5 Things That Prevent Hair Growth


by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Last year was definitely a year of learning about my hair for me. I made some good hair habits, and some not so good, but all in all I can truly say that I know my hair much better now than I did at the beginning of the year.

Sometimes we don’t always pursue the best habits for our hair and let’s face it: we’re all human and sometimes our hair can’t take first place. But this year, let’s commit to being better to our hair and retaining as much growth as possible by leaving these hair habits behind me:

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Increase Natural Hair Growth with Dandelions



by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Dandelions are often seen as just being flowering weeds that are seen in the yard or coming through cracks in pavement. They are actually great for your health and have been used for centuries for that reason. Almost the entire plant is usable and edible.

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6 MONTHS OF GROWTH AND LENGTH RETENTION


by Jascmeen of Jascmeen.com

I didn’t realize until I looked through the selfie folder on my iPhone that I’ve had a pretty amazing six months growth wise. In the picture above, the left image is from September 2015, the center image was taken in November 2015, and the one on the far right is a recent pic from this month (March.)

Sorry to disappoint, but I haven’t been doing anything fancy. I’ve been keeping it pretty simple with a nighttime routine that only involves 2-3 products. (Funny how that’s considered “simple,” right?)

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Moringa Oil for Stronger, Longer Natural Hair


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Have you heard of Moringa Oil? I know you are probably thinking, 'Not another oil! How many can there be?!' Well let me tell you about Moringa and how she has helped my dry scalp and hair. Moringa oil is a powerful oil that has amazing benefits not only for your hair but for your skin too-- a two in one combo, and I’m here for it! Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds of Moringa oleifera, also known as the Drumstick tree which is found in Africa. Moringa oil is also known as Ben Oil, or Behen Oil. Here are some amazing benefits of Moringa Oil:

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A New Treatment for Women Who Suffer from Hair Loss


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair loss is a serious subject that far too many women face. Couple that with the recent study findings presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting that black women are more prone to hair loss and you see why we cannot seem to stop discussing it.

This new treatment is called PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and requires no surgery, no drugs and no expensive or messy ointments. While this treatment is new, the process of Platelet Rich Plasma is not. According to ABC News:

Should You Take Biotin Supplements?

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by Mary Wolff

We all want beautiful, healthy hair. If there were a pill that promised to give you healthy, strong hair, pretty nails, and promoted hair growth, would you take it? Of course, you would! This is the premise of biotin supplements. They claim to offer all of these benefits and many curlies are jumping on board with it. However, there are a few things we should keep in mind about biotin supplements before you try it.

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The Best Herbal Infusions for Strong and Healthy Natural Hair

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by Sointocurls via BlackNaps.org

Most likely, you may have heard of herbal infusions for health purposes. Because of the cancer-fighting properties of many herbs, many people regularly prepare and enjoy herbal concoctions for relaxation and medicinal purposes and also to satisfy their palates. But did you know that herbal infusions can also be used to strengthen and beautify hair?

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Promote Natural Hair Growth With Ginger!

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

In addition to being a delicious zesty complement to your sushi roll, ginger happens to have a great benefits for your hair. Ginger improves circulation which may in turn promote growth and its antiseptic properties make it an effective scalp soother as well as an all natural dandruff treatment.

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How I Achieved Long and Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair


Zara writes:

Hi!  I just wanted to share my 7 Do's for growing and retaining natural hair! I've used these practices to grow my hair long, thick, and healthy. They are my type 4 staples but they work very well for all hair types.

I hope you enjoy!

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Natural Hair Breakage- How You May Be Causing It

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With the new DIY wave many women are doing everything themselves, and when they decide to visit a salon, they may be unaware of how damaged their hair is. The primary complaints I encounter in the salon setting from women who have not visited a salon in a while, especially after going natural are “My hair is dry” or “My hair is not growing.” When women feel like their hair is not growing, I explain that the hair will always grow as long as they are living. Therefore, if they feel as if their hair is not growing past a certain length, the hair is breaking and we have to investigate why. I have found that these complaints are often a result of the misuse of conditioners or heat styling tools that can create different forms of damage.

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Vitamin D for Healthy Hair Growth

 

Throughout their journey, many naturalistas will board the "hair growth challenges" bandwagon. By hair growth challenges, I’m referring to three month long challenges that involve pills, pills, and more pills. They stock up on items like Hairfinity, The Mane Choice, or the generic Biotin complex brand. They believe biotin will be the answer to their hair growth problems. They may not realize, however, the role the common vitamin D plays in the process of strong hair growth and retention.

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Does an Itchy Scalp Mean Your Hair is Growing?

We’ve all had an itch that takes a while to go way and our scalps are no different. After noticing your fingers constantly making their way to your head, your mother, an aunt, or grandmother may have commented, “Oh, that means your hair is growing!”

Well, it’s true that your hair was growing, but an itchy scalp is not a sign of hair growth. Itchiness can actually signify that your scalp is not at its healthiest, which can negatively impact hair growth. Whether it lasts days or weeks, the cause of an itchy scalp can usually be tracked down. You just have to put on your detective hat to figure it out.

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If You Want Your Edges Back, Stop Doing This



Any woman can experience thinning, breaking, or balding edges. It is not just women who are relaxed, wear weave, or are older. There are numerous reasons why your hairline can thin. Hair loss is not confined to men; women actually make up 40% of Americans suffering from hair loss, according to American Hair Loss. Thinning edges can be upsetting and embarrassing, and many of us are haunted by pictures of super models with bare edges. So it is no wonder so many women are desperate for answers.

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How to Make Your Hair Glow and Grow With Caffeine

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

When we think of caffeine we most think of coffee, tea or even soda. We also think of the negative effects they can have on our bodies and how we can cut down on our usage but just like anything else, there is two sides to a story.

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6 Ways to Fix Damaged Natural Hair, Now.

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by Dr. Aziza Glass of Azizaglass.com

So your hair looks amazing and luscious…and then you look at your ends. Or maybe just less than 24 hours after spending all the time and effort into moisturizing your hair…it feels rough and sounds crunchy. If this sounds familiar, it’s most likely you have dry and damaged hair. Thankfully this is not the end of the world and you can bring your hair back to its luscious glory.

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This is the Effect of Vitamin A Supplements for Your Hair

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Wouldn't it be great if all our curly problems could be solved with one pill?

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Seven Reasons Why Your Hair Isn't Growing

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When you’ve been stuck with the same hair length for a while, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that your hair has stopped growing, but unless you’re suffering from a medical condition, rest assured--your hair is still growing.

The average hair growth rate is about half an inch every month, meaning we get about six inches of new growth every year. The reason your hair may seem like it’s not growing is because curly hair is so fragile that, if not properly taken care of, it may break at almost the same rate that it grows, if not more.

Here are some reasons why your hair growth seems to have stagnated:

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5 Reasons Your Natural Hair Is Not Retaining Length

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Many in the natural hair community are consumed with hair growth but the real concern should be on hair retention. Your hair IS growing and while there are four stages of hair growth, and while all are not growing phases, they continue throughout our lives.

While hair growth does slow down as we age, hair growth can be hindered by things like manipulation, weather, hormones, illness and medications, too. Despite all that, hair growth continues on in these four stages illustrated below:


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So, why is your hair staying at only one length? Your hair is not retaining length-- it's breaking off as fast as it's growing. Length retention is holding onto your hair longer and that means caring or keeping the oldest hairs (the ends) in better condition and healthier. If you are struggling with this, then are five reasons you are probably losing your length.

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Rejuvenate Your Natural Hair and Scalp with THIS Ingredient!

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Coffee is what gets me going in the morning but this amazing beverage should not just be limited to your morning Joe. Yes, coffee has excellent benefits for your skin and hair and since almost everyone has some in their home, it is easily accessible and ideal for DIY recipes. From hair rinses to scalp exfoliates, coffee is the gem you never realized you had or needed for healthy hair.

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How to Grow Long Hair: 8 Things You Should Never Do

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

How to grow long hair seems to be a mystery to so many new and veteran Naturals. For some, it’s a myth that only seems to exist on the likes of YouTube and Pinterest but not necessarily on their head. However, beautiful, long, natural hair is not a fairy-tale. Long, natural hair does exist, but these natural locks are not something that just happens overnight or by the luck of a braid or twist.

No, the women you see with long hair are consistent in their efforts, and while they undoubtedly did make a few mistakes along the way, they also learned what not to do along the path to growing long, natural hair.

Here are eight things you should NOT do when trying to grow long natural hair.

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