Look sis, life is too-dang-short to be walkin' around with a head full of struggle strands and faulty follicles. Ya heard me? (Birdman voice)
Be honest... Are you struggling to grow your hairs as fast as you'd like to?
Are you tired of seeing other women show off their miracle growth pics and feeling like you never really know the FULL STORY as to HOW they are growing and keeping hair such healthy, beautiful hair?
You ain't alone honey.
We get women writing in to BlackHairOMG all the time asking about certain hair growth regimens or hair health products for growth.
Well... Let's get right into it. These 10 hair growth mistakes are VERY common, and they need to stop so that your hair growth can start.
The 10 Deadly Hair Growth Sins
#1 - Trusting Your Hair Growth To a Stylist
YOU need to take responsibility for LEARNING WHAT YOUR HAIR NEEDS. Your stylist may love you to death, but they will never care about your hair as much as you do.
Many stylists are more concerned with THEIR OWN COMFORTABLE HABITS when doing hair, often they are not willing to listen to you about what you need and then ACTUALLY DO IT.
You ever find yourself getting talked out of what you wanted her to do? It happens all the time. Many feel like a mama, talking to kids who don't know what's good for them.
BUT IF YOU STUDY YOUR HAIR, you will know what's good for you and you might be better off just doing it yourself.
They are not with your hair 24-7, you are. So please equip yourself with the knowledge. Test different oils, creams, regimens.
Write your experiments in a journal, track your successes and failures and piece together the PERFECT plan of action. You are your best hope for finding your hair growth keys.
Sin #2 - Not Paying Attention To Your Hair Product Ingredients
Avoiding harsh chemicals is a must, if you don't recognize the first 3
ingredients on the label, it's probably not something you should put on your scalp.
An example of a GREAT ingredient list with natural and organic products that help hair instead of hurt it, she was reading the ingredient list for Fro Butter with Emu Oil. Excellent example!
Sin #3 - Not having a WEEKLY Hair regimen
Having a weekly hair regimen that you follow gives you the STRUCTURE and consistency needed to start growing hair like a BOSS.
Sin #4 - Not LISTENING To Your Hair
Having a weekly hair regimen is also made for learning and being able to listen. Remember I talked about having a hair journal?
Well, when your hair screams out for a change in your regimen, change it and write down what you did. That way you are taking note when your hair speaks! Literally...
Sin #5 - Being TOO Hands On
When your main goal is hair growth, that means your #1 goal is also hair retention.
One major enemy of hair retention is you constantly messing with your hair and manipulating it. Find low-manipulation hairstyles, and leave your hair alone to grow in peace, honey!
Sin #6 - Not Wearing Stretched Styles Enough
When you have kinky hair it's soooo easy to get kinks and knots. Wearing stretched styles eliminates that problem.
Sin #7 - Think Deep Conditioning Is a Special Event
No, No, No! You can deep condition every week! Don't wait til you have a hair emergency or you start feeling dryness. Deep condition weekly (or as much as possible), it's a hair saver!
Sin #8 - You saying, "Aaah, Porosity, Smorosity... WHATEVAH..."
You need to understand your hair porosity level. You think we out here Bull-Jivín' when we bring up porosity? That is critical knowledge for understanding your specific needs when you are trying to moisturize and stay moisturized. Without proper and constant moisture..... SNAP CRACKLE POP baaaaaby. Get it together.
Sin #9 - Using Moisturizers That Don't Match Your Hair type
This goes back to #8 a lil' bit, because how will you know the best moisturizer for your hair if you don't know what type of hair you have?
Also, if you have chemically-damaged hair from perming or dyeing that is a clue as to what types of moisturizers to use and avoid. Weather-damaged hair has different moisturizing needs as well. That's why BlackHairOMG is here to teach you what you need to know 🙂
Sin #10 - Oiling Without Moisturizing FIRST
Where would we be without amazing hair oils??? They are a MUST, a staple, a God-send! BUUUUUTTTTT!!!!
A Big Ol' But.
One MAJOR confusion many of us have is that oils actually moisturize. They do not.
Moisture comes from water, oils and nutrients and SEAL IN moisture.
Listen, very-light oils with smaller molecular particles actually penetrate your hair follicles to deliver nutrients and then seal that moisture in.
Heavier oils with larger molecular particles do not penetrate, they simply coat and seal whatever moisture you already have infused.
Either way, if you seal your hair without first infusing it with moisture through some kind of moisturizing cream, co-wash, leave-in condition, etc. It's like tying the end of a balloon that's filled with air, and expecting to see water inside afterwards.
No, if you want a water balloon, you put water in first THEN you seal the balloon. So always keep that in mind.
Oil does not moisturize, but PENETRATING OILS, like Moroccan argan oil, do super-charge your moisturized hair with healthy nutrients and seals all that goodness inside. that's a recipe for some booty-length hair if you stick to a healthy regimen.