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How to Grow Long Hair: 3 Secrets to Growing Long Natural Hair

The general consensus from women seems to be that ladies with long hair have some secrets they’re holding on to.  There must be some mystical combination of tools, products or techniques they use in order to get hair that grows past your shoulder blades.  As of today (August 2010) my hair is just slightly past my waist and I’m still growing.

When speaking to women, “what’s your secret?” is a popular question.  My usual response is “I take good care of my hair.” I realize now that “taking good care of” something means different things to every individual.  What I consider routine in my hair care practices, may be foreign or unintuitive to others.

Coming to that realization compelled me to share some of the key features in my healthy hair growth journey.

With that said, here are my 3 “secrets”:

Moisturize, Protect, and Low Manipulation

Moisturize and “seal”
African American hair textures are notoriously dry.  My hair is no exception so keeping my hair well moisturized helps it remain pliable and elastic.  Moisturized hair is less prone to breaking and snapping.  It behaves better and is easier to style.

Moisturizing my hair comes in different levels.

The first level is during washes.  I will wash my hair with either conditioner, or a moisturizing shampoo.  I will then deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner.  After rinsing out the conditioner I will apply a moisturizer to every strand in small sections ensuring that each strand gets moisturized.  Lastly I follow with coconut oil to “seal” in the moisturizer I applied before I style my hair.

On a daily or every-other-day basis (depending on what your hair needs) I will moisturize to ensure my hair never gets dried out or crunchy/crispy.
I deep condition weekly, and at times every other week.  But I’ve noticed my hair responds best when deep conditioned every week.
You will learn how often your hair needs moisture by noticing how it feels and seeing how it responds to your touch

Protect Your Ends
Your “youngest” hair is growing directly at your scalp.  This is your “new growth” as it’s often referred to.  Which means the hair at the ends of each strand is the “oldest.”  The ends of your hair “make or break” your length.  This bit of hair is the most delicate because it has been through so much.  It has received the bulk of the damage simply by hanging around for as long as it has!

To protect your ends you must first ensure that you have no split ends.  If you do, trim your ends to just above the splits.  Then you must keep the ends very well moisturized.  Try to alternate wearing your hair out and loose with wearing it in updos that “hide” the ends of your hair, keeping them protected from the elements, and from brushing against your collar, shoulders or back.  If your hair is too short for an updo, keeping them moisturized is enough.

At night, protect your ends by wearing a satin scarf or bonnet and sleeping on a satin pillowcase.  This will protect your ends (and the entire length of your hair) from snagging/pulling/snapping on harsher fabrics.

Low Manipulation
Do you twirl your hair around your fingers?  Stop!
Do you let the ends of your hair brush against your collar or clothing every single day? Stop!
Do you comb and brush and flatiron and curl your hair daily? Stop!

Do you get the picture? Good!

Low manipulation is key for retaining growth and getting long healthy hair.  If you normally style your hair, and use heating tools daily, you will notice and incredible difference in your hair by cutting back.  Instead, opt for styles that will last you a week, such as twists or twistouts,  braidouts, buns, or flatirons/rollersets that don’t need heat touch ups each day.  Try to comb and brush your hair only on wash days if you can.  Use your hands to smooth areas and keep your hands out of your hair during the day.

So there you have it!  The “Secret’s” Out!  
Try these three techniques and you will notice your hair retaining length like never before.

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  1. I like how you talk about what works for you and encourage others to find out for themselves.

    I think the problem is far too many people think long hair is just one product away not one technique away.

  2. Dani @ OK, Dan says:

    Thanks JC!

  3. Sister DeNise says:

    Thanks for the information. I just BC'd two wks ago and find myself always twirling my hair because its so soft and read another blog that says the hair must be combed and stroked everyday so I started do that. Well, I learned that my hair only likes to be combed when wet and with conditioner. Thanks again for the tips and I will apply them and see what happens!

  4. Hi! I am soo appreciative with this information. Nothing like coming out of the darkness and into the LIGHT! As of Oct 2,2010 I have decided to follow the 3-steps to healthy hair! I made a vow to transition from relaxed to natural for the LAST time. I have been back and forth between natural and relaxed for the last 10 years…but now I have help and your site for inspiration. I will be trying different techniques and monitor my progress and keep you posted! Thank you again…

  5. BeautiiLocs says:

    This is awesome advice! Very true! I have locs. I thought that I could simply let them grow but I failed realize that I need to moisturize as well..

  6. torrent downloaad says:

    I want to grow my hair long and pretty, but I just can't. Well, thank you for sharing this article. I think I can grow my hair now.

  7. Question: This moisturize and seal business.. do you do this wet or dry?

  8. I’ve been transitioning for a month now and I wash and deep condition my hair once a week (every Sunday)

    for a deep conditioner i made my own (1 banana, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp plain yogurt mixed together in a blender) i put this mixture on my hair and let it sit for 30 minutes under a plastic cap then i rinsed it out

    this weekend i’m trying another natural deep conditioner (mixing extra virgin olive oil and egg white) that i will make at home myself

    i use extra virgin olive oil on my hair instead of hair grease

    my hairstyle for the week was created by rollersetting my hair, i use the black soft foam rollers that are covered in satin and i sleep with a satin headscarf on my hair every night. On top of all this i sleep on a satin pillowcase covered pillow to protect my hair

    all week i didn’t use heat on my hair at all, my curls looked pretty and it was a very low maintenance hairstyle that was comfortable

    i’m looking for 2 things: a natural shampoo and a natural leave-in conditioner that is great for natural black haircare……does anyone have any recommendations?

  9. Really don’t know the low manipulation one, my seems to be at a stand still same length stretched for last two years. I style only once a week max and my hair shrunken doesn’t touch the collar I haven’t used heat in almost two years yet it been at the same length as when it was perked or iron once a month. I trim every 6 months, moisturize as need, wrap my hair at night and nothin. Have less shedding than I have ever had my whole life and one dermatologist says my scalp looks healthy. But still nothing.
    I hoping that it might be stress since the last half of 1 st year and the first Half of the second year was stressful. Which is not good since I hear it can delay growth for 1-2 years. My hair is shoulder length when stretched. But sadly no growth.

  10. Admittedly I do twirl my hair around my fingers at times but it has not affected my length. I suppose I don’t do it a lot since I usually protective styles 6/7 days.
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  11. OMG thank you for these techniques, I always straighten/curl my hair daily. But since now I read this, I won’t be doing that for a while. Thanks again:)

  12. Yes i agree, there definitely aren’t any “secrets” like many try to say. Long hair naturals just tend to do things a little different just as you mentioned.

  13. Good techniques. Keep up the good work.

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