Black Hair Growth Tips
Under Constructions - I have to move these over from the old site
Get a sneak peak at my hair growth tips that I used to grow my hair. The guide includes the following but there are some tips for you below
Commitment Relaxers Never use a blow dryer again
Insanity(new) Self Relaxing How to smooth edges without gel
Patience Stretching Relaxers Best air drying methods
Open your Mind Relaxed vs. Natural Clarifying your hair
Get to know your hair Coloring your hair What is Clarifying why is it important
Start a hair regimen Clipping Ends Matting and tangling
Start a photo journal Oil vs.Grease Hair Types
Set a goal Washing your hair Vitamins Diagnosis the problem
Conditioning Essential Oils and much more
Moisture retention Protective Styles
Styling Tools Make protective styles work for you
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Hair Tips for growing long black healthy hair
When people ask me about my hair and they want tips to growing out their hair, I found that they want my hair, it's length, shine and bounce but they don't want to put the work behind it. So my first tip is Commitment!
Commitment - You will need to be committed to your goal! It's going to be work and you will have to do things that you are not accustomed to doing, but trust me ladies if you follow the tips outlined here along with using S2S products your success is inevitable!
Insanity- This is not actually a tip for hair growth but I wanted to throw this in because I receive so many e-mail questions, comments and things of the sort from ladies who would love to grow their hair. So this is more like a reality check for those of you who might be a little skeptical. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result! I'm sure many of you have heard this saying before but lets apply to our hair care practices. You keep doing the same thing, using too much heat in your hair, using the same old tired products, burning, ripping, breaking off your hair and wondering why your hair isn't long and healthy
Patience - After years of fooling around with my hair trying different products, braids, hairpieces, I ended up with a hot mess. When I finally started on my journey to healthy hair care it took me two years to obtain my current length, which is about two inches or so below my bra strap. So depending on your starting length and your goals you will be looking at a one year to two year commitment which at times can be frustrating but ladies it has been well worth the wait! And remember ladies two years will be here before you know it and you will either have longer healthier hair or you will be going around the same old maze you've been trapped in for years.
Open your Mind - ladies We need to open up our minds to different ideas and methods because let's face it, if what we have been taught and the methods we've been using worked you wouldn't be here trying to find out what you can do to take back control over your hair. Many things that I suggest and recommend may be things you've never heard of before or they may be contrary to things that as black women have been shoved down our throat for years.
Application - self-relaxing is not something that I'm pushing however, I think you should know that it is an option and something that can be done successfully with a little practice. If you are going to start doing your own relaxers just a few tips to help you get started.
Prior to starting make sure you have every thing you need in front of you so that you don't have to waste precious time looking for anything once your relaxer has been applied.
Oil your scalp in sections prior to applying your relaxer (this is so important especially for beginners).
Remember that you are working against time so having a timer or clock near by is something you should use to make sure you don't over process your hair.
Mix your relaxer with some type of oil such as olive oil (this will slow down the processing time of the relaxer and allow you more time to work until your more comfortable self relaxing).
If possible have a mirror that can be used to see the back of your head while applying in the back and nape areas.
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Protective styles - What are they and do they work? Have you ever heard of that term before? I certainly had never heard of the term "protective styles" up until about two and half years ago when I started my research on healthy hair and hair growth in African American women. The definition of a protective style is wearing your hair in any style that hides or protects the ends of your hair from clothing that could catch and rip your ends. In addition it was thought to be necessary to protect the hair ends from the air, which has been said to dry out the hair. So, some examples of protective styles would be braids, crown rows, the bun, weaves, latch hook and a ponytail. So, do they work? Well, lets look at these styles a little more closely and examine if and how we can make them work to our benefit. I personally wore braids, the latch hook and ponytails for the majority of my life, actually up until about two years ago when I started this journey. And depending on what style I wore and how long I kept it determined how much growth I would get. For the most part I wouldn't wear any style for longer than two and half months unless I was being lazy. So I would on average get anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 inches of new growth during this period. For the remainder of these steps order your hair tips now
Clipping the ends - Although I have discussed end clipping throughout several pages on the site; I wanted to also cover it here under the hair tips section because I would like make sure you understand my stance on this topic. Before we get started let me make it clear that I am not against clipping ends, a good trim is beneficial for a few reason but not the reasons we've been told for so many years. I'm not sure about you but I have heard and read so many things when it comes to clipping our ends. For instance I've read and I've been told by a few of the stylist that I highly respect that we MUST clip our ends in order for our hair to be healthy and for it to grow. I personally let the stylist clip away at my hair for years thinking that one day it would grow because I was keeping them trimmed and free from split ends. What actually happens is that in most cases the stylist are clipping ends every six to eight weeks normally when someone gets their touch up relaxer and we all know that a trim is a cut for most stylist. So if we look at this from a logical point of view we can better understand what is happening. Hair in general regardless if you are black, white, Hispanic and so on; grows on the average of 1/2 inch per month. So for all intense purposes lets say your hair grows on the average, every 4 weeks you get 1/2 inch of new growth. So, at six weeks you go in to get your touch up and by this time you've gain about 3/4 of and inch of new grow and at eight weeks you would have gained 1 inch of new growth. So you go in to get your touch up and your stylist says you need your ends clipped. Well you've only gained 3/4 to 1 inch of new hair so mostly likely depending on your stylist you will walk away with the same length of hair or maybe even shorter. They will use all kind of scare tactics that your hair will not grow or it will split and break off, so on and so forth. So now let's look at it from the S2S point of view. Order see the remainder of clipping your ends
Putting it all together -
So here you are, equipped with all the necessary tools to ensure you with success in obtaining long healthy hair. You have an actual road map so to speak, a step-by-step guide leading you at every turn. You have access to me to answer your questions, assist and encourage you. In addition, you have the best most effective hair care products available to you that were personally developed by me specifically for us.
So what are you going to do? Continue in insanity? Doing what you've always done, wondering why your hair won't gain any length? It's time to get busy!
So let's just do a recap of what we have learned.
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It took me approximately two years to grow my hair to my bra strap and going on three years working towards my waist. I want to encourage you to get started because a year from now you can have 5 - 6 inches added to your length and 10 - 12 in two years. Well, you might be thinking, that seems like such a long time away and you want it now! Well, let me just put it how my husband always tells me when I thinking about doing something but I might be slightly procrastinating. He would tell me that a year, then two years, so on and so forth is going to come and go. The only question is will you have accomplished what you set out to do. So, ladies yes, a year will come and go, but the question is will your hair be 5 - 6 inches longer or will you be at the same length you have been at for years?
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God bless you!
Happy Hair Growing!