Grow longer hair today

By Drum Digital
20 June 2014

Growing your hair doesn't have to be a complete schlep. The reason why black hair does not appear to grow is because the ends are breaking off from too much handling. If your hair didn't grow, you wouldn't need to head to the hair dresser every 4-6 weeks! There are plenty of forums and blogs where black women and girls have beautiful hair. Your hair will be healthier if you follow these rules and you will notice a difference in the strength and length. Try these tips to achieve the long, thick luscious you've always dreamed about. Cut down on shampoo If your hair is dry, co-wash your hair. Co-washing means washing your hair with conditioner in place of shampoo. Since the '40s shampoo was made with the same drying product as laundry detergent. If you must wash your hair, dilute you shampoo with 75% water and 25% shampoo. Select your products carefully Try using  a small amount of grape seed, olive oil, or jojoba oil straight from the bottle. Avoid money thirsty products and try making your own. Aloe Vera is the same PH of your hair which is 4 and will close your cuticles and make your hair shiny and smoother than ever before. Create a regimen Decide how often you are going to "shampoo" and deep condition your hair.Co-washing should be your method.

You will want to condition every 3 to 5 days and seal the moisture in with a light oil. Deep condition every week if you have time, and no less than twice a month. The ends of your hair are the oldest, instead of the old myth of "greasing your scalp" , oil your ends to stop it from breaking from rubbing against your clothes. Never use grease Most black hair needs extra moisture, but stay away from products with petroleum. Petroleum makes hair stiff, dry and greasy. Instead of grease, try natural oils (coconut, jojoba, olive, or castor) or natural shampoos and conditioners which are great for your hair because they don't have all those sulfates, sodiums and preservatives in them. They also give your hair a nice shine to it. Grape seed oil is very light and can withstand high temperatures without burning which will help control heat damage if you use heat styling products on your locks. Moisturise your ends  Be sure to keep them moisturised so you don't end up with split ends. Seal your ends with either coconut oil or castor oil. Avoid heat on your hair If you use heat styling products on your hair, try and cut it down to 2-3 times a month if you can. Also make sure you use a heat protection shampoo and/or moisturizer, or a good serum/spray on your hair before flat ironing or curling. Hold the barrel cover slightly open so the hair simply passes over the barrel without being tugged and pulled by the barrel cover when you use the curling iron. Keep it silky Make sure you sleep on a satin pillowcase or tie your hair up in a silk scarf so your hair can stay healthy and won't break or tear. Silk or satin pillowcases , bonnets and scarves will also help prevent acne because there is not as much bacteria on them every night. Try a protein treatment Once a month use egg in your hair before washing it all out. Protein will make your hair less prone to breakage and over-moisturizing. Your hair will be a lot shinier too. Be careful not over protein your hair , it will start to snap off. Comb carefully Use a wide tooth comb to comb your hair, stop buying bristle brushes or thin combs which will catch in your hair and snap it off.  Black women their hair everyday, your hair does not need to be combed everyday, just detangle with your fingers. Excessive combing will break your hair off.

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