A very warm welcome back to the Jostylin blog. No doubt if you are reading this your primary question is ‘what is the best natural hair growth regimen? Like many others, your aim is to grow long healthy natural hair. However, Afro hair doesn’t come without its perks, hence why it is important to have an effective daily natural hair care regime. What influences Afro hair growth and hair loss is the health of the hair follicle. Hair follicles need nutrients to grow strong, healthy hair strands. When the body doesn’t get enough nutrients, non-essential parts like hair and nails are the first parts of the body to be affected. It is important to get a healthy, balanced diet or take a hair growth supplement. In addition to a daily hair care routine, we recommend using the best natural hair products for your hair type. Below is my daily care routine for hair growth and healthy hair. When you have finished reading this, also check out my write up on how to make a leave in conditioner hair cream for natural hair growth. And, for all your hair growth queries, check out my article on How to Grow Natural 4C Afro Hair Fast. Just pin the articles on your bookmarks so you can read the, later. Don’t forget to visit the hair shop by clicking the image below. You can find a range of luscious hair products to maintain and grow healthy hair.
Does moisture grow hair? That is a tricky one to answer. Moisture does not directly impact hair growth, however, keeping hair hydrated with plenty of moisture makes it less susceptible to breakage. Less breakage means healthier hair that encourages faster hair growth. So, my advice is to prepare a night time solution of water mixed with some leave-in conditioner and apply it to your hair before bedtime. If you have very dry scalp, add 3 drops of Rosemary essential oil to that solution. Rosemary oil is often celebrated as a miracle hair growth oil. It’s generally thought that the naturally active ingredients in rosemary can help block some of the causes of baldness. There is increasing scientific evidence that rosemary oil can help boost hair growth. I now use my natural hair growth oil every couple of nights on my scalp. You can purchase it by clicking here.
If your hair is dry beyond words, you can supply the additional oil your hair needs using high-quality organic oils. Since it takes time for the scalps natural oils to make its way from the root of your hair to the ends, supplying your hair with extra oils is a good idea to keep your hair well nourished. However, be sure to wash any product build up from your hair on your weekly basis to avoid pores getting clogged up. Castor oil, one of the best oils to grow natural hair fast, comes from the castor plant, Ricinus communis, which commonly grows in tropical regions. Castor oil carries ricinoleic acid and omega- 6 essential fatty acids, which accelerate blood circulation to the scalp, hence increasing hair growth. It works on nourishing the scalp and strengthening the roots with the help of essential nutrients.
Taking proper care of hair moisture is paramount, especially during the night when hair is exposed to air, and fabrics. Another effective way to ensure your hair is protected is to wear it in a protective style such braids or twists. This will ensure that the right amount of moisture will stay locked in your hair as you sleep, to keep your afro hair healthy, moisturised and frizz free. Protective styles are great, as they can also be worn out if you want to let your hair down and have fun later at night. During the night, it is a good idea to choose a comfortable protective hairstyle such as braids or twists. This will ensure you will get a good nights rest and you won’t have to keep tugging at your hair for extra comfort. Avoid using extensions when braiding or twisting your hair as the weight can cause pulling of the scalp, hence further breakage. I understand that in certain situations, using extensions can’t be avoided especially if your natural hair is not long enough to braid. In such cases, you should always aim to have more natural hair than artificial hair within each braid. This will ensure that the artificial is not too heavy, avoiding any pulling effect that causes damage. If you have chosen to opt for heavier braided styles such as Marley braids or box braids, use the ‘pineapple wrap’ method to keep them up and away from your back and pillow.
Eleven years ago when I first started growing my natural hair, I used to wear a satin bonnet every night without fail. My satin bonnet was infused with Aloe Vera gel, and I would make sure my hair was slightly damp and well nourished with a mix of leave in conditioner and water. I attribute this nighttime routine along with my constant moisturising with Hemp oil, to be the primary reasons my hair grew very fast during the first two years of being natural. To avoid constant dryness of hair caused by over exposure to harsh environmental factors, make sure you wrap your hair at night. You can try the Fulani Silk Scarf Method or simply use a regular satin bonnet. This aids with moisture retention and since you cannot do this all the time during the day, you can always wear a scarf during the night. A satin or silk scarf is recommended as they do not absorb oil like other fabrics. You can also use a silky pillowcase to avoid oil getting sucked out of your hair while you sleep. You can purchase satin bonnets at most Afro hair shops. However, if you live in an area where Afro hair stores are not common, you can easily make your own bonnet or wrap your hair with a simple silk scarf. Watch the Fulani Silk Scarf Method:
Massaging your scalp helps improve circulation and hence stimulates hair growth, and you only need to do it for about five minutes daily to see results. Put the hot oil on your hair and comb it through to ensure even distribution and reduce breakage during shampooing. Just rub your fingers on your scalp in a circular motion, applying gentle pressure and kneading occasionally to open up the blood vessels and increase blood flow. Massaging can also be combined with a hot oil treatment once or twice a week. Another popular tip is to flip your hair upside down for two to four minutes daily. Also try to add some liquid vitamins in your mixture. This will ensure your hair gets all the good nutrients. Please visit my article on the best hot oil treatment for natural hair growth.
When growing hair, consider the following tips for your natural hair regime: Water only washing, avoiding frequent use of hairbands, consuming foods rich in protein.
Your hair needs moisture, not just any old moisture, it needs water frequently. The best way to understand the importance of ‘water moisturising’ is to envision your hair as if it were a plant. Plants need regular watering and you wouldn’t substitute water for a hair cream to feed a plant right? Washing hair doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to shampoo your hair. It simply means that you are supplying your hair with the required amount of moisture it needs, along with getting rid of old product build up. I do not recommend to shampoo your hair more than once a week as the more you shampoo, the more oil your scalp will produce oils to compensate for having its natural oils stripped so often, which leads to more washing. If you are stuck in this shampoo cycle, you can break it by opting for a Sulphate free Shampoo for Afro hair, however, if you are on a budget washing hair with essential oils and water is just as effective.
One of the biggest hair debates is whether wearing hair bands damage hair. I personally feel that as long as your hairband is not tightly pulled on the hair, it should be okay to wear it. You should also try to avoid using rubber bands, as they often cause breakage of hair. Opt for a softer hairband made from satin or silky fabrics. A hairband or bun hairstyle that is pulled back too tightly can cause tension on localized points on the scalp – depending on the position of the bun. This is especially true in cases where you twist your hair up into a bun which weighs heavily on your head. Often you can immediately feel points where the hair along the forward edge of the face becomes taut as the weight of the bun rests on these points.
Since a hair shaft is 80 percent protein, opt for protein-rich foods, as well as plenty of fruit and vegetables. Food that helps with the growth of your hair should be consumed more. Vitamin C is vital for stronger hair and a deficiency in Vitamin C causes hair breakage. Blueberries are a great source of Vitamin C, so we advise consuming more of them. Greek yoghurts and eggs are great sources of protein which are well known to enhance hair strands. For healthy hair follicles, opt for foods that are rich in omega3-fatty acid and protein such as salmon and avocado. For more information on vitamins, read my article on the best vitamins to grow natural hair.
Does trimming hair make it grow faster? This is a very popular question and here is my opinion. Hair growth rate is unaffected by regular haircuts, However, how you treat your hair can affect how thick and healthy it looks. It’s no secret that damaged hair tends to slow down the natural growth process of your hair. When you start noticing that your hair is getting constantly dry, it may be time for a serious trim. Although it makes your hair shorter, it removes dead ends and improves the overall health and vitality of your hair. All the hair experts agree that trims are important for encouraging hair growth. Be sure to trim your hair once a month, which is an effective way to keep split ends at bay.
Try creating some delicious homemade deep conditioners that your hair will love. You should aim to apply a deep conditioner on your hair at least every 2 weeks. If your hair is damages, aim for every week. Visit my articles on homemade leave in conditioner recipes and homemade deep conditioner recipes to help grow your natural hair past its terminal length and keep your hair in healthy condition.
Opt for hair products that contain higher oleic acid and shea butter. To find out if the Jostylin products will work best for your hair type, check out my hair on the best natural hair products for black hair growth.
Choose the well known herbs to add to your regimen. For help on which essential oils can grow your hair faster and healthier, check out my articles:
On Jostylin, we have man blog articles to help with naural hair care. We also stock a range of natural hair products for 4b & 4c hair. As my hair products are catered mainly for 4B/C, I have opted to use thicker oils such as Moringa oil and Castor oil. To find out if the Jostylin products will work best for your hair type, check out my hair on the best natural hair products for black hair growth.
As a 10 year natural hair enthusiast & blogger, I love learning more about the science of hair, so as to help other women overcome their hair woes. Follow & subscribe for more knowledge on how to grow your natural hair.