When it comes to growing long and voluminous natural hair - can it be done? Yes, it can. In fact, we want to help you find ways to grow long and healthy strands. Then you can show off those gorgeous bouncy curls! When you finish reading this blog, the once - never growing natural hair can and will bloom again in no time with these simple and easy tips.
Why Isn’t My Hair Growing?
There are several reasons why your natural hair may be struggling to grow at the pace you want it to, and one of those reasons could be how you take care of yourself. Now, this doesn’t just mean eating the right foods, exercising is also vital to hair growth believe it or not.
Sweat It Out
Working out can significantly increase your blood circulation, giving you better oxygen. When you sweat, toxins are released through our skin and it also helps unclog the hair follicles, giving it enough room for new hairs to grow! At the same time, when blood circulation is flowing to the scalp, it also nourishes the roots with lots of nutrients to promote hair growth. Stressing can make you lose hair too. If you want to relieve some stress, go for a quick run or hit the gym for 30 minutes. Not only will it ease your stress, you’re also helping your hair continue to grow. Sweat it all out!
Take The V’s
Multivitamin supplements. Yes, boost your hair growth by taking multivitamins. There are multivitamin supplements that you can take either in pill or liquid form. If you have trouble absorbing vitamins from a pill, then the liquid may be more effective and provide better results. For best results, save your money and eat healthy with foods that contain a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
Harmful Chemicals In Hair Products
You may have heard from hair professionals that using the wrong hair care product can make your hair stop growing. Indeed, this can be very true. Make sure you know what type of product your hair needs and the kind of ingredients that go inside. There may be harmful and toxic chemicals in hair products that may damage natural hair more than straight and wavy hair because oval-shaped and looser cuticles have more trouble retaining moisture.
Here are a few ingredients to stay away from:
- Synthetic Colors
Let Your Hair Loose
Be careful of the hairstyle choices you make, especially when it comes to wigs and hair extensions! This can cause serious hair pulling and likely lead to hair loss. If you use them often, repeated stress on the scalp can lead to a hair disorder called, Traction Alopecia. Traction alopecia is caused by anything that pulls on the hair, ultimately damaging the root and can lead to scarring and permanent hair loss.This also means styling with tight braids and ponytails everyday. Once the scalp starts scarring from traction alopecia, your hair cannot grow back in that area, so be careful. It’s important to let your hair and scalp breathe as much as you can to help the hair to grow healthy. Let the hair loose as much as possible.
Be Gentle With Your Scalp
Gently massage and concentrate on the scalp when washing your hair with shampoo. When it comes to using the conditioner, find a good one and let the moisture seep into your hair for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Create An Amazing Hair Mask
If you have time, why not cater yourself to a DIY hair mask? There are many hair mask recipes online that are great for your hair. Since natural hair can get very dry and damaged, look for ingredients that specifically help with moisture and nourishment. Many ingredients can also help promote hair growth, add shine, prevent damage too!
Here are a few to look out for:
- Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Trim Your Hair Regularly
Getting your hair trimmed can be a scary experience but it'll help your hair grow long and healthy in the long run. Those split ends need to be cut off before it reaches higher up your strands.
Lay Low On The Hot Tools
Using excessive heat on your hair will result in hair breakage and dryness. When it comes to drying your hair off, let it air dry 80% of the way so that it can dry naturally.