Hey there Freauxs!
It seems like FOREVER since the last time I posted on my blog. Life has been so crazy, but I’m trying to get back into the groove of things. You’ll be seeing much more from me, I promise.
While I debate on whether or not to grow out my low hair cut, I thought I would share with you a few things that always helped me when it comes to healthy hair growth. The key word is healthy. I know that for some people, length can be goals, but at what cost? Lets get the length while ensuring that we are taking care of our hair from the inside out. These are just a few quick tips, but I’ll definitely make sure to get more in depth in future posts if you’d like.
I know that I spoke about this in a previous post. Protective styling is very important when it comes to hair growth. When we just let our hair breath and leave it alone, it flourishes. I’ve cut my hair so many times, but when I do decide to let it grow back, I throw my wigs on and keep my hands out of it while I watch my curls grow.
Protect your hair at night:
Always use silk or satin when preserving your curls at night. If you don’t like to wear a scarf or a bonnet like me, there’s the option of using a satin pillow case. You can find satin pillow cases practically anywhere like Target, Wal-Mart, and even the beauty supply store. The ones that I have for myself and my girls were around $5 each. If you like a DIY, you can also make your own satin pillowcase at home. Using cotton scarves or pillow cases can cause major breakage to your hair, which is not very helpful when it comes to retaining your length. Your growth will be at a stand still.
Moisturize Your Hair:
You really have to listen to your hair. Over time, you’ll learn how your hair should feel when it is properly moisturized or when it is dried out. I use the L. O. C. method on myself and on my girls’ hair. L. O. C. stands for Liquid Oil Cream. The Liquid that I use alternates between water and a leave in conditioner. My absolute favorite leave in conditioner for our natural curls is the Lemon Grass Leave- In Conditioner by Alikay Naturals. I’ve been using sweet almond oil or coconut oil, but I’ve switched to Jamaican Black Castor Oil with the change in weather. I’m still on the search for other oils that would work well with our hair textures. I find that this oil is thicker and holds in the moisture longer while penetrating my strands. The cream that I prefer to use is usually one that is thick and also smells great. I alternate between a few different products for all three of us. I’ve been using The Curl Smiler, Almond Jai Twisting Butter, shea butter or Shea Moisture’s She Butter deep treatment mask.
Trim your hair regularly:
Okay, so although I don’t have much hair on my head right now, when I did have longer hair, I would dust my ends every now and then while my hair was in twists when I saw a few stray split ends. I like to get a professional trim about two times a year or every 6 months. I believe that as long you take care of your hair the way that you should, there is no reason to have to trim constantly through the year. Of course, that is just my opinion. Some people believe that they should trim every six weeks. It’s definitely a personal preference.
Regular trims are recommended because split ends can eventually break away and fall off. I actually dealt with this problem while I was relaxed. My hair was past my shoulders and because I was obsessed with my length I never got it trimmed. My split ends just started breaking off on their own. My hair ended up being uneven and when I finally did go to a professional for my trim, the stylist had to cut much more than they would have had I been getting it trimmed regularly.
Show Your Hair Some Love:
Take the time out to give your hair some TLC to moisturize, strengthen, and restore your strands to its healthiest state. You can do this by deep conditioning your hair at least twice a month for about thirty minutes to an hour. I’ve also deep conditioned overnight before and does wonders for my hair. Hot oil treatments can be done twice a month as well to restore moisture and promote growth. Protein treatments should be done once a month. Our hair is made up of protein and should be treated with it as well. Some textures need more protein than others and vice versa. This may be a topic for another blog post.
All in all, as long as you listen to your hair and give it what it needs, you will not only see continuous growth, but you will have healthy hair as well. Just like we want to take care of our body from the inside out, we have to do the same for our hair. Make sure that you are eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water. What you put it in results in what you get out of it. I hope this was helpful to you. Let me know below what you do to promote healthy hair growth.