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Growing Your Natural Hair

The secret is out black girls can have healthy, kinky, curly, coily, LONG hair!!! Our hair does grow, heck everyone hair grows and generally at least 1/4th to ½ inch per month, but the key is GROWTH RETENTION. Grow retention simply means that although your hair does grow every month you have to take those steps necessary to keep your hair healthy & thriving to avoid breakage. This means you have to take care of your ends which are the oldest part of the hair making it easier to break. So how can I retain my length?

Rule #1 Shampoo or Co-Wash at least once a week or every other week                   

Whether you chose to wash with a shampoo or conditioner, in order to avoid product build up consider washing your hair at least once a week. I know most of you may have been taught that washing your hair dries it out…FALSE!! Natural hair requires water for moisture and to prevent breakage!!! It’s simple, water is now your new best friend and your dry hair depends upon it in order to flourish! Now because you need a clean healthy scalp for hair growth to occur washing the hair is an absolute must but be sure to use a Sulfate-Free moisturizing shampoo or conditioner to avoid stripping the hair of its natural oils.

Rule #2 Deep Condition your hair with a protein or moisturizing conditioner                      

In order to prevent breakage and to keep your hair moisturized a weekly deep conditioning is a MUST!!  You can either deep condition your hair with plastic cap under the dryer for a 20-30 minutes or without heat for at least one hour; again this should be done at least once per week. If needed, you can do a protein treatment at least every 6 weeks or whenever the hair feels very limp, mushy, overly soft etc.

Rule #3 Detangle the hair after applying conditioner.                                                     

Tangles lead to breakage. Always detangle wet hair with a wide tooth comb or denman brush after conditioner has been applied to hair.

Rule #4 Rinse hair with cool water                                                                                         

Your final rinse should be with cool water to close the hair cuticles. This is also a good time to do an ACV Rinse. ACV rinses help to remove some types of build-up from the hair while also closing the hair cuticles. Try to think of your hair as being made up of rows of shingles, like you’d see on a roof. These hair shingles, or cuticles, can be in an “open” position, which makes the hair strand feel rough to the touch and look dull. Being that hair has a naturally low (slightly acidic) pH, things like vinegar rinses can help close the hair cuticle and lock in moisture. ACV rinse can remove product buildup, restore the pH balance of the scalp and hair, and promote blood circulation in the scalp–which can stimulate new hair growth–and give the hair a soft, healthy sheen.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mix
1-2 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 cups room temperature distilled water

Rule #5 Always use a water based leave-in conditioner.                                                    

After deep conditioning your hair you should ALWAYS apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair to retain moisture. A good leave-in is one that is water based.

Rule #6 Keep your hair moisturized!

Kinky, curly, coily hair is the easiest to break when dry that is why it is crucial to keep your hair moisturized at all times. Because the ends of your hair are the oldest and are more prone to breakage you should focus on moisturizing and sealing your ends every day. After applying your leave-in conditioner apply a water based moisturizer then seal the moisture in with an oil and/or butter to trap moisture in the hair.

***Feel free to thank me later!

Rule #7 Air Dry or Limit the use of direct heat.

Stay away from pressing combs which can easily burn the hair. Opt for a tourmaline / ceramic iron to straighten your hair. Natural hair wearers sometime misjudge how damaging heat can be. The use of direct heat will at some point result in heat damage. Always remember to apply a heat protectant such as grape seed oil before using heat. Heat should only be used on clean hair.

Rule #8 Wear protective styles.

Protective styles are worn to protect the ends of the hair which are the oldest and are more prone to breakage. When wearing a protective style hair ends are tucked away, protecting them from rubbing against your shirt collar and/or being exposed to heat, the sun, or cold drying air. Styles may include two strand twists, flat twist, braids, buns, up-dos, weaves, or any style that helps to protect the ends of your hair. Protective styling is a good way to maintain growth retention.

***When wearing a protective style stay away from wool collars or hats.
Staying away from wool collars and hats is a good idea if you want to prevent breakage. The constant rubbing of the wool against the hair will surely result in breakage at that particular area. If you must wear wool, I suggest that you line the inside of the hat and/or collar with a satin scarf.

Rule #9 Know the difference between breakage and shedding.

If you see a white bulb (hair follicle) at the end of the hair strand, this would be considered normal shedding. If you don’t see the follicle this may be considered hair breakage.

Rule #10 Protect your hair at night.

Always sleep in a silk/satin scarf or bonnet or use a silk/satin pillow case. Sleeping with a cotton scarf or pillowcase will cause the hair to dry out. Cotton is very absorbent and will absorb moisture from the hair.

Rule #11 Keep your natural ends trimmed.                                                                           

You don’t have to trim as often as those who have chemically processed hair. This is only because the cuticle portion of the hair strand has not been exposed to chemicals and will take longer to split. I would suggest clipping your ends every 3-6 months. If you are natural and wearing color, I would definitely trim a little more often to prevent breakage. An easy way to trim your own hair is to try the two strand twist method. After twisting to the end, clip off 1/4th to ½ inch. Perform this on each twist until all of your hair is clipped. It is harder to detect split ends on natural hair but they do exist.

Rule #12 Do not comb dry hair while it is dry.                                                                        

You should only comb your hair while it is in its wet state. This will remarkably cut don’t on any breakage that you may be experiencing and result in a thicker head of hair. Always use a wide tooth comb. (The only exception to this rule is if you are wearing your hair in a straight style which should be infrequent.) If you are wearing twist-outs, braid outs, bantu knot sets, afro puffs etc., you should be finger combing your hair on a daily basis and not combing it.

Rule #13 Exercise and eat a well-balanced diet rich in vitamin and minerals.

This not only benefits your hair but it also benefits your whole body! Try to drink lots of water. If your body is dehydrated then so is your hair.

Rule #14 Avoid hair stylist who don’t value healthy hair.

Some stylist focus more on hair ‘styling’ and less on hair ‘health’. Find a stylist who specializes in healthy hair. If your stylist is scissor happy, heat happy or chemical happy…you will never see any results.

Remember to be patient, consistent, and have fun!!

(credit: Saleemah Cartwright from http://www.healthyhairjourney.com )

 

108 responses to “Growing Your Natural Hair

  1. Desiray G

    April 2, 2013 at 8:59 am

    This is some very good advice. Its been a year since my BC and i felt myself start to give up and just relax it. So instead I would just braid it and keep a wig on.. After like 6months, I dyed it and it seemed to stop growing in length. I can clearly see that it was growing because of the color change but it wasnt getting any longer. I plan on using these rules for the month of april and hopefully I start to see a difference.

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      May 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Awesome! Color treated hair needs extra tender, love, & care but with proper deep conditioning, moisture & sealing, trimming, etc you should begin to see a major difference. Good luck, happy hair growing, and thanks for stopping by my page!

       
      • Emilia

        February 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        what products do you use for your hair?

         
      • naturalhairfanatic

        March 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm

        Mostly Shea Moisture…refer to my favorite products post.

         
  2. Nyemia Joseph

    August 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you so much for the hair tips. I have been following how to grow long healthy hair & believe me my hair is growing but most importantly it’s growing healthy!!!!! Natural healthy hair rocks

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      August 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Awesome! If we take time to educate ourselves we’d be surprised at how healthy and long our hair coulde actually be! Thank you so much for stopping by. Thank you

       
  3. danielle

    August 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Is it better to cut off permed hair when transitioning for hair to be healthy and strong?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      November 9, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Yes the permed hair can weigh your natural hair down. Chop it off! I promise it’ll grow back healthier and much more stronger than before!

       
  4. Queenmary

    August 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you for such well needed info, my hair is finally growing and feel great, what else do i need to do, again thanks

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      November 9, 2013 at 12:23 am

      Continue to be consistent and have patience. Are you taking your vitamins? Make sure you’re drinking enough water each day.

       
  5. Steph

    September 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to research and provide such helpful information.

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      November 9, 2013 at 12:08 am

      No problem I remember when I first began my natural hair journey and I was like OMG what have I gotten myself into and I had no where to turn other than youtube. Thank you so much for writing me and stopping by my site!

       
  6. Gertrude

    September 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

    thank you soo much for the advice, i’m transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. I’m tired of these chemicals in my hair. Hope this works.

     
  7. mano ranjani

    September 29, 2013 at 1:49 am

    should we wash the hair after applying leave-in conditioner?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      November 9, 2013 at 12:06 am

      No. You should wash your hair, then apply a moisturizing or protein based deep conditioner leave in for 30-hr, wash out, then apply a water based leave in conditioner, then an oil, then your styler (butter, creme, gel) that’s called the LOC Method. Hope this helps.

       
  8. Mary

    October 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Thank you so much for the hair growth tips, i would really love to have my hair healthy.

     
  9. rani

    October 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Between hair oil and leave in moisturizer which is better….I use both … I use oil when my hair is wet then once its dry I use the leave in moisturizer…

     
  10. reisa Daly

    November 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you for the tips, I really need some this is my thrid time being natural i always give up after i get overwhelmed by how tangled and dry it normal becomes.

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      November 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      The LOC method always seems to help with the dryness. Liquid (water based moisturizer), Oil, Creme (butter styler). Good luck to you!

       
      • Nyemia Joseph

        March 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        The Loc method truly works. It keeps your moisturized and looking fresh!!!

         
  11. jelili

    November 6, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I wnt to know about Natural hair

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      November 8, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Great make sure you look through my site to get more info and good luck! Natural Hair ROCKS!

       
  12. MONICA LYNNE JONES

    November 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, VERY HEALTHFUL INFORMATION AND DIRECT I’VE BEEN NATRUAL FOR YRS STARTING STOPPING GEEEEZ JUST COULD’NT GET IT RIGHT, BUT WON’T GIVE UP, I BIG CHOPPED DEC, 12 GROWING WELL, COLORED ONCE DON’T THINK I’LL COLOR AGAIN NOW THATS ITS GETTIN LONGER I’VE BEEN WEARING A SATIN SCARF WITH STOCKING CAP ON TOP WITH WIG GOOD RESULTS

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      November 8, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      You are very welcome and I thank you for stopping by my site!

       
  13. Samantha Pickett Smith

    November 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Thx for this I have a routine that I don’t feel is working for me. I am so close to giving up I have a relaxer in my linen closet on stand by.

     
  14. Rose Ema

    November 10, 2013 at 2:23 am

    now days hair extension style is increasing day by day. Hairs are most improtant part of women beauty, every women wishes to be best and look attractive and you have done great job with sharing such a great information with the help of your blog. I was suffering fro hair problem then my frined sugggest me indian hair and today I change my hair style when i want only with the help of indian hair. you can have any style like Indian Hair Extensions,Ccurly Indian Remy Hair Extensions,Indian wavy hair weave,Ccurly Indian Remy Hair Extensions any other.

     
  15. Bee

    November 11, 2013 at 1:40 am

    im a 19 yr old who can attest to alot of these, about 4 years ago, i went to the salon, w/ creamed and extremely damaged hair, sad thing is, i didnt know it andthe hairdresser chopped it off, at the time i was furious and still clinging to the hope of having the “nice” straight hair and creamed it, at some point i started braiding it and just stopped creaming it for about a 2 years until it returned to its natural state. now im proud to say i have a little over 10 inches of hair (with my crown the shortest length being around 7-8 inches), it takes…ALLOOOOT of patience but it’ll be worth it (y)

     
  16. Samantha

    November 15, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I LOVE your passion for natural hair. My hair is a little past my shoulders and is relaxed but I want to transition. Chopping it off scares me too much! lol I hope my hair will be long, natural and beautiful in the end :)

     
  17. hair regrowth products

    November 20, 2013 at 12:14 am

    i have found genuine content on your blog about Growing Your Natural Hair is very useful blog i like it this is the most useful way to provide help to others

     
  18. Fran Holl

    November 24, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I havent gotten a perm in over a year and it seems like my hair start growing really lon g and healthy. Now its breaking and thinning in the top a lot, I’m not sure what I need to do. I stop getting sew-ins because I thought the pulling was the reason and even with the cornrows and the kinky twist I notice that its still breakage. I have been goign to a all natural stylist and have been following her suggestions but nothing is working. What do you suggest?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Patience, Increase Water Intake, Eat Healthier, Exercise, Reduce Stress, Scalp Massage

       
  19. daisy

    November 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Hey Hey
    i used to have Dermatitis & its gone but my dermatologist still recommends that i continue to use his prescribed medication (shampoo & lotion & pills)…I’m following that..I’m not allowed to use any Hair Products(even my naturals & essential oils) till next year April(my next visit to the dermatologist)

    Please help me i want my hair to grow Long how do i do that without using any hair product

    xoxoxo Daisy

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Washing your scalp with acv may help. Use Water as your moisturizer then ask your doctor about using Jojoba Oil

       
  20. vic

    December 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I really like this website gives me good tips about my hair .

     
  21. Pascual

    December 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you so much for the information! But I have another question about heathly hair? Is Garnier Fructis heathly for you hair? I just started using it for like 2 months. I’m starting to grow out my hair so I’m a newbie. I want my hair to have a natural color which is black, smoother, and shiner you know like the celebrities. That’s why I’m using Sleek & Shine beucase it says it’ll give me ‘good’ results. How do you know if your hair likes silicone? Better yet what does silicone do for you hair? Or should i keep using Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine? I just want a product for my hair that won’t damge it so do you have any product names that is good for my hair like shampo, conditioner and conditioner leave in? Oh and you said not to comb your hair if its not wet well i do the opposite of that and comb my hair when its dry i thought it makes hair smooter and shiner? My hair is almost 4 inches and I’m a guy if that helps. Thank you!

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      My hair loves Silicones but everyone is different. If it works, use it! I love using Garnier Fructis Leave In Conditioner during the summer it blocks humidity and helps to reduce frizz

       
  22. Ronald Joseph Kule

    December 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    just saw your site. Very interesting.

     
  23. Tahsin Muhammad

    January 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I’m 15 years old and I have been growing my hair naturally for 8 months and my hair is very hard to keep moisturized and healthy looking. What can do?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      My post on Moisturizing Your Hair will be helpful. I use the LOC Method

       
  24. Vanetta Boller

    January 1, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I have relaxed hair its always dry after 3weeks from getting my hair treated an i dont know why it breaks… Im trying to go natural but im very tender headed.. What should i do?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      When you’re natural you never comb from the scalp you comb from the ends to the root using a good moisturizer for slip. Also finger detangling may help. Find a natural hair stylist I know how back being tender headed can be. Good luck!

       
  25. Bemni

    January 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

    For deep conditioning what kind of conditioners do you use for that? Do I need to use products marked “deep conditioner” or are there a variety of products you can use?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Try to use products that say “deep conditioner” and those that direct you to leave on for 30min.

       
  26. Msmcgrew

    January 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Hi thanks for the great tips! I really needed this hair care regimen guide. It’s been almost a yr since I’ve went natural and my hair is always lacking the moisture and becomes very dry and brittle :( Do you have any recommendations on water-based conditioners and moisturizers products?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Water, Oil, and Butter/Creme in that order. Use the LOC Method. I like to use Shea Moisture Conditioner as a everyday moisturizer

       
  27. Millie

    January 4, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I wish you had a picture that shows the difference b/t hair shedding and breakage. I just can’t figure it out, even with you saying to look for the white follicle at end…just can’t tell the difference.

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      That’s how I tell. My hair sheds ALOT!! I’m thinking about doing a black tea rinse to reduce shedding. If there’s no white follicle at the end (a very very small white tip) then it’s breakage.

       
  28. xta diala

    January 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Thnx lots

     
  29. LaDaesha

    January 6, 2014 at 12:56 am

    This Site has Great Tips . I’m going to Try them & hope for the best :) Wish me luck . .

     
  30. Samantha Heirim

    January 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Awesome! This post will surely love your tips. Good advice!

     
  31. Williskn

    January 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    You have a great website here,I will start reading more.Please take a look at blog,I have a great article about the last king of Rwanda in Africa,I’m trying to raise awareness because his return in the region would bring peace to the great lake region in central Africa.Thanks

     
  32. Roshanna Mullen-Grace

    January 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    i needed this info….just did a big chop and needed to know what to do…i wash once a week, and oil but dont use a leave in conditioner….i do condition with ACV, and love the way it leaves my hair, after the wash, so after i wash and condition, even after ACV, use another conditioner?, and then oil?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Yes in order to maintain moisture use the LOC Method…Liquid (leave-in), Oil, Creme (styler)

       
  33. Jereen Murphy

    January 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Hello, I would like to know do we rinse out the vinegar mix or leave it in? And is it ok to apply it everyday like in a spray bottle.?

     
  34. Salons in Chester

    January 15, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Great advice on natural hair. Just like make up etc I have always said that women look better when its natural!

     
  35. Loretta

    February 1, 2014 at 6:17 am

    my chemically processed hair keeps breaking. I have decided to go natural but I don’t know where to start from and also confused on how to go about it.

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      First to my section on Transitioning 101 it provides much needed info on how to go about going natural. Hope it helps you out!

       
  36. Dannie

    February 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Question: being natural, I should condition my hair then do a leave in conditioner?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Yes Deep Condition after every wash or at least once every two weeks, then after rinsing out the conditioner, apply a leave in condtioner, oil, and styler…in that order (LOC Method). Hope this helps!

       
  37. neista

    February 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you for the advice. I have only been natural for a few months but I will stay on this page during my progress.

     
  38. Carol Maburutse

    February 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Its been 2yrs growing my hair ..I usually braid my hair for 3months..and oiling ..is that good…Though im.glad I read this..I will try it out…Thank u..

     
  39. kemi

    February 21, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I av completed my transition process and nw I av a complete natural hair but the problem is my hair has stop growing and the rate of front breakage is EXTREMELY HIGH. infact I always feel ashame of it. pls help m

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Try a protein treatment. I like Aphogee 2 min reconst. Also have you tried taking multivitamins?

       
  40. Regina Norman

    February 21, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Reading your site was so helpful to me, since i have gone natural 2 years & 4 months. I have been using acv rinces since dec.13 to present. Along w/ yogurt &honey deep conditioners, bentonite cly and my own mix of a weekly conditioner. I use only natural ingrd. Grapeseed oil, voo, cayenne oil. Shea butter, jojoba oil and rosemary waterdaily sprays. What a difference my hair is now. Also daily hair vitamin. All ingrds. since dec.13 to present. Thank u for explaining about deep., protein & wkly cond. l do weekly cond. Along w\ every 2 wk., protein. I will srart doin deep cond., wkly.

     
  41. lyndal vetter

    February 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I do all those things and my hairs not growing …I’m even trying extensions

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      March 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Are you eating right, exercising, drinking lots and lots of water, taking multivitamin? These things help… a lot!

       
  42. Madeline

    February 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Is coloring natural hair with henna better than chemical rinses or semi color?

     
  43. MIchaela

    February 27, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Thank You so much for this information, It has really opened my eyes to what I was doing wrong.

     
  44. Jaliesa M

    March 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I love this post, I just recently cut off my permed ends in January I had been transitioning for 11 months. I was trying to come up with a healthy routine to promote growth and I feel like this post is going help me ALOTTT ALOTT ALOT! im currently in a 6 month protective style challenge but im definitely going to start applying these rules to hair care regimen. I cant wait to see results :)

     
  45. Tia

    March 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Ok I love the tips but I have a few of questions. How often do I ACV rinse? Should I deep condition every time I co wash? It says when moisturizing apply leave in then water based moisture then oil, does this mean wet my hair every day to moisturize? Also my final question how often should I detangle?
    Thank you for these tips I def need them!

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      June 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      I use the ACV and deep condition after each wash. Spritz hair with water and apply oil.

       
  46. Steffie

    March 10, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I do have a question…what do you do about the ends being bushy and frizzy??? They seem like small pieces of hairs all over the place after i finish combing and braiding it down…

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      June 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      I’d suggest trimming your ends then making sure to moisturize and seal them every night or every other night.

       
  47. Mary

    March 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Great read! learned a lot from this article! Very detailed tips and advices! I will definitely be patient, consistent and enjoy every step! Thanks!

     
  48. Bali tour

    April 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Great Aticle
    Thank you for the information

     
  49. Tracee Tinsley

    May 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for this post. I have been using certain products that claim to be a curl custard that will keep my shiny moisturized and soft and they always leave my hair feeling crunchy and dry no matter is I use a oil afterwards. I will be changing my regiment as of today! Thanks again.

     
  50. jasmin

    May 12, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Just learned a lot of stuff i did not know. Transitioned from relaxed to natural about 5 months ago and my hair is the healthiest its been in a ling time. Thanks for these tips in advance ;) Will be injure more often.

     
  51. chinabestwigs

    May 16, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Keep your hair clean. Hair tangles when dirt and sweat build up, wash your hair after exercise, swimming etc. Brush your hair and remove all tangles before washing it. Wash your hair going in a downward motion. Use a good quality shampoo, your stylist can advise you what product is best for your hair. When lots of water is added at once to very dry hair, hair can swell up and tangle. Gradually wet the hair and brush gently before you completely wash it. This is more common with less expensive extension hair.
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  52. kerlande

    May 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

    does this work if u have a perm

     
  53. sunny

    May 20, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Thank u for the post. It’s been nearly 7 months since my last relaxer. I french braid and put on a wig when I go to work. I keep my hair moisturized and sleep in a plastic cap. I never knew how happy I could be without a relaxer. I think my hair thanks me and it shows by growing. I have 3 inches of new growth in some areas. As a little girl, I didn’t know that wetting my natural hair is what’s needed. All my life, I tried to avoid getting my natural hair wet. I’m 42 and just now learning how to take care of my hair. It’s funny!!!

     
  54. Chevonne Lowe

    May 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    What should I put on my hair after a deep condition treatment?

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      June 19, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      I apply my leave-in, oil, then a cream/butter in that order. It’s called the LOC Method! Hope this helps!

       
  55. tiffany

    May 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    i have have been “natural” for about 3 years. I didn’t do the big chop but little by little i had my stylist cut off my perm ends. after continuing to get my ends cut i started to get silk wraps about every 3 to 4 weeks, now my hair is either shedding or breaking off because I can literally run my fingers through my hair and lose at least 3 to 4 strands of hair. Is there anything I can due to my hair to stop the shedding or the breakage? HELP PLEASE

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      June 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Try using a black tea rinse. This really helps to combat breakage! You can find more info about it on google.

       
  56. D'Angela

    May 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I’m doing my big chop on Friday! Are you taking any hair vitamins? Biotin, Hairfinity, Manetabolism? What are your opinions on them?

     
  57. kmama

    June 6, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Did the big chop four years ago and now I’m big hair dont care…. ladies who are transitioning stick with it every stage of the journey is fun when your the most tired and fed up with your hair is when its about to surprise you I went thru so many hair growth and style phases Im glad I stuck with it. I get so many compliments its so long and healthy.

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      June 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks for the encouraging words! I now need them! I cut my hair off and I miss it, lol

       
  58. Abimbola

    June 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I have a damaged hair that has stopped growing. I want to start taking real good care of my hair and grow it naturally as well. do I need to get a low cut to achieve this?.

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      June 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      If you don’t mind starting over I’d say go for it! But you can also cut the damaged hair out instead of going very low

       
  59. Trina P.

    June 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you so much. I am doing the majority of the things that you have listed. Although I must find me a good leave-in conditioner. Right now, I am rocking my teenie weenie afro. My hair growth in 2 months have been awesome. Glad that, I was able to Google you.Will defidefinately be back to visit you;-) Trina P. Happy To Be Nappy

     
  60. Precious

    June 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I will surely try these tips..am hoping my natural hair grows more each month!

     
  61. Katie Williams

    June 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    These tips are the best that I’ve read! They are very detailed and make it easy for me to grow out my natural hair. THANK YOU!

     
  62. JoAnn

    June 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Hello, my hair broke off especially in the middle, and its fustrating. I had two surgery and im taking medication. Can you give me some advice regarding my natural hair, i appreciate it, thank you

     
    • naturalhairfanatic

      June 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Have you tried taking vitamins like biotin. Also try massaging your scalp nightly with peppermint oil mixed with castor oil

       
  63. JoAnn

    June 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for responding back, and for your great tips, i appreciate it, Thank you :}

     
  64. JoAnn

    June 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for responding back, and for your great tip advice, i appreciate it :}

     

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