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It looks like I need a frequently asked natural hair questions page because LAWD knows I get asked some of the same hair questions all the time. Since you guys are NOT mind readers, I’ve decided to create this post.
How long have you been natural? I went natural on 2 December 2004. I’ve been natural for 8 years. (This is how it all began.)
How did you get your hair to grow? I don’t do anything special to get my hair to grow. I am, however, able to retain a lot of what I grow. Here is how:
- Genetic! Genetics play a huge part in how much hair you can grow and retain.
- I don’t use much heat on my hair.
- I do a lot of protective styles (two strand twists, buns, braids).
- I make sure I moisturize my hair.
- I remove split and weathered ends.
- I am careful when I comb and brush my hair.
- I use my fingers to style my hair.
How can I make my hair grow? Believe it or not, your hair IS growing (unless you have a medical condition). Now, the rate in which your hair grows depends on genetics! The growth cycle occurs in phases (all genetic) and madame google can go into further detail. ALL hair textures grow! All of them! But Sug, I have 6Z hair. Your hair is growing. On average, people grown about 1/2 an inch of hair per month. Some grow more, while some grow less. YOUR GENETICS DETERMINE ALL OF THIS! I will say, however, some hair textures show more length than others. I find that a lot of people are unable to retain a lot of the hair that they grow due to over manipulation and lack of moisture.
How long did it take you to get your hair to its current length? About 3-4 years. I cut my hair a lot.
(27 November 2012, lightly flat ironed hair)
How long is your hair? Between 18-21 inches
How often do you cut your hair? I don’t have a set schedule. I dust my ends a lot and I trim/cut my hair when I feel inclined.
What products do yo use? I keep it pretty simple. I use TRESemme Natural Nourishing Moisture Conditioner for my conditioner washes and overall conditioning. When I shampoo I use a sulfate free shampoo like Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Balance Moisturizing Shampoo or Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap. I use a water based leave in conditioner like Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk. I seal the moisture in my hair with an oil. I LOVE Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. When I do use heat, I use Silk Elements MegaSilk Heat Protection Spray. For my wash and go’s, I use Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel. For my buns and ponytails, I use Proclaim Aloe Styling Gel.
How did you get your mini bald spots/edges to grow back? I used Wild Growth Hair Oil (I wasn’t consistent) and I used EXTREME care when dealing with those areas.
Do you color your hair? No. My hair has always been this rusty-brown color.
Why don’t you color your grays? Cause I don’t want to.
How often do you shampoo your hair? Weekly
How many big chops have you had? 3
(2nd Big Chop, Dec 2005)
(3rd Big Chop, July 2007)
Why have you cut your hair so many times? Boredom and variety.
What is your hair type? I don’t know. I don’t subscribe to the hair typing system. I do have a video, however.
My Many Hair Textures
Other videos that maybe helpful
How I Co-Wash with the Curly Girl Method
How I do My Wash and Go
The Truth About the Wash and Go
My Many Hair Textures
That’s it for now. I’ll update this page often. :D