Tips on How to Grow Long African American or Ethnic Hair: The Do's and Dont's

Published: 18th July 2007
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We have all heard and seen the horror stories, African American hair that is splitting from the roots to the ends, looks dry and brittle, and is hard to comb. We have also seen African American hair that looks matted or even thin and greasy. Nevertheless, we all have also seen "hope"---the image or physical encounter with an African American woman who has long, thick, strong, shiny African American, Ethnic, or Curly hair. Her hair is moisturized and healthy. It has body and is not gelled to death or spritzed out of control. How did she do it? Was she just extra blessed? No.

For decades, creating a beautiful African American crown of glory has been seen as some kind of misnomer. How can one unlock the secrets of long Black hair? How can one experience ultra black hair growth? The list goes on and on. Growing black hair is not hard. Black hair can and does grow. Yet, certain styling techniques and products are needed to cause more fragile African American hair to grow.

Rule #1: Employ the Right Shampooing and Conditioning Techniques

1) Use the right products. Do not use shampoos with sulfates or silicones. Although some Black women can experience hair growth no matter what product they use, 90% of black women (and men) have drier hair that requires all that natural oils it can get. Shampoos that contain sulfates, any derivative, glycols, and silicones (any ingredient that ends in CONE), take moisture away from black hair. This facilitates hair breakage, brittleness, and dryness. It can also create scalp conditions for some people. Beauty 4 Ashes A Double Portion Super Gro Shampoo is an excellent choice for curly textured, African American hair. It is all natural and contains natural and essential oils to stimulate Black hair growth. Plus, black hair needs oils anyway. While working in the hair care industry, I noticed many hair regeneration specialists who use the A Double Portion products and had results with their African American clients. You can find Beauty 4 Ashes products in certain salons, at their website (wwwdiscoverb4acom), or even on Ebay.

2) Shampoo your hair weekly. I know many African Americans shampoo their hair a lot less than once a week; however, to keep the hair follicles opened, stimulate blood circulation to the scalp, facilitate growth...and reduce hair build-up, scalp conditions, and germs...African American should wash their hair once a week. Men can wash more often. If you are using the right shampoo, you will not strip your hair of the natural oils it needs to grow and thrive.

3) Condition your African American hair. To grow black hair, you must give it moisture. Without moisture, it cannot thrive. Aubrey Organics GPB Protein Conditioner (wwwaubreyorganicscom) and Beauty 4 Ashes Super Gro Conditioner (wwwdiscoverb4acom) are excellent for increasing Black Hair Growth, maintaining hair moisture and restoring strength and shine. Plus, Beauty 4 Ashes Super Gro Conditioner actually contains over 15 ingredients that stimulate hair growth. Both products are all natural and should be used at least weekly.

Rule #2: Watch How You Comb Your Hair: No No's For Black Hair Growth

1) Combing Your Hair. I know many African Americans grew up brushing their hair; however, brushes, even plastic ones and ones made from boar bristles, can rip the hair, cause stress, and cause breakage. Thus, brushes are a no-no for longer, Black Hair. Instead, buy a large tooth comb with no ridges between each individual comb. Goody usually makes quality hair combs for Black hair. Do not use fine tooth comb.

2) Ripping Out Your Hair Growth. Watch Your Hands and Your Hair Dressers. Comb your hair from the bottom up, especially after shampoos. This will avoid tangles. Section your hair to comb it out and always apply some form of moisture to your hair before combing it. You don't need a heavy cream. In fact, you should avoid mineral oil or petroleum based greases or hair lotions. But, use something similar to Carol's Daughter's hair milk (wwwcarolsdaughter) or Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead Follicle Fuze Hair Butters and Puritea Tea-Rific 10 Hair Lotion (wwwdiscoverb4acom). When at the salon, tell your hairdressers to not pull your hair or comb it from the top down. This will cause more breakage.

3) Moisturize your scalp with light hair oils and butters, not greases. Try olive oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil.

Rule # 3: Lay Off the Chemicals and Heat.

1) While blow drying makes African American hair easier to comb and style, try to limit it to once a month. Braiding your hair is great alternative to straightening your hair with a blow dryer.

2) If you must blow dry, start at the ends and then go to the roots. Apply a nozzle to quicken the straightening process.

3) Do not overprocess the hair with relaxers or texturizers. If your African American hair already has chemicals on it, such as a relaxer, do not apply more chemicals, such as hair dyes and rinses.

Your hair can grow and you can have great, beautiful long hair. For best results, use products such as Beauty 4 Ashes A Double Portion products (wwwdiscoverb4acom) or Aubrey Organics (wwwaubreyorganicscom).

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