Today, I want to talk about hair growth and length retention. Most of us ladies with afro-textured hair tend to think that our hair doesn't grow, when in reality we just aren't retaining length, mainly because of breakage. Granted, it seems like kinky/coily/curly hair grows slower than straight/wavy hair... but believe it or not, our tresses grow an average of 1 cm (1/2 inch) per month.
With that in mind, here are some factors that play a role in hair growth rate:
Genetics. Like your height, your face or your body features, your hair growth rate (as well as your hair type, texture and density) is largely determined by genetics. Look at the women in your family... Do they have long hair? How fast does it grow? How are they taking care of it?
Diet and other lifestyle choices. We are what we eat, right? A healthy diet, good sleeping habits and a bit of exercise came make a world of difference in your life (and your hair!). Try it and reap the benefits.
The way you treat your scalp. Ok, let's be real for a moment. Our hair is dead. Yes, this thing we're obsessing about is basically keratin surrounded by dead cells. However, the follicles beneath the skin are very much "alive", allowing your hair to grow. That's why it's super important to keep your scalp clean and to avoid clogging your pores with product buildup. And for those of you who have serious scalp issues... pick up your phone and call your dermatologist.
HOW TO PROMOTE HAIR GROWTH.
HA! The big question! Who doesn't want to have long hair? Personally, I loved my TWA. Low maintenance and the only time I could actually rock a wash 'n go... Aaah, the good ol' days.
BUT a majority of women tend to drool over long and thick hair, whether it's straight, wavy, curly, kinky, relaxed or natural. And some go to extreme measures to get there as fast as possible. I ain't going to make of list of "those solutions" since I'm a firm believer in letting nature take its course, and honestly... there are no miracles. Still, I'm going to leave you with one tip: treat yourself to a soft scalp massage every other day. You, your favorite (light) oil, maybe a few drops of essential oil, and your fingers... that's all it takes. This will improve blood circulation and also help remove tension. If you want to know more, check out this insightful post entitled 8 herbs & oils that promote hair growth. And remember, if you take care of yourself, your body will thank you for it.
See you in a soon for part 2, where I'll be talking about length retention!