I stopped relaxing my hair in November 2009 and I stopped getting it professionally styled in June 2010. Since then I have learned a lot about natural hair in general simply because I had no choice – I’ve done a loooot of research. Lol. When I attend and host events Curlistas always ask me what I do to “grow” my hair. I’m always puzzled because I don’t “do” anything. BUT, there are a few things I have learned along the way that can help your hair if length is your goal. Below are my Top 5 Natural Hair Tips.
1. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
Water – Yes, water is your hair’s best friend but it’s also your body’s best friend. The suggested water intake is 64 oz each day. I NEVER come close to that but I drink as much water as possible throughout the day. Drinking water will help your hair, body and skin be its healthiest.
LOC Method – Seal in your hair’s moisture every time you style freshly washed hair or re-moisturize it in-between washes. Any type of oil will do. My favorites are avocado oil, castor oil and coconut oil. Click here for my LOC Method video and here for my LOC Method blog post.
2. Team No Heat. I’ll admit I used heat at the beginning of my 14 month transition and I paid for it. When I finally “big chopped”, some of my ends were damaged and I had to learn how to blend the damaged ends with my curls in addition to learning how to manage my new texture. If possible, just say “no”!
3. Protective Style. My hair flourished the most when I routinely did protective styles. Since my hair has gotten longer I’ve gotten lazy (I’ll admit it) and I haven’t been protective styling as often but I hope to find the time to resume soon.
4. Wrap It Up. I know a lot of us sleep in makeup (something I CAN’T do or my face would go crazy) because we’re too tired and we all know how bad it can be for your skin. The same rule applies with our natural hair. Even if you’re too tired to re-twist or re-braid or whatever, make sure you wrap it up with a satin scarf or bonnet. At the very least you should sleep on a satin pillowcase. Protect those tresses at night!
5. Hands Off! I suffer from HIHS (Hand in Hair Syndrome). And, yes, I think I made that up. *shrug* But, seriously keep your hands away from your hair. The less you touch your hair the less frizzy it will be and the less tangled it will get which can take wash day from being a breeze to complete torture.
What are your top natural hair tips for growth and length retention?