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In this one I’m sharing how I do my hot oil/pre poo treatment and how I easily turn it into a deep conditioning treatment when needed. This treatment is great for all hair types and definitely caters to dry, frizzy, or damaged hair. Applying this treatment to your hair routine regularly will give noticeable improvement in hair growth, a healthy scalp, moisturized hair, and length retention. 

Hair Growth/Retention

So lately I’ve been seeing everybody posting about how to grow longer healthier hair and so many people have been posting about hair growth pills and what not. That has sparked my interest in finding natural alternatives to growing your hair and retaining the length you obtain because truthfully length retention is equally important as growth. You can grow all the hair you want but with out the retention of that length you won’t see any progress.  

So after some research I’ve found a few tips that I’m going to try and see if these things actually work.

Care and Maintenance

1) Use sulfate free products. While sulfates help clean the hair they also strip the hair of it’s natural moisture drying it out.

2) Pre-pooing (pre shampoo) using extra virgin olive or coconut oil. For those of you unfamiliar with pre-pooing it’s similar to doing a hot oil treatment where you apply the oil to your scalp and the length of your hair, let it sit for about 30 minutes (or longer if you’d like) and then rinse out and shampoo like normal. The purpose of pre-pooing is

  • helps in detangling
  • nourishes the scalp and hair
  • keeps hair moisturized during washing
  • prevents hair from being strip during the wash process

 (I’ll make a separate post on how to pre-poo, very simple though)

3) Deep Condition after every wash. One of the things you want to keep in mind about your deep conditoner is that the first ingredient needs to be water. A great way to do this is by adding heat with the use of a conditioning cap and sitting under a hooded dryer for about 15-20 minutes. These are a few of my favorite:

4)Keep ends trimmed. The one major mistake people make is trimming their ends to often. I like to dust my ends ( Trimming and Dusting Natural Hair ) as needed only.

5) Sleeping with a silk cap or pillow case. 

6) Air drying or using a old shirt to dry my hair, no towels.

Styling

7) Protective/low manipulation styling to retain length ( mostly braids, buns, roller sets, wash and go’s and occasionally straight styles)

8) Fingering detangling vs. using combs. I’ve noticed that my curls respond much better to finger detangling than be combed. My hair has less frizz, less breakage and styles better.

9) Using the LOC method ( LOC Method Explained by iknowlee ) to lock in moisture.

10) Using minimal heat. A great way to dry your hair and help to retain moisture is by doing the LOC method above and then put you hair in a few large two strand twist. If you don’t want to wear the twist out you can always cover your hair with a cut hat (one of my favorite ways to wear my hair.

I will be trying these things and I will keep you updated on the progress because I think that there are other alternatives to these expensive hair pills.

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How I was able to grow my natural hair over 20 inches long =)

I have been natural for four years and have been able to retain an average of 20 inches of growth.

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Putting your hair in a protective style doesn't mean that it will grow faster.

A protective style helps to RETAIN LENGTH, that is the most important thing. If you don’t RETAIN LENGTH then it will seem as if your hair is not growing, when this isn’t the case.

Many people have the misconception that if they wear a protective style for 2 months, their hair will grow 2 inches.

If you’re doing this, you’re going to have a lot of breakage to a point where it looks like your hair hasn’t grown. Even if you’ve had them for 6 weeks and they still look fresh, take them out!!!

It is also vital that you moisturise with water, oils etc. whilst your hair is in a protective style so that you’re taking care of your hair underneath (if you’re wearing braids or whatever)

Hope this helps💖✨
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How To Grow Your Natural Hair With Braid & Twist Extensions

Braid and twist extensions are great protectives that can help you retain length - but you must install and maintain them correctly.

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A Complete Week In My New Hair Washing Routine

Naptural85 writes:

This is my NEW Natural Hair Washing Routine for Hair Growth and Moisture Retention! I’m still in the testing stages of this, but a lot of you guys wanted the details, so after months of doing this routine, I’ve finally put this video together for you. It shows a COMPLETE week in this routine, as well as some Do’s, Don'ts, and things to avoid so you have a positive experience. There’s also a bit about the “Water Only Washing Method”! It took me a really long time to get this all together for you guys so I really hope you enjoy it, and most importantly, I hope it helps!