Most African Americans have hair that is thick, tightly coiled and quite fragile.  Its fragility, coupled with the harsh styling techniques that some African Americans use, can lead to excessive breakage and make it difficult to achieve noticeable hair growth.  Despite the challenges that African Americans experience when it comes to growing their hair, there are some ways to increase the chances of making it happen.

Minimise the use of heat

Many women of all nationalities rely on blow dryers, flat irons and other heated appliances to keep their hair looking good. However, excessive heat damages the hair, leading to dryness and breakage.  If you absolutely must use heat on your hair, try to keep the temperature as low as possible.  You should also ensure that a heat protectant is used, which will further reduce the likelihood of damage.  If you’re used to applying heat to your hair on a daily basis, then you might want to cut down to two or three days a week or create some new hairstyles that don’t require heat.

Reduce the use of chemicals

Chemicals can work wonders for keeping the hair straight or curly, but they can also be damaging. Chemical relaxers and hair dyes often cause the hair to become dry and brittle.  If you colour your hair or chemically relax it a lot, then you may want to use these products less frequently or choose a natural alternative.

Use the proper products

It’s important to keep your hair well-moisturized to keep breakage to a minimum, and many African-American women grew up believing that they must “grease” their scalps in order to keep the hair healthy, moisturised and more manageable.  African Americans have learned through trial and error that a small amount of product isn’t bad if used in conjunction with water and other moisturisers to help lock in moisture.  It might be a good idea if you try different types of moisturisers to find the one that works best for your hair.  What works well for one person may not work so well for another.

Wash hair and deep condition regularly

Keeping your hair clean is another important aspect of growing your hair, and allowing products to build up in the scalp can prevent healthy growth. It is also imperative that you deep condition your hair on a regular basis to strengthen your hair, making it healthier and better able to withstand various hairstyling techniques.  Of course the healthier your hair is, the more growth you will see.

Consider taking some speciality vitamins

If you want to accelerate your hair growth, then you might want to invest in some hair, skin and nails vitamins.  Supplements are a must if your diet isn’t properly balanced to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, essential fatty acids, whole grains and proteins.  These speciality vitamins provide adequate doses of biotin and other nutrients that can promote clear skin, healthy nails and long, beautiful hair.  The nutrients will not only benefit your hair but the hair follicles as well.  The healthier your hair follicles are, the more likely your hair is to grow.

Choosing a brand of hair vitamins is not difficult.  If you’re not sure which one is best, then researching and comparing the various brands that are currently on the market can be helpful.

Growing African-American hair long doesn’t have to be as challenging as many people believe it is.  It might be as simple as adding more nutritious foods to your diet or making the decision to go natural. As long as you’re willing to consider some alternate styling and general hair-care techniques, then you can grow your hair as long as you desire.