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How to Really Grow Your Natural Hair Faster and Longer?

We, black women, are blessed with gorgeous black hair with a unique texture. However, we have grown believing that because our hair has a unique texture, we can’t really do much to help it grow longer and faster if we wanted to.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

We, black women, are blessed with gorgeous black hair with a unique texture. However, we have grown believing that because our hair has a unique texture, we can’t really do much to help it grow longer and faster if we wanted to. But that's just a myth. There are plenty of ways we can do to grow our afro hair just like any other hair type. Growing your hair fast and long will depend on your hairstyle but when you treat it right, you can do something to get those tresses longer. Take a look at these tips.

Admit that everything you have done to your afro hair has not worked.

The first thing you have to do is face the truth and admit that all the hair products and your hair care routine have not worked in making your hair grow longer. So, tell yourself that you have to start everything afresh. It is also important to keep in mind that your genes can be a factor in how fast and long your tresses grow. But that does not mean it won't grow. You just have to be patient as it can take time for your hair to grow.

Know your hair cycle.

If you don't know yet, hair growth has four cycles: anagen, catagen, exogen, and telogen. The growing phase is anagen when your hair grows. The next one is catagen or the regression phase. This is when your hair follicles shrink and detach the dermal papilla that can last about ten days. Then there is the telogen or the resting phase. Your old hair rests while new hair starts to grow. Telogen can last for three months. The final phase is exogen or the shedding phase. It is the time when your hair loosens up and gets shed. Now that you know and understand the four stages of hair growth, you now know that in a year, your hair can grow up to six inches if you properly take care of it. So, if your hair growing phase only lasts for two years, that means your hair can only reach a maximum length of 12 inches. But if your growing phase is longer, then expect your mane to grow much longer too.

Avoid habits that make your hair break.

As we all know, hair breakage can is not good for growing your hair cause when your tresses break, they cannot reach their maximum length. So you have to know the things that you do that cause hair breakage. It can be pulling your hair when styling, or styling your hair when it is wet. That is a big no-no. Excessive combing daily can also lead to breakage. Wait for your hair to get dry first before you style it.

Washing and conditioning your natural hair is a must.

Our hair can accumulate dirt and oil on a daily basis even if you are just staying at home. So washing your hair is important to keep it clean. However, be sure to limit the washing time to a maximum of three times a month so your hair won't be weak and fragile. Deep condition your hair after every wash to keep it smooth and healthy.

Get rid of split ends.

Chop the edges if you want to make your hair grow. Split ends can split into two or more and that can reduce the length of your tresses. Split ends continue to inflict more damage to your hair if they are not trimmed so be sure to have them chopped by a professional hairstylist. If you want to prevent split ends before they occur, be sure to moisturize your hair constantly and avoid heat styling.

Eat nutritious food.

The key to having strong and healthy hair is eating nutritious food. Nourishing your afro hair by eating healthy food can help you achieve longer hair. Vitamin deficiency can cause slow hair growth so you have to make sure your diet is filled with vitamins A, C, and E, proteins, omega-3, iron, zinc, and biotin. These nutrients will keep your hair healthy and stronger. Drinking enough water is important too. Aside from keeping your body hydrated, it can keep your hair hydrated too.

We aren't done yet, sis! Stay tuned for more helpful tips to grow your hair to the length that you desire. If you want to get more beauty advice and some hair care tips for dark-skinned women, check out Black Lifestyle.