7 tips for healthy hair

By Drum Digital
16 June 2014

Many women want to grow long, strong, healthy hair but believe it is a slow and difficult process.

If your hair isn't growing healthily, you are probably not caring for it as you should be. Here are some tips on how to optimise hair growth: Shampoo and Condition Regularly Even if your hair is braided, you can shampoo and condition it. This will keep the hair soft, healthy and growing instead of drying out or breaking off at the ends. Moisturize Regularly This is necessary for eliminating breakage. Buy a quality hair lotion, hair food or moisturizing spray and use it. Avoid Heated Hair Appliances Style your hair without using hot combs, curling irons, or blow dryers. Excessive heat weakens Black hair causing it to break. Trim Split Ends Trim your ends every 3 months and follow with a deep conditioner. After your hair becomes healthier you will experience less split ends and you will not need to trim as often. Wear Low Maintenance Styles Pull your hair back into a loose bun, wear braids (not too tight) or other natural styles. Avoid constantly combing and brushing your hair throughout the day, especially if your hair is weak. Use a Silk Scarf When sleeping, wear a silk scarf or night cap, or sleep on a silk pillow case. Silk is soft and gentle and won't snag coarse textured hair. Avoid Over-processing If you wear a relaxed style, wait 8 to 10 weeks between touch-ups. Many Black women get hair relaxer touch-ups every 4 to 6 weeks and then wonder why their hair is breaking off instead of growing. Manage your new hair growth between touch-ups by shampooing and conditioning your hair,setting it on curlers, and letting it dry naturally. Then apply a conditioning moisturizer before styling.

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