Natural hair 101
The most important thing you need to grow your hair out? Patience. In fact, your hair is growing as you read this sentence—so no matter how slow it feels, it is happening! Still, there are a few important things you can do to maintain those healthy strands. Find a routine that works for you, then just sit back, relax, and let those follicles do their thing.
Pamper your scalp Your hair grows right out of your scalp, so it makes sense to give that area a little extra attention. Keeping the scalp clean and moisturized can speed up the process. Avoid letting product build up over time by thoroughly rinsing and running your fingers through your hair. Wash with sulfate-free shampoo or co-wash, and give your scalp frequent massages.
Moisturize Moisturized hair is stronger, more elastic and less likely to break, so make sure you’re constantly replenishing those oils. Everyone’s hair is a little different—only you can find the products that work with your hair. Must-haves include deep conditioners, moisturizing shampoos, co-washes, conditioners and hair oils like castor oil and coconut oil. Deep conditioning can be done without or with heat (like a heated hair appliance or hooded dryer with a hot bonnet or disposable shower cap).
Keep your hair protected The more you change your style, twirl your hair and use heat tools, the more moisture you’re losing—that means more breakage. To avoid losing length, try using protective styles that allow your hair to breathe. There are so many options out there—from braids to flat twists—so find one you love and rock it.