When individuals complain about their afro hair growth, it shows that they are frustrated that their hair isn't growing longer. Simply put, their hair isn't retaining length as its ends are breaking as quickly as it grows, meaning no visible growth.
Hair breakage occurs when the cuticle (the outer layer of your hair) is destroyed, which diminishes the strength of your hair. Fortunately, if you have this problem, you are not alone. Here are our top seven tips that have helped us grow and keep stronger, longer afro hair.
Keeping A Balanced Diet Coupled With Drinking Water Regularly
If your food is unhealthy or restrictive, your hair will not get the nutrients it needs to grow. Adopting a balanced diet means that you have at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. For example, spinach and broccoli are excellent sources of vitamin A which can promote a healthy scalp.
These foods also contain vitamin C, which encourages hair growth as it allows your body to absorb iron which results in the transportation of oxygen to your hair follicles. You should also consume foods like eggs, fish, almonds and wholegrain, all rich in protein.
Eating foods like this can help your body produce amino acids, which produces keratin, which your hair is made from. In addition, you should also drink 2 litres or eight glasses of water per day for healthy hair growth.
Say Yes To Protective Styles
Whether you opt for wigs, weaves, twists, or braids, a protective style will encourage you to keep your hair tucked away, moisturised and protected. In addition, these types of styles can minimise the damage caused by harsh weather conditions and reduces friction.
To keep your hair growing longer while in a protective style, spray our Everyday Refresh With Coconut and Jamaican Black Castor Oils on your hair to enhance curl definition daily and prevent breakage.
Keep Moisture In Your Afro Hair At All Times
When your hair is dry it breaks easily and is less likely to grow longer. So make keeping the moisture in your afro hair a priority by using natural ingredients to keep your hair hydrated. For example, our products use rosewater to reduce frizz, add shine, and help with scalp issues.
In addition, our leave-in conditioner uses manuka honey which is ideal for treating split ends and can prevent hair loss, meaning you get stronger, longer hair. This mixture also contains avocado oil which also has moisturising properties.
Look After Your Edges
While trimming your natural hair won't automatically help it grow, you must get rid of split ends to have a healthier hair journey. If you leave split ends on your hair for too long, they can cause further splits into your strands, hindering length retention.
Establish A Regular Routine
You can achieve any result if you are consistent, and this remains the same for hair growth. To reduce breakage and increase the likelihood of longer hair, you need to create a routine of cleansing and conditioning your hair every 7-10 days.
After this routine, try our Curling Creme With Coconut And Jamaican Black Castor Oils which can style hair into curls, waves, braids, and twists but won't reduce the definition of your tresses.
Keep Your Afro Hair Protected At Night
Remember to use a satin bonnet or scarf, or a satin pillowcase for when you sleep at night. Avoid using cotton pillowcases as this absorbs moisture and will generate a lot of friction when asleep, leading to breakage.
Avoid Chemical Treatments
When you use chemicals on your natural hair, they can alter your hair's natural curl pattern or penetrate its cuticle to remove colour, which can cause hair damage and breakage. This is why you should avoid chemical treatments like bleaching, perming or relaxing your hair.
Don't focus on trying to grow your afro hair fast. Instead, you need to spend this time protecting your hair from breakage caused by factors such as a poor diet, inconsistent hair care routine, or excessive use of chemical treatments. Our tips will help you get started on your journey towards healthier, natural hair.