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7 tips for Hair Growth & Length Retention | The Natural Socialite

In Hair on October 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

Do you ever feel like your hair growth has hit a dead-end?  Are you dreaming of long & strong kinks, curls, and coils but just can’t seem to get past shoulder length? Check out my seven favorite tips for ultimate length retention & hair growth.

1. Remove Dirt & Residue: Healthy hair is the result of a healthy– & clean scalp.  Regular cleansing will help to remove the daily styling products, smog & air pollutants that coat the hair shaft, preventing build-up.  Try this:  Worried about stripping your hair of its natural oils?  Dilute your shampoo a bit, prior to cleansing.  In a spray bottle, mix 1 part shampoo to 1 part water.  Spray the mixture on wet hair and cleanse your coif in sections to prevent tangles & single strand knots.

2. Trim Split Ends: Wile many women are “anti-trimming”, holding on to damaged ends is only counter productive on your part.  The splits on the ends of your hairs will eventually travel all the way up the hair shaft and break.  Trim your hair only when needed, and only trim the amount of hair that is damaged.  While many naturals trim their own hair, I prefer visiting a highly skilled, trained & trusted hair professional for such tasks.  Using quality shears is also key with trims & cuts, so using your kitchen scissors will give less than optimal results. Try this: Always go in for a consultation before visiting a new hair stylist.  Make sure you clearly communicate your goals and let them examine your hair prior to committing to a service.  Ask plenty of questions.  If you feel as if the stylist is annoyed or rushes you, it is probably a good idea to continue your search elsewhere. Calling around? Don’t hesitate to ask if there is anyone in the salon that specializes in cutting curly hair.

3. Lock in the moisture: Keeping your hair moisturized is one of the keys for healthy hair that will also enable growth & length retention. Sealing in the moisture will assist in building your hair’s resilience & prevent breakage. Dry hair is more susceptible to breakage, while properly moisturized hair is more pliable and more able to withstand mechanical manipulation (combing, styling, etc.).

4.  Regular Scalp Massages: Scalp massage stimulates blood flow in the capillaries allowing a greater distribution of essential nutrients to the hair follicles. Try this: Coconut oil contains a compound known as lauric acid which, when massaged into the hair, fights bacteria and unblocks follicles.

5. Try Protective Styling: Protective & low manipulation hair styling is one of the best methods of length retention.  These styles allow your hair follicles to have a rest and since there is little to no manipulation, there is no constant tugging & pulling. Try this: Buns, Braids, Two-Strand & Mini Twists are all great options to help you protect your hair from damage & achieve your hair’s growth potential.

6. Healthy Lifestyle Changes: A poor diet, and unhealthy lifestyle is no friend to healthy hair. An unbalanced diet can (& will) cause your hair to become dry, brittle, fall out & break off.  Eating and maintaining a balanced diet is essential to optimal hair health.

7. Don’t Dry Comb: Dry combing your hair in its natural state is an absolute no no.  If you constantly have excessive breakage or shedding and don’t know why, dry combing may be the culprit.  After your hair is slightly dampened, gently comb your hair from tips to roots to help prevent snatching your hair out  Try this: Keep a spray bottle handy and apply a simple moisture mist to your hair (especially those ends) before combing & styling.  I mix 1 part distilled water with 1 part aloe vera juice with a few drops of rosemary & citrus essential oils. Make sure you keep mixtures containing pure aloe vera juice refrigerated & mix in small batches to prevent rancidity.

  1. […] dry combing may be the culprit. After your hair is slightly dampened, gently comb your hair from Tips to roots to help preventsnatching your hair out Try this: Keep a spray bottle handy and apply a […]

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