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Monday, May 26, 2014

10 STEPS TO GROW BLACK HAIR LONGER


USE A GENTLE SHAMPOO
Many common shampoo contain harsh sulfates that can strip your hair, causing it to become dry and eventually leading to breakage. Harsh sulfates include: Ammonium Laureth Sulfates, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Tea Laureth Sulfate, Tea Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Surfate.
These types of harsh shampoos should be used for clarifying only. A clarifying shampoo can be used once monthly, if at all. Clarifying shampoos can be used to remove excess buildup. The following sulfates are gentle and will not damage your hair: Polyoxethylene Fatty Alcohols, PEG 80, Sorbitan Laurate, Decyl Polyglucose, Cocamidoprpyl Betaine, Sodium Myreth Surfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

USE PROTEIN TREATMENTS TO REBUILD HAIR STRUCTURE AND STRENGTH
Your hair is about 88% protein. These proteins are of a hard fibrous type known as keratin. When hair is chemically straightened, these bonds are broken,causing the hair  to lose strength. If this protein is not replaced, it will eventually cause the hair to break. Egg treatments are effective protein treatment for black hair and usually stops breakage immediately. A protein treatment should be used every other week (for chemically relaxed or damaged hair). If using an egg treatment,heat should not be applied. The treatment should be applied to the hair and covered with a plastic cap for 60 minutes. If  using another type of protein product, it should be applied and covered with a plastic cap for 10-15 minutes. For  healthy hair a protein treatment  should be used every other week, alternating with a moisture treatment.

USE MOISTURE TREATMENTS
Moisture treatments help build hair's resilience and prevent breakage. If protein is not balanced with moisture, it can lead to breakage.a good it can be used  after your protein treatment. Or on alternating weeks(one shampoo do the protein, and then the other shampoo do the moisture.) This treatment may not leave your hair feeling as "smooth" as many conditioners that contain silicones. You can use any  instant  conditioner that you like after your treatments to get a smoother feel. Instant conditioners are not necessary and do not need to be applied with heat. if pre-shampooing is done, the moisture treatment can be skipped.

USE WATER AND OIL BASED MOISTURIZERS CORRECTLY
Your hair may be dry even though you are using a variety of moisture products on it. The reason is that oils and other moisturizing products that contain petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oil do not moisturize your hair effectively. Instead they seal moisture in or out of your hair. They should only be used to seal the hair and add shine. Water based moisturizers effectively penetrate and moisturize the hair.
You can also try applying your oil moisturizer after rinsing the moisture treatment to combat dryness. Use a light oil moisturizer following the application of these water based moisturizer to seal moisture in the shaft.


USE VITAMINS TO INCREASE YOUR GROWTH RATE AND LENGTHEN YOUR NATURAL GROWTH PHASE
Hair grows at an average rate 1/2inch  per month. Your hair vitamin should contain nutrients such as biotin and folic acid that make your hair grow faster. Also, they should contain MSM which lengthens your natural anagen, or growth phase. This allows your hair to grow much longer. Your anagen phase, or growth phase, genatically determined and limits the maximum length that your  hair can reach. The hair growth phase(anagen phase) is one of three phases (growth, resting, and shedding) your hair goes though during its cycle. For example,a  person with a 2 year anagen may only grow hair to their shoulders before it enters the resting phase. On the other hand,a person with a 4 year anagen will grow hair down their back before it enters the resting  phase. Learn how hair finity vitamins can help your hair grow longer.

COMBING
Use a wide tooth comb.

USE A SATIN SCARF/PILLOWCASE FOR SLEEPING
Cotton scarves and pillowcase can absorb much needed moisture from the hair. Satin does not have this effect. It allows your hair to retain moisture, while protecting it from friction and damage.

LIMIT HEAT STYLING TO ONCE WEEKLY AND USE THERMAL PROTECTANTS
Heat styling can damage your hair, especially if done too often. When you straighten your hair with heat, you are temporarily altering the protein bonds in your hair and weakening it. A good thermal protectant that can be used when flat ironing hair is Silk Elements Mega Silk Heat Protection Spray. It should be sprayed directly on each section of hair just before it is flat ironed.

WEAR PROTECTIVE STYLES
To minimize breakage and retain moisture, try wearing your hair in a protective style at least 3 days a week. Protective styles are those which do not expose the ends, such as buns and French twists

PROPERLY NEUTRALIZE AFTER APPLYING CHEMICAL RELAXERS
When you relax your hair, you need to make sure you properly neutralize. You will first wash all relaxer out with water. Wash with neutralizing shampoo at least three times. Then apply the neutralizing shampoo once more and let sit for 10 minutes. Then wash and proceed with conditioners and styling.


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