Tips for black relaxed & natural hair care
Black hair can't grow! I hear that statement regularly and it is absolutely false. People assume that I am must be "mixed" because I have long hair natural hair. Well, women of ALL ethnic backgrounds have the potential to grow long healthy hair. I have taken the natural hair care tips that I learned over the years and grouped them into
categories I call the 3M's of Hair Care. Whether relaxed or natural, these tips will help you grow long hair.
Often I read tips for black and natural hair care that are very complicated. The 3 M's will help you have healthy long hair while keeping it simple.
All hair grows!!!! I repeat ALL hair grows. Every individual's growth rate varies but unless you have a medical condition that prevents growth, you hair is growing. While there are some slight variations in growth rate based on ethnic background, this difference is minor and is not a major part of the puzzle on how to grow long hair. The reason many black women do not have long healthy hair is due to BREAKAGE.
The average hair growth rate is about .5 inch a month (some people of course have a faster rate and others slower). If your hair is breaking almost as much each month than it will appear that your hair is not growing. Curl pattern and strand thickness often makes black hair more prone to breakage. Minimizing breakage requires GENTLE daily natural hair care. If you hair is breaking you may need to make changes in the methods you use for: shampooing, conditioning, moisturizing, combing & brushing, drying and styling.
As mentioned above everyone has a rate at which their hair grows. Your growth rate is mostly a product of your genetics. However there are things that you can do to improve your natural hair growth.
Healthy hair comes from the inside out. Diet and exercise are key to growing healthy hair. There are also vitamins and supplements that can help improve your natural hair growth. If you are dealing with hair loss or extremely slow growth please consult your physician as this may indicate a medical condition.
Proper scalp care is the other key to getting maximum hair growth. A clean and healthy scalp will help you get the best natural hair growth rate. A scalp condition can slow your hair growth.
You may know someone who is able to handle their hair harshly- coloring, cutting frequently, rough styling etc... and their hair just seems to flourish no matter what. However this is not the case for many women, and definitely not for most black women in particular. While our hair may look strong it is truly quite fragile.
Relaxed and natural
hair care requires ongoing maintenance. Once you begin to get your
hair healthy and reach the length of your goals you will have to do
things to maintain your progress. It has to become an ongoing cycle and this is how
your hair will thrive. Hair maintenance includes creating and revising a hair regimen, hair trimming, natural hair styling, and night time routine/care.