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How To Grow Healthy, Long Hair

March 21, 2019 in Beauty, Hair - 5 min read
If you’re been a supporter since my Curls ‘N’ Tel chapter, this topic won’t be new to you but I still felt like it is a timeless one because people always ask me what products I put in my hair to “make it grow.”
I always think that question is so funny because NOTHING WILL MAKE YOUR HAIR GROW. Unless you have something like an autoimmune illness, your hair will always be going through a growth cycle: 1) growing 2) shedding old hair, and 3) growing some more. You’re only job is to RETAIN that length by making sure that your hair is moisturized. You do this by continuously adding and sealing hydration to your hair strands and also making sure that your hair has the strength it needs to avoid breakage.
Hair isn’t as complex as people think. It’s pretty simple but I believe that it sounds hard because they so stuck on all the products they think they need instead of setting and sticking to a consistent routine of cleaning, moisturizing, protein and regular trimming of your ends.
If you’re a visual person, I have attached my video where I discuss this in depth with each step.
If you’re more of a reader and would prefer to screenshot to have for further reference, I got you below too. This may still be overwhelming to some but whether you like it or not, with everything in life, you get what you put in. If you follow this steps and am consistent with it, I can guarantee you that you will retain your length and get the long hair you always wanted because it’s healthy.
I am also listing my personal product recommendations for each step. If interested in buying to try, don’t forget to sign up for EBates so you can get back some of the money you spend while you shop online and in-store !

STEP 1: Cleansing (1-2 times a week or biweekly)

Cleaning is the first step of your hair routine because it removes all the dirt and buildup.

Shampoo:

Make sure it’s sulfate free ! Sulfates dry out your hair like crazy. You know that squeaky clean feeling your hair has when you wash it sometimes? Yeah, your shampoo probably has sulfates in it. Make sure you look at the ingredients on the bottle.
An easy way to point out sulfates is if an ingredient ends in -fate. The most common are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth ether sulfate (SLES), commonly known as sodium laureth sulfate.
Also stay away from parabens cause they do crazy damage. They are preservatives that help your products last longer and a good way to spot them is if they end in methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl-, and isobutylparaben. Long term they affect your body inside and out in the worst way possible.
Some shampoo recommendations are:
Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula, Anti-Dandruff Treatment for Long-Lasting Relief of Itching and Flaking Scalp, $9- $14..
-Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula, Anti-Dandruff Treatment for Long-Lasting Relief of Itching and Flaking Scalp, $9- $14..
-Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula, Anti-Dandruff Treatment for Long-Lasting Relief of Itching and Flaking Scalp, $9- $14..
If you suffer with dry scalp, dandruff or psoriasis like me.
-Apple Cider Vinegar: Dilute with water ! It’s too acidic on it’s own.
I recommend the Bragg’s brand. If not, just make sure it’s 100% acv, “From The Mother” and doesn’t contain any other add-ons. This is a great natural way to treat dry scalp and dandruff
-The Mane Choice Easy On The CURLS – Detangling Hydration Shampoo, $12.99

Cowashing:

Look out for silicones because they put a coating on your hair making your hair look shiny short-term and blocking out moisture from coming in long-term resulting in dry hair. However, here are my favorites. Some have silicones. Some don’t. You have to see for yourself what works for your hair.
As I Am Coconut Cowash, $7- $15: specifically made for cowashing, this product leaves your scalp and hair clean but still feeling so moisturized. It’s unbelievable.
Aussie Moist Conditioner, $6: is a classic drugstore choice that I’ve been using since my relaxer days

STEP 2: Deep Conditioning

MAJOR KEY ! Do as many times as you cleanse to add extra hydration to your hair
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner, $3.99- $7: a crowd favorite that doesn’t disappoint
-DIY: 2/3 conditioner, honey, coconut oil, JBCO, almond oil. I use this ⅘ times I deep condition my hair. It’s fast, I know exactly what’s going in my hair and if I run out, I can quickly make more without having to go to the store to buy another bottle of the exact thing I was using before.

STEP 3: Protein Treatment (Once a month)

Adds strength to your hair and balances out the elasticity to prevent breakage. Do once a month to every three months.
-My DIY Protein Treatment on my Instagram
-ForeverFlawless has a great video on how to make your own at home

STEP 4: Leave-In

A good prep to whatever you’re doing next.
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave In, $11: very light, smells amazing, major detangling help
Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, $8- $12/15: thicker in consistency, best for preparing your curls for styling
Giovanni Direct Leave-In, Weightless Moisture, $6.99- $9.99: light, all natural
Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In/ Detangler, $12.99: best for curly hair and hairstyles

STEP 5: Moisturizer/Styler

Whether you’re doing a twist out, braid out, protective styling or straightening your hair, there’s a styler for you.
For curly styles:
For flyaways:

STEP 6: Sealing

MAJOR KEY TO RETAIN MOISTURE. The most common way is by using oil as the last step of your routine.
-Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Oil
The Spectrum brand is very good as well, $8- $15.99
Tropical Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil, $10-$12.99: one of the thickest oils but great for hair growth
Now Solutions Jojoba Oil, $10: jojoba is the closest oil to the natural oil that your skin produces, sebum
Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil, $10: a new favorite of mine. I just it on my hair and face

STEP 7: Trimming

-Everyone has their own opinion on this but that is very important to do regularly (I recommend every two or three months) to get rid of dead ends and make room for new hair to grow.

STEP 8: Protective Styling

-Important as well to give your hair a break from you manipulating it into styles everyday. Your hair will thank you. How often you do it is up to you but if you’re like me, you can’t do it for long lol so I suggest wearing buns a lot.
If you made it this far, that proves that you’re serious already. I tried my best to be as thorough as possible. What step(s) are you struggling with the most ? What is a great tip you’ve learned in your journey that has helped you ?

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