Black women have beautiful hair with a unique texture. That said, it’s a common myth that they can’t do much to grow their hair if they wanted to. Urm, that’s not true at all! Afro hair can get longer just like any other type, and by taking care of your hair you can grow it faster than if you didn’t.
Of course, how fast and long you can grow it will depend on your own style of hair. But even so, when treated right, most women can do something to get their hair somewhat longer.
With that in mind, here is how to make your afro hair grow faster:
- Face reality about your current hair situation
- Know your hair cycle
- Identify the habits that make afro hair break
- Set your goals
- Washing and conditioning afro hair
- Trim the split ends
- Keep the heat away from your hair
- Keep your hair moisturized
- Eat healthy
- Watch the hair products you use
- Do not expose your hair to harsh weather conditions
- Find hairstyles that do not stress your hair
- Protect your hair when sleeping
- Form a hair care routine
- Be patient and consistent
Let’s look at each of the above in more detail.
Note: There’s nothing wrong with shorter hair if that’s what you prefer, there are plenty of great styles you can try with hair of any length. That said, if you want to grow it more, the below will help.
Face Reality About Your Current Hair Situation
It is time to face the truth. You have to admit that everything you have been doing to your hair has not worked. From the hair products to your hair care routine, it is time to let all of it go. In order to get long hair, you will have to start everything afresh. Another thing you should be aware of is the fact that how fast and long your hair grows is determined by your genes. There is no way to change that. However, this does not mean you cannot have long hair. What it means is that the time it takes for your hair to grow might be shorter or longer than that of your friend. Once you understand that, it will be easier for you to concentrate on making your hair long.
Know Your Hair Cycle If You Want To Grow It Faster
Hair growth has four cycles, anagen, catagen, exogen and telogen. Anagen is the growing phase. This is when the hair grows and the face can last between 2 to 7 years. The second phase is catagen, the regression phase. In this phase, the hair follicles shrink and detach from the dermal papila. This lasts for about ten days. The third phase is telogen, the resting phase. Here, the old hair rests while a new hair start the growth phase. This stage lasts for three months. The fourth and final stage is called exogen or the shedding phase. This represents the time when hair loosens up and gets shed.
Understanding these cycles is important. The growing phase is the most important. The maximum length your hair can grow is determined by the the growing phase. On average, hair grows a maximum of half an inch every month. This means that in an a year, your hair can increase with up to six inches assuming it is properly taken care of. If your hair growing phase only lasts two years, your hair can only reach a maximum height of 12 inches. If the growing phase is longer, then your hair can definitely grow longer.
Identify The Habits That Make Afro Hair Break
Hair breakage is a great enemy to afro hair growth. When your hair breaks, it cannot reach its maximum length. You will need to identify which of your habits make your hair break. One of the major habits that cause hair breakage is pulling hair. Most people are culprits of pulling their hair especially when styling. There are also those who love playing with their hair. These include twirling your hair with your finger or pulling the hair when stressed out. This puts stress on the hair and causes it to break. Another habit that is detrimental to hair growth is styling wet hair. This leads to mechanical breakage of hair. Excessive combing on a daily basis also leads to a lot of hair breakage. The best thing is to wait until the hair gets damp or completely dry. It is important to stop these habits so that you can see a difference in the length of your hair.