1. Healthy food choices: Start Small
(I am not saying go vegan over night, but swaping certain foods out or hea is a great way to start!)
For example while cooking….
- Swap butter for olive oil or avacodo
- Swap idolized salt for sea salt
- Bake instead of fry
- Water vs. Soda or sugared drinks
- A simple detox- Adding lemon to your water to help get rid of toxins in the body
These simple trade offs made a huge difference in my health. Healthy body= healthy hair!
2. Low manipulation
Low manipulation is a key step to obtain long healthy hair. So committing to a protective style and sticking with it for a week or longer is key. The less you touch your hair the better. Being a new mom, I wore a ton of high buns which not only saved a bunch of my hair from postpartum shedding but it kept the ends of my hair hidden and protected from rubbing against my clothes.
3. Keep moisturized
Keeping your hair moisturized is probably the most important step to growing hair. Natural hair is prone to dryness and if your hair has been neglected in that area it may be harder for it to retain moisture. Like plants, our hair needs moisture to grow so every time my hair began to feel dry I would tend to it immediately. Spritzing water and following with an sealant should do the trick! When detangeling, I section off my hair and add a dime sized amount of olive oil to each section and then apply Jane Carter Solutions Nutrients and Shine Butter because it’s super light weight and moisturizing. *If your hair is braided apply a little bit of your fave oil along your scalp.
4. Find a regimen that works for you and stick to it!
Cowash weekly, saved my life! – My routine for my kinky curly hair consisted of As I am Coconut Cowash, Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Conditioner and Leave-in, a little olive oil and a sealant. I shampoo monthly and deep condition every three weeks.
5. Shampoo only when necessary and eliminate stripping cleansers
Some shampoos strip your hair’s natural oils leaving it feeling dry, brittle and even tangled. Almost all natural shampoos are now sulfate free but some still leave your hair still feeling striped. I found making my own cleanser to be much more rewarding and personal for my hair. But on my lazy days I use Organtix Argan oil shampoo because it leaves my hair feeling moisturized and soft. (Not to mention it smells amazing)
6. Stay away from heat!
Most people will tell you to just limit yourself. “If you flat iron once a month try going 2 months without heat.” Well I say, if you want fast and healthy hair growth, then you need to cut out heat (cold turkey) for at least a year. You will see an amazing transformation.
Everyone says it, because it’s true! As long as your using the the right products for your body, you WILL grow healthy hair. Give your body time and enjoy the beautiful natural journey.