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Over the last decade, natural hair has become a trend. More and more women are ditching the

relaxer and choosing to grow their hair naturally. Women of color are fully embracing their

glorious, thick, kinky, coily hair type, and you have decided to jump on this train because why

not? You want natural healthier looking hair. However, you quickly realized getting Rapunzel-like

strands is not an easy feat, and there are a lot of factors that contribute to hair growth or lack

thereof. Well, you are not alone!

The truth is many African American women and men try hard to grow strong, healthy hair with

little to no success. One of the most common hurdles people come across when trying to grow

natural hair is breakage. Not to mention the process can take forever. Don't get discouraged,

there is a solution. Here are a few things you can do, and some products you can use to help

you grow healthier, thicker hair.

Before we dive into what you can do to grow healthy natural hair, it is worth mentioning that

everyone's hair texture is different. While it looks like some women can quickly grow beautiful,

long healthy hair overnight, that is not the reality for most of us. Key factors that can influence

your natural hair growth journey are your DNA, your unique hair texture, type, and properties, as

well as the effect your environment has on your tresses. However, tweaking and adjusting your

hair regimen, achieving the hair of your dreams is not so far-fetched. Start applying these 5

easy tips today to achieve your hair goals.

1. Properly Moisturize Your Natural hair

As mentioned above, there are several different types of black hair. While each hair type has its

own unique needs and maintenance, most African American hair tends to be dry. The drier your

hair, the more breakage you will experience. Therefore, keeping your hair moisturized is a must.

Keep in mind not every hydration method is going to work for you.

When washing your hair, the shampoo cleans all the product build-ups out. But in that process,

it also strips away the natural oils that keep your hair hydrated. So what you can do after

shampooing is to make sure you add moisture back to your hair and scalp to prevent damage

and breakage.

Always condition your hair after using shampoo. Also, it is a good practice to do deep

conditioning treatments regularly. How often you should do a deep conditioning treatment

depends on your hair type. Once or twice a month is a typical recommendation. In addition,

consider adding shea butter products to your routine. Other great options to help lock in the

moisture in your hair include products like argan oil or castor oil. They also work well for the

appearance and the overall feel of your hair. Remember, find the ones that work for you.

2. Scalp-Care For Healthy Hair

Hair fall, oily scalp, itchy scalp, hair loss... If you are associating these problems with the lack of

hair care, then think again. A proper scalp care routine can help you stimulate healthy hair

growth. After all, scalp care is the new skincare.

When looking for healthy hair growth, start at the source: the scalp. Your hair comes directly

from your scalp. Therefore, if it’s damaged, clogged, or inflamed, your hair can stop growing.

Once you understand the impact of scalp care on your overall hair health, it will be a

game-changer for you.

Your scalp is just like your skin. It is subject to the same issues as your facial skin. Dryness,

stress, lack of firmness, needs hydration and nourishment, etc. Many of the things you can do to

keep your skin healthy can apply to your scalp. Just like your skin, exfoliate, nurture and

moisturize your scalp regularly. Also, weightless serum can help nourish and improve your scalp

health, leading to healthier, thicker hair.

3. Nutrition & Hair

Hair Care starts from the inside out. Your diet affects your hair growth, which means if you are

healthy overall, you will grow healthy hair. On the other hand, stress, exhaustion, medical

conditions, and poor diet can lead to unhealthy-looking hair. Although there is no quick fix or

magic pill to grow your hair overnight, here is what you can do to optimize the health of your


● Eat a well-balanced diet that’s high in protein, vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like zinc

and iron, and omega-3 fatty acids to make sure that your hair follicles have all the

nutritional elements it requires.

● Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, at least eight glasses of water per day.

● Get a full night sleep between 7-9 hour according to experts.

● Exercise and manage stress

4. Protective Hairstyles

Protective hairstyles are styles where your ends are tucked away or at least less exposed. They

help prolong moisture, and we all know how moisture is essential for healthy hair growth. This is

especially beneficial for your ends because they tend to dry out faster. Also, when done

correctly, protective styles keep your hair from breaking so much. When the ends are tucked

away they can't move around as much and cause frictions and tangles. They stay put as your

hair grows. Wearing protective styles also keeps you from manipulating your hair as much. You

will be surprised how much length your hair can retain when you leave it alone. Protective

hairstyles are an essential tool for length retention. They protect your precious hair strands so

what you grow is what you keep.

5. Choose The Right Beauty Product

Now that you know black hair is prone to dryness, it’s important to use effective products that

are also safe for you.

When looking for the best hair care products, keep in mind your hair texture. The shampoo your

best friend uses may not be right for you no matter how much she raves about it. Most people

get overwhelmed by the number of hair care products to choose from in the marketplace. One

thing you can do to find the right product is to listen to your hair. It will tell you exactly what it

needs. If it is dry, try using products with moisturizing ingredients and go easy on the protein.

Take the time to read the ingredients on the products you are getting and do some research.