There are some myths about natural hair we often hear, and the most common myth is that natural hair does not grow faster. Maybe natural hair takes more time to grow but it is not that much impossible to make it grow faster. Moreover, it is tough to notice the hair growth of natural African hair for its extreme kinkiness. If you are an African or have 4(a,b,c) hair type then you know the trouble of growing natural hair. Sometimes we damage our natural hair with iron or chemicals when we try to straighten it. But this makes hair weak and slow hair growth.
Before you start to learn how to make hair grow faster, it is helpful to first figure out how quickly it naturally grows so we can understand what to expect. A study of U.S Center for Disease Control states that hair grows at an average of 0.50 inches (1.25cm) per month. This means an average person can grow 6 inches of hair per year. But the speed of hair grow depends on both genetics and the shape of your follicles – Asian hair is on average the thickest and most coarse hair compared to Caucasian and African hair. Does hair grow at 0.50 inches on average per month which sounds like a lot, right? So why does it never feel like it? Over-styling, bad diet habit and taking less care of your hair can result in split ends and breakages which does not increase the length of your hair.
In this article, you will learn a few steps about growing hair faster. All you need to know about is the proper way to hair washing, moisturizing, and some hair treatments.
Eat protein and biotin-rich foods. Biotin is also known as Vitamin H, forms a part of the B-complex group of vitamins that help turn food into fuel for energy.
Hair starts to grow from the root of the follicle which is made up of cells of protein. To make the growth of faster, you need to eat a diet rich in both Biotin and protein to facilitate the building blocks of protein.
One should take 30 micrograms Biotin one day, which you can take from a supplement. You also can eat foods that are naturally high in Biotin. This has many other body-boosting benefits too, such as stronger nails and eyelashes.
The list of Biotin and protein-rich foods which will help to grow hair:
- Almonds, Peanuts, Pecans, and Walnuts
- Milk and Cheese
- Pork and Cooked Liver
- Salmon and Sardines
- Cauliflower Almonds
Pre-shampoo is a type of conditioning treatment that is applied to hair before using the actual shampoo. It makes a coat over hair strands. It helps to protect the hair from getting too dry and breaking. It also creates a protective layer from the harsh ingredients of the shampoo. After washing your hair with a shampoo, it will feel soft and smooth. You can make your pre-shampoo at home using a protein-based conditioner and organic oil. However, it is easier to buy a ready-made treatment. Always carefully follow the instructions on the label. Many women don’t use a pre-shampoo but it is something that everyone should be doing.
- TRESemme Expert Selection Pre-Shampoo. This comes with an excellent 16.5 oz pre-wash conditioner and a big 25 oz shampoo.
- Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo. This pre-shampoo replenishes your hair’s nutrients. Both of these products are amazing.
African hair gets brittle and damages easily. Most shampoos on the market are harmful due to their harsh ingredients which are not suitable for any kind of hair, especially African hair. You need to be careful about using the right shampoo. Use sulfate-free shampoos. Sulfates make your hair frizzy and dry out. This is especially bad for African hair which is already brittle enough. You have to avoid this extra harshness at all cost. Additionally, try to find out shampoos with organic oils. These oils help to protect your hair from damaging and make it soft and smooth. Jojoba oil and argan oil are great if you are looking it in a shampoo. Make sure they are organic oils.
Washing your hair will wash away some of its natural oils. It leaves hair like at risk of breakage and split ends. Use a conditioner to get back it in shape. It helps restore oils and moisture to your hair and also nourish it. Conditioner makes your hair soft. When you are shopping for a conditioner buy one explicitly designed for dry or African hair.
There are regular conditioners and deep conditioners. The regular conditioner is much lighter and designed for use after washing your hair. It mostly touches the surface of the hair. A deep conditioner goes deep into the hair and helps to nourish it from the bottom up. Thus, it is heavier and sticks more to the hair and scalp. You need to do a deep conditioning treatment once a week.
Moisturize Your hair
One of the best things you can do to your hair is keeping it moisturized. Having perfect moisture encourages fast growth and protects hair from breakage and split ends. Additionally, it makes the hair looking bright and feeling soft. Before buying expensive moisturizes make sure that you are already moisturizing the natural way; drinking enough water. Try to moisturize your hair every day. This ensures that your hair is always perfectly hydrated. Olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, and pure shea butter are some of the best ingredients for black hair moisturizers.
Trim Hair Ends
Every two to three months you should trim your hair. You can get rid of any split ends allowing your hair to continue growing correctly without any damage. When you are trimming you only need to cut 1/2 inches. To keep your ends in excellent condition, use protective hairstyles such as bans and not-so-tight braids. Wrap your hair with a silk scarf before sleeping it will prevent from hair damage. These little changes will help a lot.
Protein Treatments and Vitamin Supplements
Protein treatments help to speed up hair growth by nourishing it and making it stronger. There are various types of protein treatments for different hair types. Protein packs are for people who have slight hair damage. Deep hair treatments are best for severely damaged hair. Deep conditioning works best for them.
Vitamin supplements keep hair healthy, strong and fast-growing. If you supply your body with what it needs it will start to grow strong healthy hair.
By following these steps you can grow your hair faster. Always try to avoid any kind of hair chemicals, iron or blow dryers, eat healthy food and drink water and fresh juice.