There are no shortcuts to growing luscious, long African hair. On average, hair grows about a half an inch per month. Your general health, well-being, and genetic factors affect your rate of hair growth. You can encourage hair growth by maintaining healthy hair through a good diet and proper hair care. Certain herbs can help make your hair grow faster, too.
1. Trim It.
Although getting regular trims to snip splits won’t make your hair actually grow faster, it will keep tips looking healthy and prevent splits from working their way up strands, requiring you to chop hair off more often. If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims.
2. Protect It.
Heat styling can fry your hair and keep it from growing long and strong. Go for an iconic blow-dryer instead of a normal one. They’re more powerful so they reduce styling time, which minimizes heat damage. When using hot tools, coat strands with a protective styler, like a blow-dry lotion, before you turn up the heat.
3. Pamper You Scalp.
Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells grow on your scalp make it hard for new hair growth to come through. Massage your scalp with your fingers every time you shampoo to get the gunk out.
4. Don’t Wrap Your Hair In A Massive Towel.
It causes so much breakage. Your hair gets caught in all the woven fibers and since most women almost always wrap it too tight around their face, all those tiny, fragile strands around your face are more prone to break. Opt for the super-thin and soft microfiber hair towels instead.
5. Do A Cold-Water Rinse At The End Of Each Shower.
This really does help to grow hair and keep long hair healthy for longer. Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags and heat damage, you only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step over time can make a huge difference.
6. Stop Abusing It With Heat Styling Tools.
The biggest culprit that’s ruining your hair: damage from hot tools, so by all means stop over-styling your hair If you must use heat, decrease the temperature and always using a heat protectant otherwise, you risk damaging your locks, leading to breakage and frizz.
7. Skip The Daily Shampoo.
Good news, your hair care routine just got a whole lot simpler. Not shampooing your hair daily allows your natural oils to penetrate your hair, allowing it to hydrate and repair itself. But just be sure not to let too much buildup occur because this can lead to a surplus of oil, itching, and dandruff.
8. Eat The Right Foods.
Having long, strong hair doesn’t just depend on which products you put on your hair, it also depends on what you put into your body. To promote hair growth, you need to ‘feed’ the hair from the inside. Try increasing your protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole gains.
9. Pay Attention To How Your Skin Feels After Using Hair Care Products.
It’s easy to see shiny locks initially and assume a product is working for you. What the formula is doing to your skin is generally what it’s doing to your hair. If it make your skin feel dry, stripped, heavy, waxy, sticky, or greasy, then change it. Treat your hair the way you would treat your skin.
10. Massage Your Scalp.
Massaging promotes blood flow to the scalp, which in turn stimulates the hair follicles. In addition, deep condition your hair once a week with a hot oil treatment or deep conditioning hair mask. Apply the oil (preferably warm) or conditioner to your hair, then gently rub your fingers on your scalp in a circular motion for three to five minutes and rinse the oil or conditioner out of your hair.