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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hair. Article: Black Hair & How To Grow It.

There is something about being an African-American and talking about the story of our hair.  Chris Rock exposed our hair secrets wide open in his latest movie Good Hair where he talked about the infamous relaxer, the wigs, the weaves, the braids, and every extension in between.  We see this endless amount of fake hair on nearly every African-American actress or singer.  It's so popular, we can go into nearly any hair store and purchase the length we want, the color we want, and the texture we want.  But what about our real hair underneath all of our purchases?  What do we do with our real hair?  Can it even grow to the lengths of our weaves and the looks we see on t.v.?

The answer is a BIG YES!
Yes, you can grow your hair longer than your shoulders! Yes, you can achieve lengths that you never thought could be possible!  Having your real hair to your brastrap and beyond is absolutely possible.  But how do you do it?  Is it a miracle cream or some kind of new product on the market?  The person writing this article must have that good hair.  You know the kind.  The kind that has a nice curl patter and is easy to comb.  The answer is no. No, it's not a miracle cream or a new product and no, the author's hair has never been considered in the category of good hair.  She is still on her hair journey that started in April 2007.  Her hair was cut to right above her shoulders that April and 3 years later, her hair is hitting her brastrap (to view her pictures, go to the Hair Page).  So what's the secret?

The secret is incorporating a few changes to your regimen, adding some new rules, commitment and a lot of patience.  Here are the basics of what you need to know to achieve the length you want.

  1. Balance your hair evenly with moisture and protein so it won't break off.  Your hair grows 1/2 inch every month. In order to achieve the length you want, you will need to preserve your ends.  Your ends are the most fragile and the oldest part of your strand.  In order to do this, you will need to balance your hair evenly with protein and moisture.  This will help your hair to not break and to become stronger. Start balancing your hair by viewing the Product Review page on a list of shampoos and conditioners that have either a moisturizer or protein.
  2. Moisturizing and sealing it into your hair is key.  Shiny hair does not equal moisturized hair.  The tighter your curl pattern, the drier your hair becomes.  This is why endless oils and hair creams have been in our hair story since we can remember.  Again, hair sheen and shine serums are NOT moisturizing, but actually are rather drying to your hair. The drying agent to avoid on the ingredient list is SD Alcohol.  The secret is to moisturize your hair and then to seal it everyday with a light oil.  Sealing the moisture in your hair is key.  View the Product Review section on the favorites on good moisturizers and sealants.
  3. Limit your relaxers.  We all were brought up with the rule.  Right when you see new growth, around every six to eight weeks, it's time to get a relaxer.  The result?  Thin, see-through, lifeless hair that is probably brittle and breaking.  The fact is we're scared of our natural texture.  That's another article, but the secret is to minimize how many times you get a relaxer.  Start small.  Maybe wait eight week's before you get your next one.  Then ten.  Then twelve.  Before you know it, challenge yourself to go as long as three months or longer.  You'll know your hair's limit on this, but it is an almost guarantee that you will begin to see stronger and thicker hair.  Not to mention an increasing amount of length if you do this.  There will be great ideas on styling when you are in between your relaxers so don't worry.  Ideas will be posted in the future.
  4. Minimal to no direct heat.  This one's a little hard, but if you commit to this rule, you will see your hair flourish.  If you don't, you will see your hair dry, damaged, and breaking.  Direct means limiting curling irons, flat irons, and blow driers.  The heat that is considered good heat is a hooded drier or indirect heat.  This heat is great for deep conditioning and roller sets.    
  5. Deep Conditioning.  Every time you wash, you should deep condition.  View the Product Review for more on great deep conditioners.
  6. Commit and Be Patient!  
  7. Take Pictures and Document Your Progress.  Every time you get a relaxer, take a picture of your progress.  This will help you to stay on track.  There will be days when you feel your hair isn't growing.  Just take a look at all the pictures you've taken on your progress and you will be surprised to see the growth again.  This will help to keep you on track!
A great author on hair education is Audrey Sivasothy.  She has incredible knowledge and very useful information.  Check out her profile and many articles here.

So now that you've read the rules, are you ready to have beautiful, long hair?  If you'd like a personal consultation and start your journey, feel free to email me.  Just press the Contact Me button.

Copyright 2010 Lori Moore.  All Rights Reserved.

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