How one maintains their hair has a direct impact on its growth. Contrary to many urban legends, black hair can and does grow. Breakage is the main reason why many people are unable to retain length as it grows. Careful handling is important to avoid this. Most people think that breakage is caused by dryness. Though moisture is important, its deficiency doesn't necessarily cause follicles to break. Things such as rough handling and over-styling may be the reason why you aren't realizing growth.
Black locks needs oil for it to grow properly. Some of this moisture is normally removed when washing. You therefore need to use products that won't strip or dry your scalp. Wash once a week using moisturizing shampoo.
You may also rinse and condition daily using a lightweight conditioner. There are many products that are specifically tailored towards black strands. When choosing, ensure that you read the ingredients in the product and avoid those containing alcohol.
Due to the tight curl pattern, most of the oil doesn't get conveyed from the scalp to the ends of the follicles. Since black hair is usually dry, it's advisable to use products containing natural ingredients and light oils which can be absorbed with ease. Avoid things that contain lanolin, petroleum and beeswax as these merely coat the strands and attract lint and dust. Use natural oils, preferably those having Shea butter and coconut oil. These should be vigorously massaged into the scalp to promote growth.
After rinsing, squeeze water gently opposed to wringing or rubbing vigorously with a towel. To prevent dryness, massage regularly to stimulate the penetration of oil. Keep in mind that being delicate, your hair needs to be handled with caution. You can also leave it to air-dry and gently pat it afterwards. Limpness indicates a protein deficiency. It's important to eat a well-balanced diet and take about 8 glasses of water every day.
Many people like to sport a trendy hairstyle of their choice. However, this can do a great deal of damage. If you use heated appliances when styling, do it sparingly. Ideally, heat styling should only be done once a week to reduce moisture loss.
Do not use styling products on a daily basis. This can lead to a buildup of foreign material. You may use cream for daily natural black hair care. Avoid extensions that require heat and glue. Instead, opt for their sewn-in counterparts.