How To Grow Long Natural Hair

Does type 4 hair grow? This is a question that I think most women with type 4 hair have asked themselves, focus particularly on those with type 4B/C hair. The simple answer to this question is yes, it does grow. The secret to growing long natural hair is that there really is no secret to it! All you need to have is a consistent hair regimen and the rest will follow through.

Water

Water assists in providing hair growth. Be it through consumption or by washing our hair using it. I advise you to consume at least 3 litres of water in a day (about 1 gallon) to see some decent hair growth. Why does consuming water assist in hair growth? If we do not drink enough water, then we become dehydrated. Dehydration also has a negative impact on our hair as it will contribute to hair thinning. So, by drinking enough water, you help strengthen your hair.

Water also plays a vital role in cleansing our hair when we wash using it. It is super hydrating when it comes in to contact with our hair especially when our hair is dry. When it comes to detangling, the process will be much more manageable as our hair will be wet.

Eating well

It’s interesting how having a balanced diet does not only help contribute to a healthy mind and body but also our hair as well. I think when I began living a healthier lifestyle by mostly consuming whole food (fruits, vegetables, meat) I started seeing the positive effects of this lifestyle change on my hair too. My hair became a lot darker, grew longer (obviously), became thicker and felt less dry. If you stay consistent with these eating habits, not only will your body thank you but so will your mind, skin and hair!

Protective hairstyles

A protective hairstyle is any hairstyle that will keep and protect your ends from anything that can harm it in terms of environmental factors or chemical factors. When you constantly comb your hair, detangle it and blow dry it, you are slowly contributing to unnecessary hair loss. When we do protective hairstyles, we help give our hair a much needed break from the continuous hair manipulation. So, what sorts of hairstyles are considered as protective hairstyles? Low manipulation hairstyles are those that can be done on a daily basis using just your natural hair. Some of the most popular hairstyles are twists, wigs, cornrows, bantu knots and buns to name a few.

Moisturize

Type 4 hair is considered to be the driest of all hair types. As a result, our hair requires a whole lot of moisture. What can we use to moisturize our hair? Simple, hair moisturizers, conditioners, hair creams, hair butters and oils. It’s important to take note that different products will provide different results from person to person. This is due to the fact that although we might have similar hair types, our hair textures might not necessarily be similar. This is where hair porosity comes in (topic for another day).

A well-known method of moisturising ones hair is using the L.O.C method. This acronym stands for Liquid (leave in), Oil and Cream method. How this method works is that we hydrate our hair with liquid in the form of water then seal all that liquid generated from the water with some oil and then lastly applying some form of cream to provide our hair cuticles with much needed protection and prevention from moisture loss.

Wash day routine

A full wash day routine takes time. You need to allocate a significant amount of time in your day for this. How often should one wash their hair? This depends on a number of factors such as how much products you use, whether your hair is prone to dandruff, whether you suffer from dry and brittle hair… I personally wash my hair once a week or after every 2 weeks depending on whether I’m wearing my hair in a protective hairstyle or not and this wash day routine seems to be working well for me.

So what does a full wash day routine consist of?

Prepooing

This is the stage of applying some oil onto your hair before shampooing to protect it from the harshness that might be incurred while shampooing.

Shampooing

This is the process of thoroughly washing your hair to remove dirt that has been built up. Shampooing should be done with great caution because it tends to leave our hair dry hence why I normally shampoo once a month.

Conditioning

This is normally done after shampooing to assist in a thorough rinse to form a coat that will leave hair looking and feeling smoother.

Deep conditioning

This is done after conditioning. With normal conditioners, we rinse off the product after our immediate washes but with deep conditioners, we rinse out the product after a couple of minutes. I normally wait between 20-30 minutes. Deep conditioners relatively work the same as conditioners, except that deep conditioners penetrate our scalps more leaving our hair healthier and stronger.

Leave in conditioners

These are applied after the whole wash day routine. Leave in’s assists in providing moisture to our hair while also taming frizz and detangling our hair in the process.

Thank you for reading Part 1 on How to Grow Long Natural Hair. Part 2 will be up soon.

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Until then, stay naturally you.

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