Have you struggled with growing long relaxed hair in the past? You’re not alone. For many of us, growing our relaxed hair beyond neck length has been a struggle. Therefore, today’s post cover some basics for growing long relaxed hair.
Understanding Your Hair Growth Rate
Assuming you hair grows at an average rate of 1/2″ per month and you retain every inch you grow, you’re looking at gaining about 6 inches per year. Now, I hate to burst your bubble but the likelihood of retaining every inch you’ve grown is doable, sure but is it reality? I say no although some may disagree. However, let’s factor you retain about 5 inches per year. If you do the math, you will see that it will take quite some time to reach your ultimate hair goal. Therefore, patience is key.
Tips for Growing Long Relaxed Hair
Many have been successful with accelerating growth with some of the products and techniques listed below:
Drink Plenty of Water
Exercise and drink plenty of water. Many reported an increase in growth when hydrated. I try to drink at least half my body weight of water measured in ounces. As an example, someone weighing 190 lbs. would drink 95 ounces of water daily.
Stimulate Your Hair Follicles
Using stimulating oils like emu oil and peppermint oil is a great way to stimulate and awaken your hair follicles.
Increase the Blood Flow to Your Scalp
Finding ways to increase the blood flow to your scalp is an awesome way to promote hair growth. My favorite is scalp massaging. I gently massage the scalp for two to five minutes a few times per week.
Many reported great results with the inversion method. This method requires you to invert the body so blood flows to your head. When I tried it, I let my head hang off the bed. Within seconds, I got a migraine and haven’t tried the technique since.
Keep Your Scalp Clean
Exfoliating the scalp removes unwanted product and residue that can slow or stop hair growth. Keeping your scalp clean is important to scalp health and hair growth.
Finding methods and ways to retain length that works for you is important. I love protective styling with wigs and hair buns. However, this might not work for you. Therefore, you need to find a few hairstyles that you love that can be your go-to hairstyles to protect your hair from rubbing against your clothing and being exposed to the environment.
Minimize Hair Breakage
Achieving zero hair breakage is impossible but you can drastically reduce the amount of hair breakage you get by changing up some of the techniques and methods used for your hair. Finger combing works really well as a pre-detangling technique to remove shed hair, tangles and knots. Removing these pesky problems before running a comb through your hair will minimize hair breakage.
If you suffer with excessive breakage when manipulating your hair, try using a hair detangling spray to provide the hair with elasticity. This should lessen the friction caused by manipulation and reduce the amount of hair breakage you’re experiencing.
If you’re combing your hair from root to tip – stop! This causes more breakage and makes knots and tangles tighter when you stumble upon then. It will also cause you to rip through your hair because it’s not properly detangled along the strand. Combing from tip to root will generate less breakage because the hair remains detangled as you work your way up to the roots.
Using protein every 4 to 6 weeks will help fill in the gaps and holes along the hair to strengthen it and make it resilient.
Keep Ends Healthy and Hair Hydrated
You should moisturize with a water based moisturizer and seal with an oil based product to keep your hair protected from the environment. And, when your ends start showing signs of aging, let them go!
Quick Overview: 11 Tips for Growing Long Relaxed Hair
What’s your tips for growing long relaxed hair?