Tips For Black Hair Growth

African American hair can be vulnerable, making it more prone to damage that can lead to breakage. Most of this has to do with the heat and chemicals that are often used to straighten the strands and make them softer and more manageable. All of this can gradually weaken black hair. Growth is very difficult under these conditions. The good news is that with special care and pampering, it is possible to strengthen the strands and stimulate growth.

Be very selective in the shampoos that you choose. Many contain ingredients that strip away moisture and cause dryness, which can lead to breakage. Some products are designed to get rid of excess oils. Unfortunately, some of these products over do it and end up doing more harm than good. Ingredients to watch out for include ammonium laureth sulfate, TEA lauryl sulfate, and sodium lauryl sulfate.
Look for African American hair products that contain protein. Some of the hair's own natural protein is lost when it is straightened through the use of chemicals and heat. If that protein is not replaced, the strands will weaken and break. You can make your own natural protein conditioner by using an egg. Apply it evenly throughout your head and put on a plastic cap. Leave it on for about an hour and rinse it off.
Another way to stimulate black hair growth is to make sure it has enough moisture. After shampooing, apply a generous amount of olive oil on your hair and scalp. Cover your head with a plastic cap. You can get good results by leaving it on for an hour but if you really want to give yourself a powerful moisturizing treatment, leave it on overnight.

There are also vitamins that can help promote growth. Biotin and folic acid help keep the hair in the growth cycle longer. This will allow the strands to grow more than the typical half inch per month. It can take six months up to one year to notice a difference but many people are pleased the results that good nutrition can offer. Be gentle with your hair. Try to limit your use of curling irons and flat irons to once a week. Be gentle when combing. Use a wide tooth comb.

Jayne Grant is a writer who does extensive research on African American hair care. Visit for a FREE ebook containing more information on how to strengthen ethnic hair and get it to grow faster.


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