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.
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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