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13 proven ways to grow super healthy hair

There's always talk about how to grow your hair faster, longer, and stronger. How about we just focus on healthier hair growth? Healthy hair growth is far more attainable than stressing over how fast or long your hair can get. Here are 13 ways to grow your hair the smart way.

1. Eat Protein Rich Foods - Your hair is made up of the protein keratin, and needs to be nourished from the inside out with a high protein diet. Great foods for hair growth are eggs, avocados, fish, carrots, and yogurt.

2. Drink Water - Moisture equals less breakage, and that includes from within your body. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, yet depending on your personal needs, you might need even more.

3. Exercise Regularly - Regular exercise, aside from the overall health benefits, improves circulation to the scalp. The better the blood flow to the hair follicles, the more improvement you'll see in your hair growth.

4. Less Shampooing - While a must for clean hair (especially if you exercise frequently), less is more when it comes to your scalp. For naturals, you definitely don't need to shampoo more than twice a month to avoid stripping the hair of natural oils.

5. More Conditioning - Conditioning improves the elasticity of the hair, making it more manageable and less prone to breakage. Be generous with the conditioner, get a bottle that's bigger than the shampoo!

6. Seal with Oils - After all your hard work, keep it safe with a light or heavy oil depending on your hair type and season. Pay particular attention to the ends, as it is the oldest part of the hair.

7. Less Manipulation - As tempting as it is, the more you pull and tug at your tresses the more likely you weaken the hair. Be delicate with your hair, opt for loose styles and wide-tooth combs. Finger detangling is also an attractive option.

8. Air Dry or Use Microfiber - If you've got the time, maybe on the weekend, let your hair air dry. If this isn't an option, use a microfiber towel or blow dry with low heat. No heat is even better, and using cold air will seal in the moisture rather than pull it from your strands.

9. Trim Splits and Knots - Here's a secret - too many trims don't actually help your hair grow. The most important times to cut your hair are when you see split ends or single strand knots.

10. Use Satin - Unlike cotton, which absorbs moisture from the hair, satin lets the hair glide along its surface and retain softness. Opt for satin scrunchies and satin hats to style your hair as they are gentler on your strands.

11. Avoid Heat Styling - Heat damage is irreversible, and may not be worth that cute style you were going for if done improperly. If you must heat style, keep it to a low setting and do so infrequently.

12. Wrap Up at Night - If you aren't sleeping on a satin pillow or using a satin pillowcase, then rest easy with a satin-lined cap or satin scarf instead.
 
13. Don't Stress It! - Taking care of your hair should be a priority, yet don't stress hair growth too much. It is a long process for some and requires patience with yourself and your hair.

 

 

Comments

YVONNE VARNER

YVONNE VARNER said:

As A Natural stylist these tips are very healthful.

Raynette Gill

Raynette Gill said:

The item #4 as to less shampooing needs to be clarified because many may assume that no shampooing means no rinsing the hair at all.

You would never not wash your body twice month, so do not advise to not wash your hair. I am a natural and I find that to be unclean and offensive. Therefore, the wording should be modified.

Velicia W.

Velicia W. said:

Wearing a silk lined scarf/cap, has been paramount to stopping breakage. A major part of growing strong & healthy hair.

Emilia Cruz

Emilia Cruz said:

Thank you for sharing

Mrs. Loretta

Mrs. Loretta said:

Thanks for your tips to help us!

Consider this point: I’ve always been taught that washing your hair at least weekly is essential to ensure proper scalp cleansing; whether washing/ conditionering and moisturizering professionally or individually your self. I agree with the comment above…you wouldn’t wash your body only twice monthly… will maybe——but not me!

Satin coverings on your head are a most. I have stopped shedding since I sleep in satin! Even satin sleep wear is so refreshing ?

Katrina James

Katrina James said:

When I read “shampoo twice a month” I was a shocked too? But then I remembered as a kid, my mom washed my natural hair “twice a month” LOL! I had hair down my back then!

Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson said:

Thank you very good tips

Roselle Jones

Roselle Jones said:

Thanks for the tips. I will be sure to experiment with them.

Shirley R

Shirley R said:

In my opinion, the natural hair community seems to go too deep with the do’s and don’t there’s no set rules for cleansing the hair growing from your scalp, some can go a month without cleansing some a week or two it’s your preference. Hair cleansing and body cleansing or two different things no comparison what so ever. I’ve been natural all my life 58 years. Number four was only a suggestion.

Doris K

Doris K said:

I love your curls.

Tina Garnet

Tina Garnet said:

Congratulations with your magazine and much success now and in the future. I can agree to disagree with the twice a month shampoo. Your head and body need bathing, showering, or sink washing on a regular basis. And as you lotion or grease your skin when washed, your scalp is skin and pores (follicles scalp-wise) and can be moisturized too with lotion or hair grease massaged and brushed out to through to the ends. No need to walk around with stinky hair when you look like a diva but your hair smells dirty. And ladies learn to do your own hair in between appointments. People judge your hygeine and self-worth just like you look them up and down. First impressions matter before they get to know you. Your hair may look good but if it is stanky? Hair and perspiration does not mix, on top of smog and other odars like cigarette smoke and kitchen cooking odors and bbq picnic odors. Fresh clean hair is an aphrodesiac too. Who wants to romance stanky hair? Notice the word was ROMANCE. But more important is what you think about yourself and what you think is right for you personally. There is no right or wrong…just what works for you. Different strokes for different strokes. Just keep your head up and strut. Sistas stop hating on each other and unify. Stay beautiful in your own skin and hair. Have a Great Day Ladies. And bless the woman who gave us this magazine.

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