5 Hair Habits to Leave in 2016

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

5, 4, 3, 2, 1! It's a brand new year. If one of your new year's resolutions is to have longer, stronger, healthier hair, there are a few habits you need to leave behind.

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Grow Long Natural Hair using African Threaded Extensions!


Nadine of GirlsLoveYourCurls writes:

This video is a step by step tutorial on African threaded extensions. It is a fantastic way to retain length, because it protects your hair while locking in moisture. I've used this technique to grow my natural hair several times and love it, because it's quicker to put in and take down than regular braids. I have not seen this technique anywhere on YouTube, so I wanted to share it.

How I Grew Long Natural Hair Using the 'Indian Oiling Method'



by HadassaH. of NappilyNigeriangirl.com

I'd like to share a method I've incorporated into my regimen to help me retain length.

My hair had been growing longer but I noticed that the older parts (the ends) would get dry and were prone to breaking off easily.

Usually at this point, I'd trim my hair, but since I decided to challenge myself to grow my hair to waist length, just because, I decided it was time to adapt length retention techniques into my regimen.
The henna and protein treatments had helped strengthen my hair and made it less porous overall, but it didn't stop my ends from getting dry.  And while the LOC method has proved effective in providing daily moisture, I felt I still needed more to reinforce my fine hair and make it stronger to withstand manipulation.

 late 2013

My quest for length retention led me to the 'Indian Oiling Method'.   I've been consistently using this regimen since 2013 and have made changes along the way to better suit kinky, curly hair of different textures with the help of feedback from the naturalistas around me.

This regimen is especially useful if you're suffering from unexplained dryness, brittleness, breakage, hair shed and dullness. Where this is excessive, please see your doctor.

During the period of adopting this regimen, it has really helped my hair by:

- preventing breakage and improving length (I was able to finally grow my fine hair down to my waist!)-- I have waist length hair!
- improving elasticity and strength
- improving sheen and softness
- improving moisture retention
- improving styling

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Black Seed Oil for Natural Hair Growth



What is Black Seed Oil?
According to Oil Health Benefits, Black Seed Oil has strong medicinal benefits when used as part of a regular regimen. This highly concentrated oil is made up of tiny black colored seeds that are commonly called "black cumin" but are scientifically called nigella sativa.

It is dissimilar from popular natural hair oils like coconut and olive oil because it is an essential oil. Natural lifestyle enthusiasts call this the "cure for everything except death."

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Preventing and Treating Natural Hair Damage #LikeABoss




Damage is a barrier that will prevent you from seeing hair growth. Your hair is actually growing all the time, but with damage in the way, your hair is breaking off at the same rate it is growing, which is why there will appear to be no growth progress.

You have to slow down the rate at which you damage your hair. Reduce is the word of choice used because it is impossible to eliminate all damage. Your hair is damaged to some degree every time you wash it, detangle it, and even touch it.

We will concern ourselves with the 4 types of damage that can occur and how to prevent these sources of damage altogether:

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Tips for Retaining Length


by Michelle of Radiant-Brown-Beauty 

Here are 25 things you can do to improve your natural hair and prevent damage.  The goal here- to keep your hair on your head with these tips for retaining length!

Not including the obvious elimination of chemical treatments, this list of tips for retaining length contains all you need to maintain a healthy head of hair. They are categorized by care/maintenance and styling.

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The Secret to Why Your Hair Stopped Growing


by Chelsea Satine of BlackNaps.org

Just kidding, there really is no secret! The answer is more obvious than you think (and it's retaining the growth that's the real problem).


I remember when I first went natural; my hair was such a priority. I made sure to abide by every natural hair rule and didn’t skip a step on washday. Over time I slowly started skipping steps and cutting corners, expecting the same results. It simply doesn’t work that way. Growing long natural hair is a process. Think of it as growing a plant: If you decide that you’ll water it when you want and constantly alternate between drought and flood, chances are you won’t get the results you desire. I’m back to following the most important rules: pre-pooing, deep conditioning and detangling only when wet/damp. If you’ve stopped, you should should start following the rules again.

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5 Natural Hair Growth Myths

 Photo Courtesy of Freddie
 
by Amanda

For years there has been misinformation about hair growth. Hair care is full of old wives’ tales that need to die. With the access to licensed cosmetologists who style curly hair and product chemists who formulate our products, it is time to get all of the facts straight. You no longer have to wonder if your efforts are in vain when you can seek the knowledge of those who have been formally educated paired with experience to confirm or deny tradition practices that have been passed through generations.
 
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4 Scalp Stimulators for Optimal Hair Growth

 


If you want healthy hair then you need a healthy scalp and that is pretty much what Dr. Samuels, Chief of Dermatology at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO surmises in his analogy: “There are several observations that would suggest the scalp is analogous to topsoil – that is, the thicker the topsoil, the better the grass will grow. This may be the case in the scalp. Healthy scalp skin with a normal pH and normal thickness of the epidermis and dermis will improve hair growth and/or decrease hair shedding.” A healthy scalp is necessary for hair growth, but it does not hurt to also find ingredients that not only heal but also stimulate the scalp for optimal hair growth.

There are ways to have both but one cannot exist without the other or if it does it will not be for long. If you want long curls and a soothing, healthy scalp then we have complied a list of our favorite four amazing ingredients that not only stimulate your scalp for optimal hair growth but also reduce inflammations, infections, and irritations.


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Remedies for Natural Hair Loss and Thinning


 by Sabrina via GlobalCoutureblog.net

First off, any woman who feels this is not the post for them needs to rethink her situation. While it is true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women. Yes, we can suffer from hair loss and thinning hair and here are a few reasons why:
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of protein
  • Hormones
  • Heredity
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Lupus (or other illnesses)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Styling
These are just a few reasons why some women experience hair loss or thinning hair and many of us will experience one or more of the symptoms above regardless of how hard we try not to.

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7 Ways to Get Past a Natural Hair Growth Plateau


 by Kanisha of BlackNaps.org

Have you ever experienced a hair growth plateau? It’s when your hair can’t seem to grow past a certain length: be it neck length, arm pit length, bra strap length etc. This is probably due to some practices (or lack thereof) in your natural hair care regimen.  If you are currently at a growth plateau, you’ll probably find that hair growth isn’t the problem: retaining length is (your hair may be breaking off as fast as it's growing). It’s also possible that your hair isn’t growing as full or as rapidly as it could depending on how well you take care of your hair. It’s tough to come to terms with the fact that your hair isn’t prospering, but once you take steps to address the issue(s), you’ll be well on your way to longer hair at its healthiest.

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This Ain't Yo Momma's Gray Hair...

a year's worth of growin'!

Omisade writes:

What a difference a year makes, right?  For me, being natural is not hard. 22 years in, I feel like a G for sure---on  most days.  Cutting my hair is not hard,  but navigating my hair through the transition of that "in between" stage can suck. Especially now that the texture and flow of my hair seems different since I am totally gray and 2 years from 50. Gray hair is ORNERY! It's dry, wiry, strong and pretty much likes to free style on a regular. Finding the "right' product and being willing to switch up my regimen has been key. Here's some things that have helped me. 

Get the Softest Natural Hair with the Baggy Method!



Read any curly forum, group, or blog, and you will quickly be faced with questions like: Where can I get the most moisture? What products will yield the most moisture? What’s the secret ingredient for moisture?

Having curly hair is a never-ending quest for hydration, and many naturals suffer from dry hair or brittle ends, which then lead to fragile hair and breakage. If you want to give your hair the best possible chance of retaining length and feeling its softest, then you need to keep your hair moisturized, with an emphasis on your ends.

5 Habits to Break for Growing Long Natural Hair


 by Roniece Wright @NaturalfromtheRoots by GlobalCouture

We all want to care for our hair as best as possible. We buy all the right products, stick to a healthy regimen, and pay attention to our hair’s needs. But sometimes, we get accustomed to practices that harm our hair instead of nurturing it. If we do these things consistently, they turn into  habits which can lead to major damage to our curls in the long run. Here are five bad hair habits to break!

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Protein Rich Products for Strong, Healthy Natural Hair


No matter the hair type, all hair needs a balance of protein and moisture. The protein is called keratin and whenever that delicate balance is off kilter, we tend to see breakage. Just like anything in life, you can’t have too much of one without affecting the other and our hair needs protein and moisture to stay healthy and look great.  Keeping the moisture/protein balance in check requires attention, and many naturals are quick to add moisture, but rather hesitant to add protein. Protein treatments help to “patch” cracked, chipped or missing cuticle in damaged hair and “gaps” in porous hair. Protein, when used correctly, temporarily shores hair up against environmental and mechanical damage. (Shelli, Split End Prevention)

Finding the right protein treatment depends on your hair’s needs and your hair maintenance so here are some great protein-enriched products to help your strands stay strong and healthy!

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6 Reasons Your Natural Hair is Not Longer



Diving into the natural hair world can be overwhelming at first. There are various products and tips that everyone claims can grow your hair or defy shrinkage. With all the products and acronyms in the natural hair community, it is easy to become overwhelmed if you are not acclimated to it. People tend to get so caught up in the hype of products or methods to grow their hair that they forget about the small changes that can make a big difference. Do not fret! Below are some small changes that could drastically affect your hair.

You're impatient
In today’s society people are constantly focused on getting results fast, whether it is exercising or achieving some goal. Natural hair is no different. People want their hair to grow to their desired length and they want it immediately. People will quickly purchase a product that claims to grow their hair fast and reduce shrinkage. Growing out your hair is a process that takes patience, learning the needs of your hair, and much trial and error. There will be frustrating days and rewarding days. Finding a regimen that work for you will improve the process of retaining length. It takes time and patience.

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Green Tea to Thicken and Strengthen Natural Hair

 

Matcha literally means “powdered tea” and it is a bright emerald-green tea powder. It is a finely milled green tea powder that was the staple ingredient in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies in the twelfth century. It is packed with healthy benefits and has a soothing distinct flavor. Matcha leaves are grown in several places, but the best comes from Japan and the most popular growing places are in the southern part of the country like Uji, Nishio, and Shizuoka. Touted as the highest quality powdered green tea available, the nutrient-rich young leaves are handpicked from the tips of the shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants. After being steamed and stemmed they are stone-ground into a delicate powder and stored away from direct sunlight and oxygen to preserve the color and antioxidant properties. When you are drinking matcha tea you are ingesting the entire leaf and receiving 100% of the nutrients in the leaf. That’s right, you are getting the more potent source of nutrients than regular green tea.
 
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How Amino Acids Prevent Hair Loss



Whether you are a seasoned natural veteran or a newbie who just had her big chop, chances are you have come across an abundance of information regarding all of the important factors that make for a healthy natural hair journey.

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How Does Minoxidil Stimulate Hair Growth and Slow Balding



According to the University of Chicago Medicine, men and women shed an average of 50 to 100 hairs per day, and 90 percent of hair grows continuously. The other 10 percent stays in a "resting phase" for a few months until it sheds. However, some people experience more shed hair, or hair loss, than others. A number of things contribute to hair loss, including aging, hormones, stress, and illness. Other lesser known reasons for hair loss include excessive vitamin A intake and pattern baldness caused by hats, headbands, or eyeglasses. It is typically more prevalent along the hairline, or vertex, of the scalp. 

Thankfully there are number of hair loss treatments available in the hair care or vitamin section of most grocery and wellness stores. Next time, take a look at the main ingredient on the box of each
product and you might notice one word that they all have in common: Minoxidil.

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A Hair Growth Pre-Poo Recipe!




Many curlies enjoy using the ingredients that we find in our kitchens to create or improve hair products. Kitchens are spaces that help us become more creative and find more solutions that can be affordable or improve the overall health of our hair and bodies. DIY recipes and hair cocktails are not strangers to the natural hair community. We are always on the lookout for new ingredients to use in our mixtures to help promote the health of our curls. Looking for a new ingredient? Look no further. This herb may surprise you just like it did for me. Coriander is an ingredient that can improve the overall health of hair.

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