There’s this huge misconception that curly hair is impossible to grow.
In fact, I’ve heard people constantly say that Afro hair can’t grow long. Every time I hear people make such comments I’m astounded because I’ve seen hundreds of women of colour who have long, luscious hair.
The thing is that misconceptions aren’t real- they’re not the truth.But despite this fact, people hear misconceptions and wholeheartedly believe them. When it comes to matters such as hair growth, hair texture, skin tone and other aspects of identity, there are a lot of misconceptions that people never question. Whenever you hear those misconceptions (or untruths) as I call them, I want you to just ignore them and instead focus on what you know to be true. The truth is that long hair isn’t exclusive to a specific race or ethnic group. Long hair stems from good health and proper maintenance.
To grow longer hair it is absolute imperative that you eat healthy. No, your diet doesn’t need to be perfect but it does need to contain fruits, vegetables, nuts and healthy oils. You should also drink lots of water!
Aside from that, exercise is absolutely crucial! Take 5 minutes out of your schedule to do some star jumps, walk on the spot, jog around your living room. As Malcolm Gladwell says, small things make a big difference! Try adding a few minutes of exercise to your daily regime and you’ll find that your heart will be stronger, blood will circulate throughout your body and your hair will have no reason to not grow!
Finally, please look after those ends! Keep the ends of your hair moisturised by applying a lotion to your hair every day. On top of that, apply oil to the ends of your hair. Natural oils are always best- there is no substitute for nourishing oils like jojoba, olive or grapeseed oil. Forget using products that contain unhealthy ingredients, products with healthy ones are always better because they actually moisturise your hair properly.
Small steps make a big difference. In the comments below tell me what small step you’ll take to grow longer, healthier hair?
Be as specific as possible.
Raise your hand if you have curly hair. Me too!
Whilst we all love our curls, picking products that work for them isn’t always the easiest thing to do.
What a lot of curly girls (also known as naturals) fail to realise is that choosing hair products is a very personal thing.
There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when picking curly hair products for your hair.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the key factors:
Your hair texture- is the product you’re considering, designed to meet the needs of curls?
Are your textures mixed? What I mean by this is- do you (like most curly girls) have more than one hair texture. I know I have. For instance, the front of my hair is sort of wavy-meets-afro whilst the middle is super afro textured. The back is loosely wavy. My hair has three very different textures and I always take that into consideration when making products for my curly-haired customers.
Another factor to consider is what’s in your hair products. This is a big one. So many products are filled with harsh chemicals that strip curly hair of moisture and make it dry, brittle and prone to split ends. Make sure you do your research and pick products with healthy, natural ingredients.
The final factor to consider is how much time you have. We’re all living increasingly busy lives so finding time to mix up your own concoctions can be really time and energy consuming. Many busy women simply want to use products that are easy to use and can be carried any where. That’s why when creating the My Curls range, I deliberately ensured that the products in the line were easy to use, portable and lifestyle friendly.
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