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8 Ways to Grow Long, Moisture-Rich Natural Hair

by Mahogany Speaks to You Writers

April 16, 2018

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Naturalistas everywhere crave healthy, thick, long natural hair. No matter your hair type, the thing many members of the natural hair community crave is voluminous coils that stretch past their shoulders. There are hundreds of hours of videos in which natural hair mavens catalog their natural hair growth journey from the big chop to the hair that stretches midway down their back. 


--But how did they get there? We both know their success did not happen overnight, but instead, it required consistency, commitment and a whole lot of trial and error.  


Every kink and coil on your head has its own story, but you can be the author of your natural hair's fate. 


Here are five ways to grow long, healthy natural hair.

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Hydrate Your Natural Hair

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Moisture is a must for healthy, natural hair! However, infusing moisture into hair that is ripe with curls, kinks, and coils will not be an easy task. Your kinky tresses naturally struggle to accept and retain moisture thanks to this hair type gravitating towards dryness. Unlike straight hair, curly hair struggles to allow for moisture-sealing oils to line the hair shaft. This limitation leaves you in an endless battle to acquire and sustain moisture. 

You will need to choose hair care products that are hydration friendly, particularly if you struggle with hair that is brittle or dehydrated. 

Find Your Hair Type

Do not be afraid to find your natural hair type. Some naturalistas will convince themselves that knowing their hair type is not important or that there is no such thing, but do not be afraid to accept who you are within those coils. Knowing your hair type can mean the difference between purchasing the best product and disaster. Sure, YouTube University may inspire you to follow the natural hair maven with a 3A hair type, but if you are a 4C, you probably should add a few more experts from the 4C collection as a reality check.

Invest in a Good Deep Conditioner or Hair Masque

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Hair Masques and deep conditioners are excellent ways to revitalize hair that is experiencing damage or breakage. If left unmanaged, fragile strands can trip a diva up along the path towards healthy hair. 


When choosing a deep conditioner or masque, you need to choose something that is thick, creamy consistency so that it will quench thirsty curls and repair any damage done to the hair. 


Curly/kinky hair more fragile because of the texture so protein and moisture are essentials.


Protein Conditioners

 

Add a Leave-In Conditioner to Your Hair Care Regimen


Conditioner choices reign supreme in the natural hair care regimen but you should not limit their use to the standard apply and rinse ritual. Instead, you must include a good leave-in conditioner. These can help to smooth the hair shaft and help soften curls. If used in conjunction with heat styling, leave-in conditioners can serve as a shield, sparing you from frying your hair with the blow dryer or the hot iron.

Experiment with Hair Oils for Your Natural Oils

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Oil gives a great boost to all your products. It can work in conjunction with your conditioner as a sealant for better penetration. Although oils do not technically moisturize hair, they can be a fantastic way to help your hair seal in moisture.


Essential oils can also help to reverse thinning hair, stop breakage, and reduce hair frizz.


Use Heat Protectants or Thermal Sprays

On occasion, a naturalista dares to venture into the land of heat and straight hair. Remember, when apply heat, use a heat protectant to decrease the risk of damage. A thermal spray will not only protect your hair from heat damage, but it will maximize styling results. Because your hair has tons of texture, heat damage is much more evident for you. Therefore, you should take precautions before even touching that hot tool!      


Detangle with a Wide-Tooth Comb

Get a wide-tooth comb and denman brush. These tools are completely necessary when detangling. Because of the alignment of the teeth, they don't snag and rip strands. This will be a great contributor to your length retention. Also, remember to always detangle from the bottom up because it minimizes snagging and knots.

You now know eight ways to grow long, natural hair. There's no reason for you not to add an inch or more this year to your kinks and coils. What are you doing to boost natural hair growth?