Posts Tagged ‘natural hair growth’
Are You Ripping Your Hair Out?
I was having a conversation with my mom and she was telling me how much breakage she had been experiencing. She did not know what it was coming from; needless to say, she had become frustrated and fed up. There are many who experience excessive breakage and shedding, but do not know what to attribute it to. Sometimes it is not always a product or a condition that is holding us back from achieving optimal results for our hair, but we are sometimes the culprit. After inquiring about her hair regimen, I found out precisely the cause of my mom’s breakage – she was!
My mom, who is a transitioner, after years of relaxing, has plenty to learn about hair care. There are little steps that we must take to preserve our hair’s beauty and health. The number one thing that most naturals know NOT to do – comb the hair while dry! My mother had been combing through her dry hair, manipulating it, and styling it in its dry state. Oh how I sympathize with her scalp and hair. That is a Big No-No Ladies and Gents. Never comb through kinky, coily, curly hair that is completely dry; such behavior spells disaster! Also, when you do decide to comb through your dampened hair, always comb from ends to roots to avoid snatching the hair out. Small tips like these will do you a world of good if you keep them in mind.
The proper way to Detangle post is coming soon! Happy healthy hair growing!
Growing Hair Long: Massaging the Scalp
Massaging the scalp is a great way to promote growth. Think about it: Hair growth begins at the scalp! The growth rate may be manipulated through persistent and accurate massaging of the scalp.
The blood flow that goes to the scalp is pivotal to the growth process. If the scalp is tense, the hair will have a harder time to grow. When the scalp is massaged and at ease, the hair may grow with ease; this speeds up the growth rate! Stimulation of the scalp is an excellent way to grow the hair.
Here’s how to do it!
Place the pads of your fingers on the scalp (Do Not use the finger nails). Move the scalp around with the pads of your fingers as if you massaging any other part of the body. Be careful not to just rub the fingers in vigorously, but move the scalp around to stimulate the circulation of blood to the scalp. An oil may aid in the massaging process. The looser the scalp the better and the easier it is for the hair to grow out of the scalp. It may feel odd at first, but don’t be skeptical. Give scalp massaging a try. Here’s a video to help you out as well, Proper Scalp Massaging.
Growing Natural Hair Long: Length Retention
Length retention is the key to growing natural hair beyond the average lengths. Many use growth aids, saturate the scalp with oils daily, and try to stimulate the scalp as best they can. We must realize that unless there is a medical condition present, the hair is going to grow regardless of what some may think! It may seem as though the growth rate may not be the fastest; however, the hair does grow. The big problem that is not always easy to detect is the fact that the hair is growing, but one may not be able to properly retain the length.
Length retention is an imperative aspect of the hair care journey. The process of length retention includes many elements that one must dissect and take on step at a time.
Do not hold on to split ends. Clip them! Contrary to what that “magical product” on the BSS shelf says, a split end will not be repaired! It will not magically bond back together, therefore you must cut it. Naturals may not have to trim as often (this really depends on the hair care regimen), but we still have to trim.
Do not pull the knots. Natural hair produces knots quite often, if naturals are not careful. The curlier and kinkier the hair, the more knots will be produced. When you get knots on the ends, do not pull them or tear them off when you are bored. Knots too must be clipped off! Clip them and keep the hair detangled regularly. Stretching the hair and low manipulation are other ways to keep the knots at bay in order to retain length.
Moisturize the ends. Infusing the ends with moisture will allow the ends to remain healthy. This prevents the ends from drying out and snapping easily.
Oil the ends. The process of oiling the ends is also referred to as sealing the ends. After you have added moisture to your ends, when needed, you will have to use something to keep the moisture in the strands. Use your favorite oil to lock in the moisture on the ends.
Protect the ends! Keep the ends off of your shoulders and away from the harsh treatment from the elements. The ends of your hair must be protected in order to see the greatest results. For some, protecting the ends means hiding the hair under wigs, scarves, or hats. Buns are great protective styles as well.
The pivotal tip to keep in mind is – the hair grows from the roots, not the ends. The ends are the oldest part of your hair. It makes sense to have to take care of the ends more than you would with any other section of the strand. Happy Healthy Hair Growing!