How To Grow Long, Healthy Natural Hair (Kinky, Curly and Coily Hair)
How To Grow Long,
Healthy Natural Hair
How To Grow Long, Healthy Hair
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The Hair Rule
Since I started managing natural hair in early 2011 I
have learnt that there is only one rule:
You are the
QUEEN of YOUR
KINKS, CURLS & COILS
Any tips you hear from anybody are suggestive;
you can try them, but if they don’t work for you,
Table of Contents – Of Full
Growth Potential .....................6
Maximum Hair Growth………....7
2. Wash & Condition................11
3. Chemicals to Avoid..............16
4. Moisturizing Dry Hair.........21
5. Stimulating Growth........ ....31
6. Heat and Your Hair............34
8. Combing and Handling…...42
10. Hair Styles for Length.......48
13. Frizz Control......................55
15. Building A Regimen…..……65
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In March 2011 I encountered severe hair breakage for no apparent
I got scared, stopped relaxing my hair and decided to transition to
18 months later, I could tie my hair all in one place and
importantly, it looked healthy.
Here, I share everything I learnt about growing long, healthy hair.
18 months natural
Natural hair comes in four main "types”: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Type 1 is completely straight hair. It doesn’t have any subsets.
Most black people have type 4 hair. This can be further broken
down into: 4a, 4b, 4c. Some have more loosely curled 3C hair.
The type in itself does not matter. What does matter is
the impact of type on how the hair should be handled.
All type 4 hair is very curly/kinky but type 4C is the
most kinky and most vulnerable to breakage.
If you have very kinky hair, treat it with great care and reverence.
Kinky, curly and coily hair is a little more prone to breakage than
straight hair because the bonds in hair are slightly weaker at the
Any harsh treatment or harsh chemicals will lead to breakage and
will result in less retention of hair length.
On average, hair grows a maximum of 0.5 inches per month. You
can expect 3 to 5 inches of growth per year (after trimming).
Maximum Hair Growth
Hair does not grow forever.
On average the growth cycle is 4 to 7 years. This limit is set by
genetics and cannot be changed.
The growth cycle can be as short as 1 year and as long as 10 years!
If your growth rate is 4 inches/year and your genetic limit is 5 years
the maximum you can achieve is 20 inches of hair (before trims).
If you have fast hair growth of 6 inches/year but your cycle is only
one year, your hair will not grow beyond 6 inches.
A little less with trims to keep the ends neat.
Almost 3 years natural
Detangling is the one crucial stage of
natural hair management that does not
exist when you have relaxed hair.
o Only detangle moist plasticized hair.
o Finger-detangle first.
o Use a wide-tooth comb not a rattail comb.
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Wash & Condition
Kinky, curly and coily hair is very
vulnerable to dryness.
A wash every 7 to 10 days with a gentle,
sulfate-free shampoo is enough.
Co-washing in-between shampoo days is
great if you want to wash more often.
The longer your hair gets, the less often
you need to wash it because hair tangles
become a big issue and
the dry hair problem worsens.
Chemicals to Avoid
The only way to verify the quality of a
product is to read the label and understand
Some ingredients dry out and tangle hair.
Some ingredients are bad for co-wash only
Don’t fall for marketing gimmicks.
You’ll normally get better quality from
companies dedicated to natural hair rather
than relaxed hair manufacturers
monetizing the “natural” opportunity.
4. MOISTURIZING DRY HAIR:
NO MORE DRY HAIR!
Moisturizing Dry Hair: Water
Water is the supreme
DEEP condition weekly
with a proper deep
conditioner to replenish
Use pH balanced
Seal hair moisture in
using the LOC or LCO
Going Heat Free
Use heat cautiously.
Heat damaged hair loses it’s
kinky, curly form.
Heat damage is not reversible
and will ultimately have to be
cut off because the straight
strands won’t blend with your
kinks and curls.
Excessive heat use is likely to
also lead to increased rates of
A healthy diet is key to growing
long, healthy hair.
A nutritional supplement will
help but it won’t make up for
an atrocious diet.
A supplement will normally
make more difference in winter
when it’s hard to get enough
Dry Hair HATES Combs!
Avoid combing dry hair,
it’s likely to break.
…but wet hair is also
weaker than dry hair.
Damp / well moisturized
hair is best suited to
combing for naturally
kinky or curly hair.
Finger detangle before
using any combs or
Twist your hair before bed to avoid matted,
To prevent breakage from friction with
your pillow/mattress sleep on a satin
pillowcase or with a satin cap on your head.
Cotton pillowcase are not ideal for natural
hair – too much friction.
Hair Styles For Length
Protective hairstyles will help you to retain
more hair length.
Protective styles are hair styles that involve
pulling your hair up so it doesn’t rub
against clothing and (ideally) hides the hair
ends, e.g. braids or updos.
Protective styles are most critical when the
weather is bad, i.e. extremely hot, very
cold, windy or raining.
Braiding To Grow Hair
Thin or heavy braids will pull out your hair,
Braid hair when it is at its strongest not
when it is already weak and damaged.
Don’t neglect your hair whilst it’s braided.
Wash and deep condition braided hair
weekly and moisturize it too!
Try not to keep braids in for over 8 to 9
Give hair a break between extensions
– at least two weeks before rebraiding.
During winter wear hats and scarves when
you are outside. This is the single best
thing you can do for your hair during
When you are on a long-haul flight take a
hat or even better, your satin night cap,
onto the plane with you!
Don't rub or ruffle your
o Pat dry with a cotton
shirt or microfiber
o Or squeeze water
gently down your hair.
Section hair to make
(just over a year natural)
How To Trim Natural Hair
When to do it: on wash day.
What type of scissors to use: very sharp ones.
How to do it:
After you have rinsed out both shampoo and conditioner, apply your leave-in
conditioner or moisturizer.
Using a wide-tooth comb make sure your hair is well detangled before you twist
it for air drying.
Twist your whole head. Once twisted trim the end of each twist.
Will your hair be even? It will be even enough.
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