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Shareka R: Top 10 Tips For Healthy Hair Growth

1. Stop relaxing your hair
I hate to disappoint anyone but relaxers are not healthy for your hair. They weaken your strands and stunt your hair growth. If you’re having trouble transitioning go see a natural hair specialist to help you through the process.

2. Limit heat styling
Try using heat once every two weeks to a month in the fall & winter and once every 1-2 months in the spring & summer (if not at all). Tip for when you’re flat ironing your hair: try to avoid passing the flat iron through your hair too many times. I only pass through my hair once or twice using the “chasing method”and it always gets my hair bone straight!

3. Get regular trims
Personally I go get a trim once every 4-6 months. People are so hesitant to get trims because they feel like they’re loosing their length but the truth is getting regular trims promotes hair growth. Plus there’s nothing cute about unhealthy, see through(thin), split ends no matter how long your hair is.

4. Follow a healthy diet
 What you consume is very important for the strength, growth, luster, thickness, and overall health of your hair. Lots of water, protein, and vitamins(from foods and/or supplements) need to be included in your everyday diet. I will later discuss the different supplements I take daily in a separate post.

5. Deep condition
Deep conditioning is VERY IMPORTANT! It moisturizes, softens, and increases the shine, strength, and manageability of your hair. You should deep condition every time you wash your hair, for me its every two weeks.

6. Limit use of sulfate shampoos
Co-wash instead of shampooing. Co-washing is the act of washing your hair with only a conditioner or cleansing conditioner. Sulfates are extremely drying because they strip your hair of its natural oils. I only use sulfate shampoos when I have a lot of build up in my scalp.

7. Protein treatments
You should get a protein treatment once every two months, DON’T OVER DO IT. Too much protein will leave your hair dry, dull, and brittle; causing it to break off easily.

8. Moisturize
Once every two days moisturize your ends with a hair oil. I like to use 100% avocado or grapeseed oil because they’re light weight and non-greasy so they don’t weigh my hair down. Dry oils are great too.

9. Comb your hair properly
Always comb your hair starting at the ends and work your way up to the roots to prevent breakage. Combing your hair starting from the roots to the ends will only cause breakage.

10. Protect your hair properly
Try protective styling, personally I love referring to youtube videos for help from other naturalistas. When wearing a pony tail use the proper hair ties(NEVER USE RUBBER BANDS). When sleeping wrap your hair with a silk or satin scarf, or use silk or satin pillow cases to prevent dryness and breakage.

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I am not a professional, I’m just speaking from my own personal preferences. I have been natural for 6 years now and these are just the rules I follow to maintain healthy hair. Remember, what works for me may not work for you. Anyways, thanks for reading!
~xoxo Re
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