You would surely agree with me that about 95% of the natural hair community (yes, community!) have their top hair goals to be “long and healthy hair”. These days, the internet has diverse natural hair tips and treatments with a lot of them being inaccurate. So it’s somewhat hard to find verified information when it comes to growing long and healthy hair. Trust me, I know the struggle!
Over time, I have discovered some growth-friendly practices for natural hair, and in this article I would be spilling my “top two”. I have practiced these things in my hair and the results are quite visible. In case you have doubts, I came prepared with evidence in form of pictures! But before I show my results, let’s dive right into these two hair growth practices for long and healthy hair.
# 1. Scalp Health.
The importance of caring for your scalp is quite numerous. But here’s a breakdown on why you should take the care of your scalp seriously:
Visualize your scalp to be soil. When farmers need to plant, they don’t go for just any type of soil but are intentional about the type of soil and its components. When they finally bury the seed in the soil, they further get intentional with watering the soil, uprooting weeds, etc. With time, a beautiful plant is sure to grow out.
Now that we’ve established the fact that a beautiful plant would only grow out from soil that is well taken care of, that is how it is with your scalp and hair. Beautiful, healthy hair would not thrive on dirty scalp that is not cared for.
Wash your hair when it’s due for a wash and stop the postponing. Be intentional with making sure that the shampoo comes in direct contact with your scalp and use the pads of your fingers (not your nails) to gently massage.
Moisturize your scalp if necessary. You can do this by spraying water onto your scalp and then follow up with a scalp-friendly oil like jojoba oil, almond oil, argan oil or hair grease.
The last but not least on scalp health is “scalp massage”! This single act of using your fingers to massage your scalp aids blood circulation round your scalp and in turn promotes healthy hair growth. You can do this for at least two minutes before bed time.
#2. Get Serious with the Ends of your Hair.
The ends of your hair can be described as the lower part of your hair strands that are pointing away from your scalp. These parts of your hair are the oldest and weakest parts of your hair and could stop your hair from retaining length if not given extra care.
Always start every product (except shampoo) application from the ends of your hair and then work your way upwards. Practice this for all your products application except shampoo which should start from the scalp and then downwards. This simple act would massively improve the health of your natural hair.
Try to minimize how often you leave your hair to rest on your shoulders if they’re long enough to get there.
Trimming the ends of your hair is not a “hair growth booster”. The basic thing trimming does is to get rid of the ends of your hair that may be thinning out or are damaged. So trimming stops the damage from extending to the full length of your hair. Trim if needed. Never try to fix what’s not broken.
Lastly, get intentional about sleeping with satin, be it a satin bonnet, scarf or pillowcase. Your hair would be grateful!
The picture below is my current hair progress:
My name is Princess. I’m the lead content creator at Okpeke Beauty Initiative (the blog which you’re currently on). I’m also a natural hair influencer and content creator. To further connect with me, follow my instagram page @crowned.with.coils, and subscribe to my Youtube channel: Princess Njoku for insightful hair tutorials.
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