Friday, 23 March 2012

How to grow african hair long.

Starting a healthy hair journey...
1. Start with a Fresh trim

Understand that the lifeless,thin, brittle & split ends have to be cut.There is no whatsoever way to revive these just get rid of them and start taking care of your new healthy ends.You might prefer to get this done by a stylist because someone else can´t easily see the extent of the damage.



2. Document your starting length.

You might find it helpful to take pictures of your starting length or just put it down on a journal with dates indicated.You can also use a tape measure from your hairline down to your ends and just record that.This will be handy when you need to check your progress during your HHJ.(its often best to wear a snug fittin white top to take the picture in)

3. Create a Regimen/routine

This is simply a systematic plan of everything you are going to do to Get to your healthy hair goal.
Keep your regimen very simple and easy to follow.I would advice you to stick to whatever works for you...it doesn't have to be expensive as long as it works for your hair.

Below is a list of things you have to get for your regimen:
  • Moisturizer
  • Natural oil
  • Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Protein conditioner
  • Leave-in Conditioner
  • Moisturizing shampoo
  • Clarifying shampoo
  • wide tooth comb
  • satin or silk scarf/Bonnet
You need only one of each to get started!!!!!
A simple Regimen you can follow:
  1. Wash your hair atleast weekly using a moisturizing shampoo(Preferably sulphates & Alcohol free)
  2. Deep Condition with a moisturizing conditioner weekly after you have shampoo-ed.
  3. Deep condition with a protein conditioner 1x or 2x in two weeks or Whenever the hair feels very limp, mushy, overly soft,too stretchy.
  4. Always follow up every wash with your leave-conditioner.(Some moisturizing conditioners can be applied in smaller quantities as leave-ins..check labels)
  5. Try airdrying your hair as much as you can.You can use a microfibre towel or old t-shirt to just blot the excess then let it dry on its own..If you have to use heat, (blow dry or set), use a heat protectant serum or even blow dry on cool air this works too!!
  6. Moisturize your hair with a water-rich moisturizer/hair lotion 1x/2x everyday and follow up with your natural oil to seal the moisture (this locks the moisture into your hair and prevents evaporation).click here for a video of how to do Moisturize & seal.
  7. Always wear you satin scarf/bonnet to bed as moisture doesn't sip through satin material.
  8. You'll only need to use your clarifying shampoo monthly to get rid of any product build-up.
  9. finger comb most of the time and use your wide tooth comb when you need to comb.
  10. learn to comb your hair from the ends upwards, this decreases tangles, hence minimising breakage.
  11. For those who are relaxed try to get touch ups 8-10 weeks apart and not less!
Other Survival tips:
  • Limit the use of direct heat.
  • Wear protective styles more often than not.
  • Know the difference between breaking and shedding
  • Keep away stylists who do not value your hair.It might be handy to carry your own products when you do go to  the salon! 
  • Don´t be scared to speak up if your stylist does your hair too tight or uses too much heat on your hair. know exactly what they are putting in your hair, your hair will thank you for it.
Healthy hair journey african queens!!cant wait to see your progress..

1 comment:

  1. where can i get a satin scarf?If possible,post an image of the scarf.Thank you

    ReplyDelete

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