We believe growing healthy hair is arguably the biggest challenge for every coily girl. Everyone desires to have long beautiful hair. Many of us went natural so our hair can flourish. However, many of you are still struggling to get to the flourishing stage. You haven't figured out your hair yet. Our hair has needs and it has likes and dislikes. It's very important to learn what your hair likes. We believe the most important part of being natural is educating yourself versus buying products.
Once you have learned your hair likes and needs it makes it so much easier to buy products that work for your hair. Many of you make the mistake of buying all kinds of products and then later you're left frustrated when those products aren't working. Your ability to understand your hair is what will cause it to flourish.
Are you currently struggling with growing your natural hair? If so, then this article is for you. We're going to dive into some of the basics and why they are important. The first thing you need to tackle is hair porosity.
Knowing your hair porosity helps you to know what products are going to work best for your hair. It makes shopping for products a lot easier. That way you aren’t buying products that will not work for your hair. It will also save you a lot of money in the long run.
What is your Porosity?
Porosity is how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. Porosity is usually determined by your genetics but some external factors can alter your hair porosity such as heat and chemical processing. We believe knowing your hair porosity can be a major game-changer for you in your natural hair journey. As we mentioned before it can help you choose the right products to keep your hair well-moisturized, strong and shiny. We're not going too much into this topic since we previously did a 3 part series on porosity on the blog. Check out, "3 Ways to Test Your Hair Porosity." If you already know your hair porosity check out, "How to Care for Low Porosity Hair" or "How to Care for High Porosity Hair."
It starts with your scalp!
It's this simple. A clean and healthy scalp is important for hair growth. Washing your hair once a month or every other month is a no-go. You must cleanse your scalp regularly to get rid of product build-up, dry scalp and dandruff. Product build-up tends to weigh down your hair with product residue. So the best way to ensure all the buildup is removed is to use a clarifying shampoo. If your hair follicle is clogged up there is no room for hair to grow out of your scalp.
All of the aforementioned can prevent your hair from growing. Many of you deal with dry scalp or dandruff. You must develop a hair care routine to deal with it. You may have to see a dermatologist if you're dealing with severe scalp conditions. When cleansing your scalp a moisturizing shampoo is a must. Especially for the coilies who love to style their hair regularly and reapply products like gel, heavy cream and oils. You can rotate between a moisturizing shampoo or co-wash.
We're not here to tell anyone how often they should wash their hair. You need to be able to look at your scalp and tell when it's time to wash your hair. If you're unsure please see a professional hairstylist for a consultation to help you come up with a healthy hair care routine to follow. Everyone's scalp is different and has different needs.
Do Hot Oil Treatment or scalp massages!
We love hot oil treatments and scalp massages and highly recommend them. Hot oil treatments promotes healthy scalp. It helps to nourish dry and brittle hair. If your hair is often dry and brittle, we recommend doing a hot treatment twice a month after you have shampooed your hair. It helps to strengthen and protect your hair. It allows your hair to soak up the nutrients benefited from that particular oil of your choice. Shameless plug our Premium Blend Exotic Cocktail Oil is excellent for hot oil treatments and scalp massages. You can check out the benefits of our oil here, it's formulated with 16 different oils and carries loads of nutrients. You can also check out the article, "How Scalp Massages may Lead to Thicker and Longer Hair."
Step to doing a Hot Treatment?
First, you need to select a specific oil to deal with the issue at hand. For example, if your hair is always frizzy. You want to select an oil like Argan Oil or our Exotic Cocktail oil that helps to get rid of frizzy hair.
Apply the oil by massaging the oil into your scalp and then apply from the roots up to the ends of your strands. Put your hair in a bun or section it in 4 and cover it with a shower cap. If you have a hooded dryer or heating cap sit underneath it for 15-20 mins.
Then wash your hair out and follow that with your conditioner or deep conditioner. We don't believe in doing hot oil treatment before shampooing. You're going to end up clogging your hair follicles on a dirty scalp. It should be done on a clean scalp so the nutrients from the oils can enter your scalp.
Deep Condition like your hair depends on it.
Some women deep condition weekly, biweekly and monthly. Others deep condition every time they shampoo, so if they wash their hair 2-3 times a week, they deep condition 2-3 times a week. Shampoo strips the hair and they have to follow up with a deep conditioner to add the moisture back into their hair. What is a Deep Conditioner? A deep conditioner is thicker in substance and contains ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft. The purpose of a deep conditioner is to TEMPORARILY repair and nourish the hair cuticles with higher viscosity. Because the deep conditioner is thicker it needs to be left on the hair longer to penetrate your hair shaft. When you use heat with your deep conditioners it allows for the conditioner to penetrate the hair strands easier. Deep conditioners are like a temporary fix. It’s something you should do regularly.
Did you know deep conditioning your hair at least once a week makes your hair less prone to breakage and helps to retain length? Depending on the needs of your hair you may have to deep condition your hair often. Only YOU know the state of your hair.
This is another topic we're not going to go too deep into because we previously wrote an article on this topic as well. Please check out, Why it's Important to Deep Condition Your Hair."
Trim your ends regularly!
It’s important to get your hair trimmed as needed. We can’t tell you when to trim your ends. For me, I get my ends trimmed once a year and dust my ends as needed throughout the year. Some people trim every 6-8 weeks. Again, seek professional help to determine how often you need to get your ends trim to retain the length. Our hair is constantly growing. The average head of hair grows at least half an inch of hair a month. Some see more because of genetics. But the average person's hair grows half an inch a month.
You might be reading this saying, not mine. But yes, yours, the problem is you're NOT retaining the length. It could be because of several reasons. Your hair might be constantly breaking due to stress, lack of moisture (constantly dry) or not getting your ends trimmed regularly. It goes back to knowing, learning and paying attention to your hair.
Stay away from Heat!
We know some of you love the heat. But constantly blow drying your hair or the use of styling tools to style your hair, not only dry out your hair but can also cause heat damage to your strands.
Detangle in sections.
Many coilies can attest 75-80 percent of breakage they experience is during wash day. Attempting to comb through your hair all at once is suicidal, Sis. Unless your curls are on the looser side. We don't recommend it. It’s important to detangle your hair on damp or wet hair in sections. This was another game-changer for me in retaining length. I started detangling my hair in 4 sections. First, I finger-detangle then I use a wide-tooth comb or our detangling brush which is the bomb.com.
We hope you found this article helpful!
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