Do you prefer bone straight hair? Do you feel like you are admired for your different straight looks? Would you like your tresses longer? If so, this article on growing relaxed hair is for you.
Before you begin your chemically treated journey you have to be committed patience.
Nothing happens overnight. You also have to respect those who are a part of the natural hair movement. Everyone has a right to choose which direction is best for them. Personally, I have been on both sides of the fence and have managed to have long, thick, healthy hair whether natural or chemically processed.
What I have found to be the culprit of hair damage is not the chemicals, but all of the heat styling tools needed to keep your hair straight and silky. Actually, there is a range of things you should be doing or not doing daily and weekly until growing relaxed hair becomes a habit. Just remember, relaxers aren’t necessarily the enemy of long, hair and you can grow your locks to the lengths you desire if you put in a little work and be patient.
Let’s review what many women growing relaxed hair consider to be the most important tips to keep in mind. However, please remember these are just “tips,” so you might need to pick and choose what is best for your hair type.
For instance, if certain shampoos work for you, keep those and discard the rest. Your hair journey is about having soft, silky, beautiful hair and different products work for different people because we are all unique.
Growing Relaxed Hair
Check out the video below for a relaxed hair care regimen that will grow long, healthy hair fast. This step-by-step tutorial is 13 minutes long, but if you are serious about growing relaxed hair you will want to watch the entire video to learn about THE BEST:
- Sulfate Free Shampoo
- Deep Moisturizing Conditioner
- Protein Treatments & Conditioners
- Leave-In Conditioners
Video Courtesy of SoFreshDyamond
Growing Relaxed Hair: Don’t Over Process
Relaxed hair is only as good as the processing of it. If you are overdoing the process and applying chemicals for too long, the results are going to be mediocre to say the least. Avoid this by timing your application and being reasonable with how long you keep the chemicals in your hair.
For years, many of us stuck with the prescribed every six weeks get a fresh perm. Nowadays, to keep your hair healthier, it is a more common practice to stretch your relaxers since relaxing too often can break your hair. In the past, you might have permed your hair 8 or 9 times a year. Why not try and get that number to 5 or 6 times a year? Some ladies have even opted to process their hair about three times per year.
Growing Relaxed Hair: Protect It At Night
A lot of hair concerns come from not protecting your hair follicles at night when they are most prone to breakage and falling out. If you are worried about growth, you need to protect your hair at all cost. Cover your hair up before going to sleep, so that when you wake up in the morning your hair is smooth and frizz-free.
What you will need:
- Satin Scarf
- Bobby pins
- Hair Serum
Place a small amount of hair serum in your hand and rub slightly then run it through your hair from roots to hair ends. Either use a brush or a wide tooth comb to wrap your hair in a circular motion around your head. Use the bobby pins to keep your hair in place. Finally, wrap the satin scarf around your head.
If you tend to sweat a lot, wrapping your hair this way will keep your hair from matting and tangling during the night.
Growing Relaxed Hair: Drink Plenty Of H2O – Water Is Life
Want to seriously grow your hair? Crank up your water consumption. Yep, that’s right…water, ladies, is essential for hair growth. Each day drink plenty of that water if you want soft, luscious hair. So, how do you get healthy hair from the inside out?
According to the Hair Boutique, “Water makes up approximately one fourth of the weight of a strand of hair and when hair has the proper amount of water, it will respond by being supple, and shiny. Drink a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses (8 ounce serving) of water a day to get gleaming healthy tresses.”
Growing Relaxed Hair: Hair Growth Oils
There is no doubt about it oils will boost hair health. How and why do these natural hair growth oils benefit black women? Well, concentrated oils are extracted from nature – seeds, flowers, leaves, stems and bark and roots.
Natures oils promote hair growth, prevent hair thinning, nourish your roots and hair ends. In addition, they treat dandruff problems, moisturizes hair, adds luster and sheen, alleviates hair dryness, encourages blood flow and stimulates your scalp, balances the production of your hair’s natural oils, stimulates blood circulation, discourages bacterial and fungal scalp problems, and clears clogged hair follicles.
Some of my favorite hair growth oils include:
- Coconut oil
- Castor oil
- Apricot kernel oil
- Rosemary essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Sage oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Clary sage essential oil
Growing Relaxed Hair: Stop Touching Your Hair All The Time
When you were a kid I am sure your mother and grandmother told you not to put your fingers in your mouth or on your face without washing them first. Well, the reason they said that was because your fingers and nails contain oils and dirt that can contaminate your face, mouth and hair.
Not only should you keep your hair safe from the elements, but you need to protect your hairstyles from your busy hands if you want to retain your length. The truth is the less you touch your hair, the more it has a chance to avoid breakage.
You have to train yourself to be aware of what your hands are doing. If they are touching your hair, you need to have a talk with yourself about stopping the bad habit. If you do, before you know it that old habit will be a thing of the past just like bed wetting, sucking your thumb and men who are no good!
Growing Relaxed Hair: Use A Wide Tooth Comb, Please
Having the right tools is an important part of your daily hair care regimen. When it comes to using your comb it has it couple of functions:
- It is used to create the hairstyle that you are after.
- It is used to separate your hair strands and stimulate your scalp, so that you can release sebum, remove excess dirt and increase blood circulation.
The good thing about a wide tooth comb is that they are suitable for all hair textures and lengths including curly, kinky, thick, straight and long hair. You never want a comb that can snag your ends, but look for the widest tooth comb you can find. It should make you will feel like you are raking your hair. If you do that, you won’t have to worry about pulling on your hair strands.
Growing Relaxed Hair: It Is Time To Starting Eating Right
According to Calorie Count, “Vitamin A and B rich foods like eggs, mango, liver, dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, dried apricots, whole grain cereals, peas will ensure hair growth. Vitamin A is also needed for healthy vision and glowing skin. Zinc and essential fatty acids guard against dandruff and dry scalp.
Foods such as shellfish, pumpkin seeds, nuts and vegetable oils, sardines, mackerel and salmon are good sources of zinc and essential fatty acids. Alfalfa juice in combination with spinach or coriander if taken daily will help your hair to grow fast.”
Growing Relaxed Hair: Trim Your Ends Girl
Dry ends will get in the way of growth potential. How should you tackle this problem? Every 9 to 12 weeks, ask your hair stylist to take off the bare minimum of hair to eliminate split ends. Get rid of your split ends if you want to reduce hair breakage because it is breakage that makes your hair look thinner and shorter at the ends.
Growing Relaxed Hair: You Got To Moisturize Those Thirsty Ends
Listen up – your hair is soooooo thirty! What should you do? Moisturize! Deep condition every week or bi-weekly. I personally do it every week. Keep your ends moisturized since it’s the oldest hair on your head.
Growing Relaxed Hair: Use Natural Hair Products
Lets start off by saying what not to put on your hair. If a product has mineral oil or petroleum listed as an ingredient, don’t use it because it will do absolutely zilch for your hair growth journey. This article is all about hair growth, so use natural hair growth products. Some examples include:
- Shea Butter
- Avocado Oil
- Witch Hazel
- Olive Oil
- Aloe Vera
Bottom line, one way to avoid potential hair health effects from chemical ingredients in products is to use common natural ingredients. For more details on the listed ingredients, go here.
These tips should assist you in the process of growing your relaxed hair. Again, be patient and the results will come as growing relaxed hair is easier said than done. Mistakes will be made, but you have to learn from them and use the tips pointed out here.
Good luck and you can do it!