Natural Hair Growth Secrets That You Need

Written by Lynda Ndubuaku

10/21/2021 4:58 PM


Did you know that the average human’s hair grows 0.5 inches in a month and about 6 inches a year? It is safe to say that the hair grows faster when adequately taken care of, and you also go through your hair growth journey patiently.


 Providing enough nutrients for your hair is the top-secret to its growth. What exactly is the proper nutrient for your hair? What other tips can help your hair grow? These are the questions that bother every human who is keen on their appearance (hair). We all want to grow our hair for different reasons, and one of the most significant reasons is to improve the texture and physical look of the hair. Whether you have long, short or afro hair, it’s part of self-care and personal hygiene to ensure your hair is adequately taken care of.  


The hair growth secrets are in no particular order. Choose the tip that applies best depending on your hair type (long or short hair) 


Eat your protein 

If anyone told you protein only helps you get taller or builds your muscle, they obviously missed the vital part. Protein helps your hair grow naturally. When it comes to hair growth, factors like genetics and age play a significant role in how our hair turns out. When you’re getting older, the hair starts to thin out and also, some people come from a family with scanty hair genes. While you cannot twist your age or adjust genetics, you can get your hair game right with the food you eat. Consuming the wrong diet affects your hair growth. 


The best types of protein to consume for your hair is eggs, fish, avocados, sweet potatoes, nuts, beans, meat and berries. Always find a way to infuse one of the following into your breakfast, dinner or lunch. Lack of protein and other vital vitamins causes hair loss, so eat more protein today. 


Castor Oil 


Castor oil contains proteins, vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants. Massaging drops of castor oil into your hair helps your scalp and promotes hair growth. Castor oil is an extract from castor beans, and it has proved helpful in the natural growth of hair. While massaging castor oil into your hair, ensure to reach the scalp to promote blood circulation, which is essential for hair growth. Castor oil moisturises hair strands and also creates room for other hair products to penetrate. This is to say that castor oil is a good base for other hair products. Use hair products that have castor oil as a primary nutrient to get double the product’s benefit. 


One of the best benefits of castor oil is that it attracts dirt and proceeds to cleanse it out of the hair follicle. It is best to use castor oil twice a week on your hair. Also, run a patch test before using it on your hair. If you have a sensitive scalp, warm the oil by rubbing your palms with the oil inside. Massage on your hair for about 10 minutes. 


Trim regularly 


It sounds like the worst advice since you are trying to grow your hair,—right? Before you trim your hair, there are things to put into consideration. When trimming your hair, consider the length, texture and type of hair you have. Remember that the hair grows  0.5inches every month, so it is advisable to trim your hair every 3 to 4 months if your hair is below shoulder length and every six weeks if you have short hair. By trimming the ends of your hair, you avoid split ends; you give way for new growth. It also makes your hair look radiant and healthier. The best way to trim your hair is by visiting your barber or hairstylist. If you decide to trim your hair yourself, be careful not to go lengths beyond what you should. 


Wear a protective style

The name “protective” tells everything the hairstyle should be. A protective hairstyle helps keep every strand of your hair safe from elements found in the environment, and these styles protect your hair from climate conditions, manipulation and offensive materials.  By making a protective hairstyle (braids, cornrows, faux locks, Bantu knots), you keep your hair length in check and avoid hair damage.


 Wigs are also a protective style for your hair but ensure you wear a wig cap to avoid friction on your edges/baby hair. The good thing about protective styles is that you can wear them out with no worries. At the end of every day, wear a silk bonnet over your protective hairstyle. 


Comb/Brush your hair. 


By combing your hair, you promote blood circulation on the scalp of the hair, promoting natural hair growth. Combing your hair activates the sebaceous gland, responsible for producing natural oils on the scalp. Natural oil is essential for a healthy scalp. Also, by combing your hair, you distribute the products into your hair. Combing your hair immediately after washing also helps to detangle from the roots, therefore, reducing hair breakage.


Combing the hair can serve as exfoliation as you get rid of dead skin cells and follicles at the root of your hair. It is best not to comb your hair when it is completely dry as it will hurt the scalp. Use an afro comb or a wide-tooth comb for your hair if you have short hair boar bristles, as it also helps with hair growth. 


Be Patient


Hair growth is equivalent to skincare. You cannot use a product today and expect to see results immediately.  If you constantly check the length of your hair, you might get discouraged to stay consistent with your hair journey. Be kind to your hair and feed it the proper nutrients. Also, remember that what you eat on the inside reflects on the outside. Find the best vitamin that works and use for your hair (I recommend vitamin A, B,  C & D and biotin diet). 


What hair tip works most for you? 


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