1. Know, so you can grow.
Do you know your hair? Not just whether it's 4C or 3A, but really know it. What types of products does your hair love? Everyone should stay away from parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl), but how does your hair react to other ingredients? Before you start buying miracle oils, get to know your hair. What works for your girl may not work for you.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. And then moisturize again. To hydrate hair and keep it growing, deep condition weekly. Deep conditioning brings life back to limp strands and revitalizes curls. hair that is regularly deep conditioned is more manageable, softer, and longer, because it's less prone to breakage. Deep condition weekly and keep hair healthy with oils like coconut and jojoba or raw shea butter. Massaging your scalp with castor oil also helps to stimulate growth.
3. Get frequent trims.
Like rapper O.T. Genasis reminds us, sometimes you need to cut it. "Hair typically only grows about a quarter of an inch — to a half an inch max — a month," says celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend. "If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims."
4. Baby your hair.
That means no more daily flat ironing. No more sleeping without a satin pillowcase, bonnet, or scarf. No more using a bath towel to dry your strands--try a microfiber towel or "plopping" with an old t-shirt. To grow longer, healthier, hair, you've got to take care of it.
5. And don't forget to protect it.
Switch up the placement of your ponytail or headband. Those cute elastics that hold your puff shouldn't be placed in the same spot every day--that's how I got some of the worst breakage ever. Switch your style, and don't be afraid of protective styling. A 'do that hides your ends keeps them safe from breaking and shedding. Braids, buns, and even a properly installed weave can help to protect your hair.
Long, healthy hair won't happen overnight, but with these 5 tips, your growth will be unbelievable.