Having long healthy hair seems like an un-achievable dream but it is in fact a very achievable one. Follow these tips to help you achieve long healthy hair.
1. Avoid Daily Hair Washing: Washing hair too often strips it of natural oils, therefore, hair should only be washed when necessary. Washing it once a week is reasonable. If your hair breaks easily, reduce washing to once in every two or three weeks.
- Try to find a shampoo that doesn’t leave your hair feeling too dry.
- To reduce damage, wash hair in lukewarm water and rinse in cool water.
2. Leave Hair to Dry Naturally: Too much heat from hair-styling tools can damage the hair and lead to hair breakage. Plait your hair, and leave hair to dry overnight. Alternatively, towel dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel and simply rubbing your head for a while.
3. Apply Conditioner to Hair After Every Wash: Shampoo dries the hair and strips it of natural oils. Restore lost oil with conditioner suited for African hair. Remember to deep condition your hair periodically as well.
- You can use leave-in conditioner in between washes.
4. Oil Your Hair Daily: Daily rub natural oil into the middle and ends of your hair to make it soft and supple. This will help prevent it breaking before it grows long. Jamaican oil, castor oil, Moroccan oil, or lavender oil are all good options.
- Covering your hair with a satin scarf can help your hair take in the oil.
5. Moisturize Your Hair: Water strengthens dry hair and may stimulate your hair roots. You can apply water and moisturizing conditioner, or a mixture of half olive oil and half coconut oil. The oil will help seal in the moisture.
- Shea butter is also great for hair-styling. It holds the hair, and eventually melts into oil to add shine and moisture. If you use gel or mousse in your hairstyle, try hair jam instead. This will hold your hair, then eventually melt into oils to add shine and moisture.
6. Trim Split Ends Regularly: It may seem a bit odd to trim your hair to help it grow, but it has been found to help hair growth. Trim the ends of your hair every two weeks, or whenever they start to split. Split ends rapidly lead to breakage, making it very hard to grow your hair out. If your hair is healthy, you may only need to remove 1–2 inches (2.5–5cm) every three or four months.
7. Eat adequate Protein: Eat foods with plenty of protein, such as avocado, pumpkin seeds, eggs and Salmon.