Your hair is always growing
On average hair grows ½ inch a month. However, many black women may be losing this amount or more due to hair breakage, which makes it, appear that it is not growing. This is why preventing hair breakage is essential to hair growth.
Some hair loss is natural so don’t stress! – it is normal to lose 50-100 hairs per day from the scalp. This is called shedding. A shed hair should naturally fall from the scalp and you should see a white bulb attached to the root of the hair strand, in comparison to hair breakage. Hair breakage is where the hair basically snaps, so there is no white bulb attached.
Moisture is essential
Due to the structure of black hair, it is more fragile and prone to splitting and breakage than any other hair type. Afro hair has more bends and angles, which makes it more difficult for oils from the scalp to travel down the strands. This means that Afro hair has a tendency to be quite dry, especially at the tips, which are the oldest part of the hair. To tackle dryness, it is important to apply moisture treatments regularly. Spritzing hair with water regularly and sealing the moisture in with a water based moisturiser such as virgin coconut oil, ensures hair keeps its flexibility, breaks less and retains more length.
Trimming – Hair grows from your scalp and not from your ends. This may seem like common sense, however there it is a common myth that trimming your hair regularly helps your hair to grow. Trimming simply helps to maintain hair, by removing damaged ends i.e. split ends, which can travel up to the root if left untreated. Therefore if you want to grow your hair, it is essential to a) Avoid excessive breakage and b) Trim your ends on a need to do basis.
Your hair is in fact dead – Hair that has emerged from your scalp is dead hair, so once it’s been damaged it can’t be repaired. Therefore it is vitally important to keep it healthy and in good condition.
Hands off is better – The more you brush, touch and & manipulate your hair the more wear & tear your hair experiences and the weaker your hair strands become. This increases the risk of breakage
Protecting the ends is essential
The ends are the oldest part of your hair, therefore they are the most fragile and prone to breakage. It is vital to protect your ends to keep them from getting split, damaged, knotted and tangled.
Two useful tips to protect your ends include:
- Keep your ends well moisturised – Spritzing the tips with water regularly and then using a moisturiser to seal in the moisture.
- Tuck your ends away – doing this ensures that your ends are not exposed to the elements, which can cause them to dry out, leading to breakage. It also prevents your ends from rubbing against clothing, which can also weaken them, leading to breakage and split ends.
Protective styles such as buns and braids are great for tucking the ends away!!