Question: Can you please tell me your method of how you grew your hair, and how long it took, because i want to regrow my hair naturally, thank you.
Answer: Hi. My method began when I realized that the problem wasn’t that my hair wasn’t growing, it was breaking off. So instead of focusing on how to help it grow, because it was already growing, I decided to focus on how not to break off my hair. Then I started analyzing all of the things that I was doing to take care of my hair. I looked at how I washed it, styled it, what products I used on it, etc. I looked at whether or not my hair was breaking when I handled it, and I changed my routines to work with my hair so that it stopped breaking off.
For example, my old hair washing routine would be:
1. Take down hair
2. Wet hair, apply shampoo, scrub scalp, rinse
3. Repeat step 2
4. Apply conditioner, rinse
5. Towel dry, then comb through hair
Realizing that I needed to make some changes, I decided to look at the products I was using. I’ve never really been a product junkie. When I was younger I would use whatever was in the house, then when I got married I used my husband’s brand (St. Ives), and later on I decided to go more natural, and started using a natural liquid castile soap as my shampoo. During this time I had noticed that my hair was never really soft, but I didn’t think about it too much. It wasn’t until I started really taking a look at my hair care practices, that I decided to change my method, and change my hair products. I tried different natural shampoos (Jason’s, Nature’s Gate) but none of them really worked out for me. So I formulated my own brand (Northwest Scents™) which has made the difference for me in how my hair feels and how easy it is to work with.
Then I looked at my hair washing and conditioning method. My old method caused hair breakage due to the type of shampoo I was using, and because I would comb through my hair after I was done washing and conditioning it. I discovered that the best time to comb through natural, textured black hair is when the hair is wet and has something it in that allows a comb to pass through easily (like a rich natural conditioner).
Now my hair washing routine is:
1. Take down hair
2. Section into braids.
3. Wet hair, and wash each braid individually.
4. Condition each braid individually.
5. While hair is still wet, in braids, and with conditioner in it, detangle each braid individually.
Even though my new routine is more work, it isn’t as much work as it looks like, and it is easier on my hair. This has resulted in reducing hair breakage, which has resulted in hair growth. I talk more about my routine, and other things that I do in my book – Twelve Steps For Growing Black Hair.
As far as a time frame, once I started using my new method, I saw a difference in 30 days. It wasn’t a huge difference, because hair only grows 1/4″ to 1/2″ a month. But I still saw a difference. I could tell that my hair was getting longer because I could see a little bit of growth. I also wasn’t loosing as much hair as before. It took longer to see a dramatic difference because I still had some things to change. I loosened up my hairstyle and I stopped using brushes. This has helped my hair to grow back along my hairline where I had lost some hair.
Twelve Steps For Growing Black Hair is now available at Amazon.com. So, if you are an Amazon shopper, and you’d like to get a copy of our book, you can order it through Amazon. Or, if you prefer to shop in person, and you have a favorite bookstore that you would like to support, you can give them the ISBN number (1435725158) and they should be able to order a copy for you.
Question: I was wondering if hot combing would work for me so I tried it, however, the hot combing style doesn’t last on my hair for more than two days, my ends are also very resistant. Is it because it was done incorrectly or it needs to be done more frequently? My hair is typical african american hair however much more kinkier/dry than normal and relaxers easily damages it after many usages. Thanks a lot.
Answer:. Hi. My goal in writing about hot combing is not to convince all black women that they need to wear their hair straight, it is simply to show another method of taking care of our hair without chemicals or synthetic hair. What I have found with hair straightening is that the products you use on your hair and the tools you use to press your hair really make a difference. Here are some tips that have worked for me:
1. The products that you use make a difference. I have gotten the best hair growth after I started using Northwest Scents products, because these are designed to be very moisturizing and gentle. My hair doesn’t press “bone” straight, but it is much softer and easier to detangle than it was before.
2. The tools that you use make a difference. If you choose to straighten your hair I recommend an electric pressing comb or a flat iron at a temperature that will gently straighten your hair, but not cause it to burn or to become permanently straight. For me that is setting 14 on my comb with 20 settings. Lately I have been experimenting with a flat iron. The brand I am using is Solia. The flat iron will get your hair much straighter than the pressing comb, but you have to be really really really careful with it because it gets much hotter than the pressing comb, and I think it has a greater potential to do irrepairable damage to the hair if it is used improperly. If you decide to experiment with a flat iron, please keep the temperature low.
3. The condition of your hair makes a difference. If you are trying to press hair that is in a weakened state from chemical relaxers or something else, you will not get the best results. You should first focus on nuturing your hair back to health, without chemicals, and then if you still want to press your hair, try it. I do not have any chemical treatments in my hair.
I’ve written a book which details the steps that I have used to help my hair grow. The book is titled Twelve Steps For Growing Black Hair. In this book I discuss the twelve steps that have helped me to grow longer, healthier hair naturally, without relaxers. The book discusses how to wash, condition, and style natural Black hair to prevent breakage and encourage growth.
Here is the table of contents for this book:
Step 1. Understand What You Have: A look at what makes Black hair unique
Step 2. Learn How To Tell When You Are Breaking Off Your Hair
Step 3. Use The Right Hair Care Products: What to look for in the products you use on your hair.
Step 4. Use The Right Hair Care Tools: Information about hair tools and which ones to avoid, which ones to use, and which to use carefully.
Step 5. Wash Your Hair Properly: How to wash your hair to prevent or reduce breakage.
Step 6. Detangle and Condition Your Hair Properly: How to detangle and condition your hair to reduce breakage.
Step 7. Chemical Free Straightening: A look at thermal pressing and how to do it without damaging your hair. This section also looks at mechanical straightening
Step 8. Styling For Growth: When it comes to styling, simple is better. This section contains advice on styling your hair to prevent breakage.
Step 9. Daily Maintenance – Combing and Sleeping In Your Hair
Step 10. Taking Vitamins For Your Hair
Step 11. Accepting What You Have
Step 12. When You Find What Works For You, Stick With It!!!
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Some people mistakenly believe that the products you use on your hair don’t make a difference. I have found the opposite to be true, especially when it comes to black hair. I have done research in the area of cosmetic science for the past several years, and in doing so I have developed a line of products which I use to take care of my hair. This line consists of a shampoo, hair oil, and hair conditioners. I designed these products to gently cleanse and condition my hair (dry, kinky, type 4c hair) and make it more manageable. These products are made using natural vegetable oils and essential oils, and are free from petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin wax, harsh detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate, and artificial colors. Click here to see the products.