Looking for natural hair growth tips? In this article, I give you my top tips for healthy, growing curls, kinks and coils quickly and easily! This is not about a miracle product or technique – just everyday practices that have helped to keep my natural hair healthy, moisturised and growing the best that it can. To see my tips in video form, you can watch the video below:
The journey of growing my natural hair has been an interesting learning curve. Now I will admit, my learning curve has not been as steep as some naturalistas – my hair was natural for 28 years before any chemicals touched it – but I was always doing what I had been taught since childhood. I definitely was not aware of my curly texture or my hair’s need for moisture.
Fast forward to today, approaching three years post big chop and I have learnt a lot about what my natural hair needs to be healthy and retain its length. If you would like to download this natural hair growth information as a ‘cheatsheet’ then you can sign up to my Mailing List and receive it for FREE!
My advice for natural hair growth falls under two categories:
- Low Manipulation
1. Moisture for Natural Hair Growth
I spray my hair with water on a regular basis (for me, that’s daily!)
My spray bottle is essentially my best friend!
I cover my hair with a satin bonnet at night.
If your pillowcase is cotton, this is essential, as cotton sucks up every shred of moisture that it can. My satin bonnet comes from a wonderful company called SuperFunkyMe, they make amazing natural hair accessories and African-inspired jewellery. (If you really can’t stand bonnets or scarves, a satin pillowcase works wonders!)
I usually deep condition overnight.
Whilst I know that this is not a part of the ‘natural hair rules’ – my hair LOVES it! You don’t have to do this if it doesn’t work for you, but it works great for me.
I layer my products
I tend to use a creamy, water-based leave-in and a thick curling cream to give my hair hold and moisture that will last for days. Very watery or light products dont work well for me unless they are combined with another thicker product.
I use products which include nourishing oils
Whilst I don’t really use the L-O-C (leave-in – oil – cream) method in full, oils do have a place in my routine. I look out for products that contain nourishing oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil, Jamaican black castor oil and other natural oils – as these help to seal in moisture and make your hair healthier.
I wash my hair regularly (about every 7-10 days)
Nothing beats getting rid of product build up and drenching my hair in water. Nothing.
I use mostly sulphate-free shampoos
Sulphate shampoos don’t deserve the bad rap that they have gotten in recent years – they have their place! But overall, sulphate-free shampoos leave my hair clean, but also a lot more moisturised.
Click below to watch my Wash Day Routine for 2017!
2. Low Manipulation for Natural Hair Growth
I use a simple hair routine
Even though I showcase hairstyles on my YouTube channel my staple hairstyles are actually very simple: an afro/twistout for 3-4 days and a puff for about the same amount of time, until another wash day rolls around again.
I only wear tension hairstyles for a few days in a row
Puffs are a great go-to styling option but they can be tight on my hair! Hence why I only do them for a few days in a row, as they can cause breakage if used too often.
I use only wide tooth combs to detangle
Yes, fine tooth combs are BANNED!
I only detangle on deep conditioned hair
This is when my hair is the softest and the deep conditioner provides the slip that I need. On the very rare occasion that I have a deep conditioner with less slip, I use a leave-in with lots of slip instead.
I finger detangle as much as I can before using a comb
It’s not always practical to finger detangle. But my fingers can feel knots and tension a lot better than a comb can, so this method definitely helps to reduce breakage!
I try to reduce stress before I detangle my hair!
Woo-sahhh! I try to make washing my hair as relaxing as possible – taking stress or anger out on my hair leads to breakage!
I air dry my hair
Using less heat means that my hair retains a lot more moisture – giving that natural hair juiciness!
I try to keep permanent dyes to a minimum
I do love a good hair dye – but I try to make more use of semi-permanents than permanent dyes. Permanent dyes lift the hair’s cuticle and lead to brighter, more vibrant results – but their overuse can strip the hair of its moisture and elasticity.
I’m not afraid to trim!
Those dead ends have to go! Whilst trimming too often can stunt length retention, not trimming at all can mean that a more serious cut is required later! So I trim my hair anywhere between 4-6 months at a time, when I see the ends of my hair looking and feeling rough, or when I find more split ends than usual.
I hope that you find this list helpful, feel free to let me know if you will be incorporating any of these into your hair care routine, or if you have any to add!
Wishing you health, happiness and beautiful hair,