Hair Masks and Deep Conditioner’s
Deep conditioners will save your hair in case of extreme dryness (sorry but they cannot help with split ends and single strand knots). When you combat dryness you automatically combat breakage due to the improved elasticity of your hair strands, and when you combat breakage you retain length, which leads to longer hair. So, as you can see deep conditioners and hair masks are essential for curly hair. Depending on the dryness of your hair you can leave deep conditioners in for up to 30 min. If you do not need extreme repair a simple rinse out conditioner will do although they tend to sit on your hair.
Protein treatments are not everyone’s cup of tea but they have some amazing benefits. If you struggle with the thickness of your hair protein treatment’s can solve this problem by filling in cuticle gaps on the hair shaft with special hydrolyzed proteins like keratin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed baobab protein etc. Follow up a protein treatment with a deep conditioner since they can be pretty drying, making your hair feel stiff.
Moisturizing Throughout The Week
Re-spritzing and moisturizing your hair when it feels dry helps to maintain a healthy moisture balance. Try to never let your hair dry out completely.
Dusting and Trimming
Holding on to split ends will further damage your hair. Usually, split ends don’t stay put they travel up the hair shaft further damaging the hair strand. The only way to get rid of split ends is by cutting them off. The longer you wait with cutting them off the more hair you’ll have to cut in the end. So, it’s wise to dust your hair regularly to prevent split ends altogether or trimming them off in the beginning stages to prevent them from traveling up the hair shaft.
Being Patient And Gentle
When working with your hair always be patient and gentle with it. Like discussed above curly hair is more fragile and prone to breakage. Making it even more important to be gentle. Do not tear and pull at your hair or try to force your comb through. Curly haired girls should try to stay away from fine tooth combs to detangle their hair instead use a wide tooth wooden comb and your hands to detangle your hair.
Nutrition plays a major role in hair growth try to introduce more leafy greens into your diet. Green smoothies are also really beneficial not only for your hair but for skin and your body as a whole. Drink plenty of water and try to exercise at least once a week.
Get checked by your doctor if you’re lacking any essential vitamins or minerals like iron, vitamin b6 and/or vitamin b12, which are linked to hair loss. Visit your dermatologist and get your scalp checked too, to ensure that you’re starting with a clean slate.
Like with everything we want to achieve in life consistency is key. If you practice the above-mentioned hair care tips for a week straight but completely neglect your hair another 12 months you will not see the desired results. Being consistent with your healthy hair regimen will guarantee super fast hair growth.
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