Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by lack of hair growth? Me too sis. Every year, a goal of mine is to see my hair grow longer and healthier, however, when it comes to checking the length, it always seems I’m at a plateau.
On average, a person’s hair grows approximately ½ inch per month, which would mean about 6 inches of growth per year. So, what’s keeping me and so many others from seeing that growth (besides shrinkage)? It can come down to a number of things: breakage, lack of consistency in routine, dryness, too much manipulation, not enough scalp care, you name it.
Nevertheless, WE WILL RETAIN THIS LENGTH! How so? Below I’ve listed four tips that help promote healthy hair growth and genuinely produce results when practiced regularly.
If your scalp isn’t healthy, your hair will NOT grow! You have to moisturize and stimulate it daily, whether your hair is in a protective style or not. Massaging helps to get the blood flowing through your scalp, which promotes hair growth. Most natural oils have wonderful moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits that your scalp will love.
How To: Apply a generous amount of your favorite oil (or a mixture of oils) to your fingertips. A few options: Tea Tree, Peppermint, Jojoba, Coconut, Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Use your fingers to massage all over your scalp for 3-5 minutes. Repeat this no less than 3 times per week (or even daily if you have a super dry scalp like me).
I can’t stress enough how essential deep conditioning is to everyone’s hair routine, no matter what hair type. So grab your favorite, and coat your tresses with it at least once a week. Leave it on for 45 minutes or more. If you have to, you can even sleep with it in overnight! If your hair is low porosity, you should definitely add heat to make sure that the product’s benefits are actually penetrating your hair.
How To: Apply deep conditioner to your hair in sections. Cover hair with a plastic shower cap. Sit under a heated dryer or even in front of a space heater if you must. Or, sit with your hair uncovered, under a steamer – it works like magic.
Yes it’s a trend right now, but it’s one that actually works! Rice water is packed with nutrients that are incredibly beneficial to the skin (your scalp is skin after all) and hair. It is also high in protein, so it can help strengthen the hair cuticle.
How To: Rinse approximately 1 cup of any type of rice (brown, white, jasmine, wild), then put it into a mason jar with 2 cups of water. Let it sit for a day. When ready, strain the rice, catching the water in your spray bottle. Dispose of rice. On freshly washed hair, spray rice water all over scalp, and hair. Cover with a plastic cap and let it sit for 15 minutes (under a steamer helps with low-porosity hair). Then rinse, and follow up with a moisturizer. Repeat weekly to start seeing results!
Protective styling is nothing new, however, make sure you choose one that won’t require you to touch your own hair at all for at least a week at a time, and that also won’t cause any tension, breakage or rubbing up against your clothes/sheets.
How To: Wigs have been my recent go-to. Cornrow your hair back, and get a nice wig to put on for when you go out of the house. This allows your hair to be tucked away for long periods of time, but you can still regularly oil your scalp and ends, moisturize your own hair, and let it breathe. If wigs aren’t your style, try putting your own hair (no hair added) into mini twists and keep them in that style for a while, or any style that won’t cause you to have to comb or manipulate your hair after the initial styling (buns work well too).
There you have it!
Add these 4 tips to your regimen and watch your hair flourish! Be sure to come back here and share your progress with us in the comments!