We talk so much about the best ways to grow our hair long and that is all well and good but there is absolutely no point in having long hair when your hair is not healthy,
Having long hair needs to go in hand with having healthy hair for ultimate success.
If you look at the 2 elements as separate entities then you will run into problems
In my years of being natural, I have picked up a few tips on how to grow healthy natural hair that will also grow long.
Let’s take a look at some of these.
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How To Grow Healthy Natural Hair That Will Also Grow Long
1. Make Sure You Have A Good Regimen In Place
Having a regimen for your natural hair is really important as it helps to make sure you are on the right track. One thing that you should be aware of is that you need to have your own hair regimen. You can’t copy another person’s regimen and take it as your own.
It’s fine to use someone else’s regimen as a guide but be sure to adapt it to the needs of your own hair.
I have found that with my own hair I can go 2 or even 3 weeks without having to wash it but I know this would be disastrous for others. I don’t really tend to go in heavy with products, therefore, I can space out my wash days more.
Be sure when you are putting your regimen together that you also look into mid-week moisturising. It’s very rare that a person would be able to go a whole week or 2 without having to moisturise their hair in between. This is still true even if you have your hair in a protective style.
Remember just because your hair is hidden away does not mean that you don’t still have to care for it.
2. Be Sure To Trim When You Need Too
Trimming your hair should actually be part of your routine but I feel it needs a whole section just for itself as it is that important.
Most people try to skip out on trimming their hair but you can’t do that if your focus is healthy hair.
Over time the ends of your hair suffer damage, remember the ends are the oldest part of your hair so therefore they need the most care and attention.
You need to trim your ends to ensure that they remain healthy.
Trimming your hair helps to get rid of split or frayed ends. When you trim away the damage you give your hair the best chance at remaining healthy.
Always be sure to use professional scissors like these if you are going to self-trim.
3. Wash Your Hair In Sections
Natural hair can be a lot to deal with especially if you have very thick hair. Those strands of hair like to wrap around each other and cause lots of tangles if you do not keep an eye on it.
Washing your hair in sections not only makes managing your hair easier but it also helps to prevent your hair re-tangling once you have finished washing a section. You can do this by keeping your sections separate with butterfly clamps.
Another benefit of washing your hair in sections is the fact that it is easier to make sure you are washing it properly. Taking one section of hair at a time and being able to concentrate on it will make life much easier.
I have discovered that when I wash my hair in smaller sections I am able to be much more gentle with my hair in terms of having fewer strands of hair snapping. When you have less broken strands of hair your hair remains healthy.
4. Keep Your Scalp Healthy
It would be easy to concentrate on your hair and forget about your scalp but you have to remember that your scalp is part of the process of keeping your hair healthy.
Healthy hair can’t grow out of a scalp that is unhealthy.
Make sure you look after your scalp too. Make sure you keep your scalp free of product build-up.
Head massages are also really good because it gets the blood flowing throughout your scalp which also promotes hair growth.
Keeping the flow of blood on your scalp moving will help you to keep your hair growth rate up and keep your hair healthy at the same time.
5. Finger Detangle Over Using Hair Tools
When it comes to detangling your hair I have always been a big believer in learning how to finger detangle hair. It’s a little tricky to start off with but over time you will soon get used to it and you will find it difficult to go back to using combs and brushes afterwards.
The advantage of finger detangling is that you can be a lot more gentle with your strands as you can feel it before your hair is about to break. Hairstyling tools take this away.
I also find that when I finger detangle I find it easier to remove shed hair from my hair. Removing shed hair is important as they can cause tangles and single strand knots as well.
Finger detangling is much gentler overall and will help you to keep your hair healthy.
6. Keep Heat Usage To A Minimum
I know some people like to use heat as they feel it makes it easier to manage natural hair but it only takes one time for it all to go wrong.
I’m not saying that you should stay away from heat altogether but you need to make sure you are taking proper precautions when applying heat.
Always use a low heat setting and make sure you use heat protectant as well.
Once you get heat damage you can’t come back from that, you have to cut it off. So if you do feel the need to use heat make sure you take the proper precautions and keep it to a minimum if you can.
Final Thoughts On How To Grow Healthy Natural Hair
One thing that I have come to realise is that growing long healthy hair doesn’t have to be difficult. You can do the minimum and still maintain a good position with your hair.
It’s not about complicated regimens or hairstyles it’s about being consistent and gentle with your hair. If you treat it well, it will grow healthy and in turn, it will grow long.