As I type this I think back to a time when my hair was severely damaged and looked like it had been cut by a lawnmower.
It’s funny because the way I used to handle my hair and the way I handle it now are so, so different! No wonder it’s actually grown!
I know I’m certainly not the only one to have felt frustrated with my hair’s growth. In fact, growing longer hair is one of the most common questions that I receive.
There are so many misconceptions about natural hair care, it’s crazy!
I’m a big believer in the idea that hair care doesn’t need to be complex, confusing or overwhelming. It should be simple and that’s exactly why I’ve outlined a few key steps that anyone can follow.
The key to success in growing longer hair is to do your homework! Yes, I said homework! That means, changing how you view your hair and following the advice given in this post.
Doing your homework is about putting what you learn into practice and making it a habit to change your current hair care regime.
If you do this, you’ll see a huge difference in your hair’s growth, strength and health.
The first mindset change is to get rid of the belief that black/brown/curly haired girls don’t need to shampoo their hair!
If you’re NOT shampooing your hair and scalp, guess what’s happening? Your scalp is probably full of dirt, grease and other things. How is your hair supposed to grow if your scalp is clogged?
To grow longer hair, your scalp needs to be clean and healthy. That means shampooing your hair and scalp on a regular (but not too frequent) basis.
For instance, once a month would be an ideal number for many women. If your hair is prone to greasiness, you might want to shampoo more frequently.
The second mindset change is the belief that ‘greasing’ your hair is good for it. Yes, your hair and scalp need to be moisturised but knowing what to moisturise them with is essential.
Many hair greases are made with petroleum which is an ingredient that cannot absorb moisture. When you put grease in your hair, it might look shiny but it’s not actually moisturising your hair because
petroleum cannot moisturise. Rather than using hair greases, opt for products with natural and organic ingredients like jojoba oil which is one of the only oils in the world that can penetrate the hair shaft.
The third and final mindset change is the belief that black hair can’t grow long. It absolutely can! A lot of people seem to think that long hair is exclusive to people from certain racial/ethnic backgrounds but that’s not true at all. Your race doesn’t determine your hair length- proper hair care practice does! Growing longer hair is about knowledge, application and patience. Click here to tweet this quote!
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The words frizzy hair and summer, go hand-in-hand.
Many women stress themselves (and their hair) out, by spending wasted time trying to get their hair to do things that mother nature never intended . . . but I must admit that even those of us who are professionals are guilty of it more often than I’d like to admit!
In an attempt to have smooth and shiny looking hair for some special summer soiree . . . we over-do it!
We go beyond the normal blow-drying, stretching- out, round brush styling and over–heating with curling irons or flat-irons, all in an attempt to fight the inevitable summer frizzy hair, which is the plight for so many of us who have curly hair.
End the war with your hair
Just slowly back away from the battle with your already overworked hair. Your hair needs a vacation now and then just like you do.
Try a little Zen with your hair . . . get out of the way and let its natural innate health work its magic.
Try these tips to tame curly frizzy summer hair, and give it a much needed break at the same time!
- Shampoo Less – Shampooing less often allows your own natural oils to condition the hair. Your own natural oils are mother nature’s natural frizzy hair remedy. Frequent shampooing strips your hair of these vital oils. Do a in-between normal shampooing and use sulfate-free shampoos.
- Condition More – Frizzy summer hair is caused by the exposure of dry hair to the humid summer air. Dry hair absorbs moisture from the air in humid weather, swelling the hair and making it frizz. Dry hair types need to moisturize their hair from the inside (by conditioning) to strengthen it and keep the cuticle closed and smooth. When the cuticle is smooth and closed it resists humidity, reducing frizz.
- Deep Condition More – A deep conditioning treatment once a week is one of your best defenses to ward off frizzy hair.
- Leave-In Conditioner – Use a leave-in conditioner for extra protection. It works great as a detangler and a sun protectant too. Use your fingers and a wide tooth comb after applying a leave-in conditioner to comb through wet hair.
- Air Dry– Blow dryers accentuate the frizz factor, especially in summer months. Give your blow dryer a vacation till fall.
Think of ways to style your hair that ‘goes with the flow’ and it will save you more time and headaches. Loose buns, braids and bushy ponytails are all chic looks now that curly haired girls can play-up this summer . . . so do the right things for your hair and relax, chill out . . . and let the cosmos have its way!
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Nature provides so many natural elements which we can use to create luxurious natural hair care products. Coconuts are one of those elements which have been long-loved for their amazing power to beautify skin and hair.
Coconut oil is one of the top natural ingredients used today to make nourishing shampoos and conditioners. Products that include coconut oil have the power to transform dry or damaged hair with a naturally deep conditioning effect.
Natural ingredients also provide an extra boost by infusing hair strands with the nourishment they need to grow.
Scientific research shows us just why coconut oil is one of the most sought after ingredients in natural hair care products. Two recent studies demonstrated that daily application of coconut oil has positive results on any hair type, including curly hair and afro hair types.
Using a daily moisturizer that contains coconut oil will provide your natural hair with all the luxurious moisture possible leading to less overall breakage. Best of all, your hair will be less likely to break when combed because it is moisturized and pliable. Little to no breakage when combing is what every curly girl wants. Long term use of coconut based products can help you grow your curly tresses longer by preventing breakage and split ends and helping hair retain moisture.
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One of the best aspects of coconut oil as part of an afro hair care or curly hair care routine is that it acts as a dual moisturizer.
Firstly, it is one of the only oils that can penetrate deep within the hair shaft to provide moisture from the inside out, which is exactly why coconut oil is one of the main ingredients in our Coco Curly Conditioner.
Second, it coats and smoothes the cuticle, sealing the moisture inside of the strand. Your curly hair will be more pliable and softer to the touch, as well as have an amazing sheen.
After just one week of using a coconut oil based moisturizer for your natural hair and scalp the difference will show. A conditioner reinforced with the richness of real coconut oil that is gentle enough to use every day will prevent split ends and make your hair softer and more manageable. The result is overall improved texture, improved appearance and smoother curls.
Hair breakage hase to be one of the most common hair complaints that women from all walks of life have!
In order to get rid of hair breakage, it’s important to do three things:
1. Figure out what’s causing it. Are you using too much heat on your hair? Remember that putting your hair straightener at heats above 150C can lead to permanent damage.
2. Once you’ve figured out the causes of your hair breakage, you need to make a commitment to take consistent actionable steps to reduce breakage forever. In other words, you need to be committed to following these steps:
Limit heat to once a month (or even less!)
I used to be heat obsessed! I would literally apply heat to my hair daily, whether through using a blow dryer or by straightening it frequently. As a result, my hair was in bad condition. In order to overcome my hair woes, I had to become acquainted with styling my hair differently. It took some time, but eventually I got into the habit of only using heat once every three months. (What a change!)
Get Regular Protein Treatments
In order to have stronger hair, it’s advisable to do approximately one or two protein treatments a month. Protein treatments don’t need to be time-consuming or expensive. Simply use kitchen cupboard ingredients like eggs or mayonnaise. Protein treatments often have an immediate impact on your hair and should help to increase its’ strength and reduce damage.
Trim Those Ends!
Holding onto damaged ends is one of the most common causes of breakage. Make sure you commit to having your ends trimmed roughly once every 6-8 weeks (depending on how frequently it grows). Although a professional hair cut isn’t compulsory, a good hair dresser will have the skill to trim your hair without making it look much shorter. Always be specific with your hair stylist and be clear about how you’d like your hair to look.
If you have any questions about your curly hair simply tell us in the comments section below!
Many women chose to go natural because they’re fed up with dealing with damaged hair that constantly breaks. Others choose to go natural because chemically treated hair (whether dyed, straightened or texturised) is expensive to maintain.
Women may also chose to go natural because despite that straight hair is often seen as being more acceptible, it’s actually very hard to maintain if your hair isn’t naturally straight.
Although going natural is an exciting experience for many women, it isn’t for everybody and it’s a good idea to make sure that you truly want to go natural and embrace the experiences and challenges that natural hair can bring. Remember, the way you style your hair is totally up to you!
So how do I transition to natural hair?
In terms of how to transition, here are 4 key essential things to remember:
Everybody’s hair is different.
Just because a friend has silky, smooth curls or tight curly coils, doesn’t mean your hair will be exactly the same.
Every one has different hair types and textures and there isn’t one good or bad type of hair.
Your relaxed (chemically treated hair) will need to go!
When it comes to dealing with relaxed hair during transitioning, you have two main options.
If you’re going natural, your relaxed ends will need to go at some point but some people don’t feel comfortable chopping off chunks of their hair. If you’re one of those people then it’s probably a good idea to keep the relaxed ends and allow them to fall off naturally.
Keep all of your hair moisturized!
When going through the transitioning process, it’s highly advisable to keep your hair very moisturised. This will prevent it from unneccessary breakage and will ensure that your natural hair is in great condition. It’ll also ensure that your hair is softer and easy to style and manage.
Go out of your comfort zone!
One of the best things about embracing your naturally curly hair is that it often forces you to be open-mineded about how you style your natural hair.
For example, you’ll probably find yourself trying unique styles like twists, cornrows, plaits, curly updos and buns. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find styles that work for you.
Now it’s your turn. In the comments below, tell us one thing that you’ve learnt since you decided to go natural. You’re also welcome to ask a question about your natural or relaxed hair.
Have you ever felt like everyone’s hair seems to grow whilst yours seems to be the same length irregardless of how much you try?
Despite protective styling, conditioning, moisturizing, steaming, oiling, plaiting etc, it still feels like your hair hasn’t grown an inch in ages!
The thing is, millions of women feel exactly the same!
To help you, the first question I’m going to as isn’t ‘how long is your hair?’ or ‘how much time do you spend styling it?’
Are you alive?
If you’re reading this, your heart is pulsing- right? You are breathing- right? Well then, that definitely means you’re alive. Great!
So, if you’re alive and have no underlying health problems then your hair is definitely growing!
That’s a fact.
There’s a big difference between your hair not growing and your hair not being longer or fuller. Click to Tweet!
If your hair is no longer than it was six moths ago that means that you’re not retaining or keeping your new and old hair.
New hair is the hair that grows from your scalp; for instance when a woman who dyes her hair says her ‘roots’ are showing, the roots are new hair.
Whilst new hair grows, the hair that’s already on your head needs to be kept in good condition so that you can have longer hair. Basically, there needs to be a balance between the new hair growing and the current hair staying.
When you achieve this balance then you’ll experience growth. Simple!
For those who are struggling to keep their existing hair from breaking there are two key things you should consider:
Conditioning more frequently and properly!
If you’ve been telling yourself that conditioning is for women with a certain hair texture then you’re very much mislead.
Women with any and every texture that exists, need to condition their hair.
But it’s no use using just any product on your hair. Pick your conditioner carefully. Read the ingredients, look for high quality ingredients like coconut, lavendar oil, Vitamin E and honey.
Look at how much of the good ingredients is in the product you’re considering. For example, in our Coco Curly Conditioner Coconut oil is one of the primary ingredients (we loooove coconut oil!).
Test out different conditioners to see which one works for you and once you find that gem, use it regularly.
Of course, some women have greasier hair and may therefore chose to condition less-which is fine.
Your hair is made from protein which means that regular protein treatments will actually help to strengthen your hair.
Many women with breaking/ damaged hair notice an immediate difference with just one protein treatment simply because protein really helps to add strength and stop damage.
There’s no need for a salon trip, simply use normal eggs or mayonaise to give your hair a protein boost!
They say patience is a virtue for a reason! It’s so easy to want immediate results whenever we have a goal or desire but the truth is that hair growth takes time!
Contrary to what some people might have you believe, truly healthy hair doesn’t just happen in a day!
Your body needs time to work it’s magic and produce the healthy hair you deserve.
In fact, your body is constantly working and operating and will in time produce the results you desire in terms of your hair growth goals.
Be patient and you’ll reap the rewards.
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Have you ever felt like no matter how many times you washed,conditioned, shampooed, moisturized, trimmed and oiled deep treated your hair it still remained dry and lifeless?
Then you’ve probably experienced porous hair!
Hair porosity is caused by damage to the hair’s cuticle which causes hair to split and eventually break.
There are several reasons for hair porosity but the 3 most common are:
Excessive amounts of heat.
This is a common culprit. Heat over around 150 degrees Celsius can damage the hair permanently! If you’re going to apply heat do so minimally and keep your hair straightener on a low heat setting.
Bad and/or excessive chemical processing.
Chemical processing can literally ruin your hair so it’s always advisable to be careful.
These days many products claim to straighten your hair ‘naturally’ but in most cases, those products mislead customers.
When using any chemical straightening or coloring product, always be cautious and do your research.
Dryness can happen for several reasons including the two points mentioned above.
If you’re ever wondering why your hair is dry, think why does a plant leaf dry out and die? Because it lacks water.
Despite that many of us have been taught by our mothers, aunts, cousins etc to avoid wetting afro or curly hair too often, water actually helps our hair by providing it with moisture.
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