You have finally made the decision to wear your natural kinky hair. Congratulations! If you are like some of us, you probably “big chopped,” which means cutting off almost all your hair to start fresh. One big issue some people have with taking this step is concern about future hair growth. You wonder if your hair will ever get to the length it was before you cut it all off, or perhaps you worry about how long it will take to grow back to its original length.

 

The good news is that your natural kinky hair grows faster than you think. Going natural encourages you to start taking very good care of your hair, and if you know what products and techniques to use, you will have no problem with hair growth.

 

(Related: 4 Essential Products For Natural Hair)

 

Find out what hair type you want and purchase products specific for that hair type.  In the meantime, below we have selected five easy hair tips that are bound to boost your hair growth. We hope this short list will help and inspire you to take better care of your natural hair.

 

1. Clean Scalp – We advise that you map out a hair regimen that will include products and processes for taking care of your hair. Always wash your hair with a natural moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to clear out your pores and cleanse your scalp. Stay away from products that contain chemicals like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Polyethylene Glycol, Formaldehyde etc. Products with natural ingredients like Aloe Vera, Shea, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Wheat Germ, Avocado, etc. are the best for your hair.

 

2. Always moisturize and seal Invest in a great hair moisturizer, if you dream of growing healthy hair. The best way to ensure that moisture stays in your hair, especially after applying hair moisturizer, is to seal the ends of your hair with oils or silicone-based products, also known as sealants. Sealants, like Shea Butter help trap the moisture in your cuticles and prevent moisture in the air from getting in.

 

3. Apply oils on edges and scalps Using oils on your hair is the biggest investment you can ever make to your hair. They help with rapid hair growth, hair thickening, and keep hair moisturized and shiny. Apart from applying them directly to edges and scalps, oils can also be mixed with your favorite conditioner and be used as a deep conditioner. You can also use them for hot oil treatments. One of our favorite go-to oils is Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

 

4. Trim your ends If you do not trim your hair as often as is necessary, you will experience split and knotted ends. Trimming is great for growing long, healthy hair.

 

5. Low manipulation and Protective style Your kinky natural hair is very fragile and breaks easily. Avoid touching or styling your hair too much. We understand, especially if it is your first time going natural, that you get excited with all the information on styling natural hair out there and you feel compelled to try them all. Don’t! Less styling encourages hair growth and helps you retain length. To avoid the temptation of over-styling, we recommend putting your hair in protective styles like braids, twists, or even weaves.

 

 

Have you taken the plunge to go natural? What lessons have you learned so far about your hair and what are your favorite hair regimens? Are you already following the tips we recommended or planning to? Sound off in the comment section below or tweet me @LindaAmaechi.