How to Grow Natural Hair, A Pretty Easy Comprehensive Guide!

Hey, everyone! I just wanted to share how the things I have learned over this past year or so of being natural. This is really all you need to know and it’s free lol. I’m hoping this page will make a good reference for someone out there!
Step 1 – Materials:

Being natural comes with this insatiable need to buy thousands of products,  this is a list of the basics.
  1. A Wide Tooth Comb: This is used for detangling. Try to only detangle with product in your hair. A good time to do it is when you are deep conditioning, the conditioner will act as a barrier and keep the comb from damaging your hair. Comb from the ends and work your up.

  2. A deep conditioner: This will help replenish your hair with moisture and it will make your hair super soft.

  3. A regular conditioner: This will aid with detangling and you can use for co-washing (washing with conditioner) Also good if you don’t feel like deep conditioning but want to give your hair a quick moisture boost!

  4. A Shampoo: To get the dirt and build-up out of your hair and scalp! A healthy scalp is a necessity for growing out your hair.

  5. A leave in/ moisturiser: After you rinse out your hair, apply your leave in for further softness and moisture. You can also use it as a daily (doesn’t have to be daily) moisturiser for when your hair is feeling dry. The FIRST ingredient of these products should be water or aloe vera juice followed by water. Water is the only true moisturiser so remember that. Oil moisturisers will not moisturise your hair.

  6. An Oil: Oils are used to seal in the moisture after using a leave in or moisturiser. Alternatively, you could use a butter, like shea. You could also use it to do a hot oil treatment, I love to do this. Some oils can also promote growth! Very useful, these guys.

  7. Protein Treatment: If your hair is damaged/ breaking or maybe you want to use heat that day or maybe your hair is feeling too soft, like mushy paper,  this is for you. Even if you have healthy hair, every once and a while it is good to fortify your strands. Especially if you use colour or have fine strands. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS, follow up with a deep conditioner that does not contain any protein in it. This is so you do not get protein overload. Listen to your hair, if it doesn’t like it then only use protein when you need it.
 
Step 2 – Find out about your hair!
  1. Are your strands fine, medium or coarse/thick? This is not how much hair you have on your head but the size of individual strands, are they quite thick like if you laid them on a piece of paper you can definitely see it or are they hard to see? Fine hair doesn’t really like heavy products because it can weigh the hair down. Protein treatments may be helpful to give your strands an added boost. Fine hair is also easily damaged so keep that in mind when combing or styling. Coarse/thick strands can also get damaged but those strands can take a lot more. It is possible to have different strands sizes all over your head.

  2. Density: low, medium, high? This refers to how much hair you have on your head, if you can’t see your scalp, like ever, you probably have high density. If you feel like your hair looks, scalpy, then you probably have low density. If you have low density you could look into volumizing products to give your hair some oomph. Also when doing 2 strand twists/mini braids, things like that, try not to make your parts straight, have some variation so your hair will fill in any ‘gaps’ you may have.

  3. Porosity: This is how easily your hair accepts moisture. You can find this out by placing a strand of hair in a glass of water. If it sinks you have high porosity and if it floats you have low. If it kind of does both you’re probably normal porosity. Low porosity means the cuticles are smoothed shut, this isn’t bad though as it means your hair will hold onto moisture for longer. Baggying and deep conditioning with heat are essential for this hair type. High porosity hair means the cuticles are raised. High porosity hair is usually the result of damage but you could also just be born with it.  Apple cider vinegar rinses (3 parts water, 1 part ACV) will help to close them. Also sealing with oils and butters are definitely important.

  4. Curl Pattern: I don’t really think this is that important in the grand scheme of things. But Naturallycurly has a quiz you can take to find out what yours is. 
 
Step 3 – Build a Regimen
  1. You need to figure out what day/time you want to dedicate to your hair. On this day you shampoo, condition, and style for the week. This day is really important as it sets up your moisture level for the week

  2. Alternatively, you may choose that you want to cowash and may choose to do that every other day or so

  3. There are many variations and things you can do so I suggest figuring out what your hair needs and then going from there. If your hair is super dry, cowashing a few times a week may be beneficial to you. If your hair is breaking you should up your protein and deep conditioning treatments.

  4. Everyone should focus on a protein and moisture balance. Soft and strong hair is the way forward

  5. Without knowing the specifics of your hair I cannot really recommend anything but if you leave a comment or email me I can help you come up with yours if you need it. 
 
 
Step 4 – Styling
  1. Low manipulation-  These are styles like ponytails, puffs, etc. Things that do not require your hands be in your hair all the time.

  2. Protective styles – twists, braids, buns, weaves, updos – These are styles that hide your ends and keep them from being exposed to the elements. Make sure you continue to moisturise your hair whilst it is in a protective style, otherwise your hair will get dry and break off. I recommend using something in a spray bottle or a bottle with a nozzle to get directly to the roots. 
     
  3. Wash n gos – Never really that simple for me but as the name suggests, wash your hair and go! Many ladies have had success with the style and it is only recently that my wash and gos have come out right. I suggest searching youtube for a quality tutorial.

  4. Twist outs/Braid outs/ Bantu Knot Outs
 
Before embarking on this journey I suggest taking a pic of your starting point so you can see how far you’ve come in a few months. Patience is key!! Also, try to eat healthy, exercise and drink lots of water! Healthy hair grows from the inside out
 
– formerly F&B

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