Hair Growth Basics

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So after reading online and searching through threads and articles and such I decided to post this thread to help newbies (like me) with hair growth and how to successfully grow out hair..

Firstly, I wanted to say that I am not a professional hairdresser or stylist or whatever, I am just grabbing stuff from here and there so it won't get repeated all the time..


So when I first decided to grow out, I found that I had to search for information on growing out curltalk.. I wanted to know exactly how its done and the best methods to do it successfully..
This is a good site to go to just to read up about growing out healthy hair..


http://www.longlocks.com/how-to-grow-long-hair.htm

In summary: (some is just repeated so I'll just put in the important facts, I'll also put my input here and there)

1. Cut any damaged hair that may have split ends or what not..

"you must start out with healthy hair to have healthy hair when it's long"

2. Trim hair as often as 'needed'..

it says in the article that you should get your hair trimmed often, but after searching through the threads natural virgin non colored hair will need less trims than hair that is chemically or colored often.. I've read that some naturals hadn't trimmed in 6 months, so its really your call, depending on how moisturised and well you look after it, the less trim visits you will have to take

(I personally would go at least every 3-4 months on natural hair, if you get your hair trimmed every 4-6 weeks, it'd never grow)

3. Avoid heat appliances..

"No blow drying, no curling irons, no hot rollers, and especially no flat irons or hair crimpers! If you absolutely must blow dry do so minimally, and contrary to popular belief, it is best to let your hair dry naturally for as long as possible and use the blow dryer just to finish it off at the end."

4. Don't use any harsh chemicals on your hair..

I understand some people will use hair dye and what not, so to be on the safe side "be sure to deep condition your hair often, again using a product forumated especially for color treated hair. With making the color in your hair last as long as possible as the primary goal so as to limit how often you have to use hair color, you may also want to consider using a leave in protectant.."

this should be really done even if you don't have coloured hair but coloured hair should also do protein treatments for their hair as well ..

5. Avoid chlorine and saltwater.

"If you are blonde, you may want to consider using a shampoo formulated to remove the green tinge that can come from exposing your hair to chlorine. If you swim very often, invest in a good long hair swim cap (and to be really kind to your hair, apply deep conditioner and take advantage of the body heat that will be generated while you're wearing it). If you spend a lot of time in the sun, summer or winter, use a product that provides UV protection against the sun's rays"

A lot of people actually recommend using oil such as coconut oil before they go into the water so their hair absorbs more of that rather than the chlorine.. salt water as well can be actually hyrdrating to the hair, but as mentioned perhaps put some oil before..

6. Use safe hair accessories..

Tugging and pulling the hair will make it break, especially when wet hair is most delicate.. "Never put anything in your hair that attaches with Velcro or springs. If you take anything out of your hair and a significant amount of hair comes out with it, don't ever put it back in your hair. Soft, pretty ponytail holders (remember, no metal connectors!) or scrunchies are very hair-safe, and several scrunchies can be used if your hair is very long."

I use an octopus clip which is kind of annoying but I know a few people use scrunchies..

7. Never put your hair in any kind of style that will put undue stress on the individual hairs..

"no tiny braids, no extremely tight coils. If you pull all or some of your hair into a braid or a ponytail to create your hairstyle, make sure it isn't pulled tight enough to put stress on the roots of your hair. Pulling hair tight repeatedly commonly results in bald patches! If you go after the long hair "quick fix" and put extensions in your hair, be forewarned that your own hair will likely be significantly more damaged when they are removed than it was to begin with.

Also, if you choose to style your hair in locs or dreads, please consider it to be a permanent change.

While the dreads themselves will remain healthy (in fact, many find this a great way to grow otherwise "ungrowable" hair), they unfortunately almost always have to be cut off to be removed and the hair involved usually cannot be "undreaded." If you do choose to wear your hair in locs, twists or braids, it's definitely a smart idea to use a braid conditioning spray to keep your hair in top condition."

I usually just have in lightly bunned up, not to tightly of course, but to keep it from rubbing against my clothes and face.

8. Be *extremely* gentle with your hair when it is wet.

"NEVER brush your hair when it's wet, this is when your hair is at its most delicate. In fact, it is best to avoid brushing your hair under most circumstances, a wide-tooth comb is almost always a better choice and is a must to smooth wet hair."

9. Avoid extreme diets.

Take multi vitamins or vitamins which is good for hair growth such as biotin.. Some people also recommend using prenatal vitamins when growing out hair, this could be different for everyone, but if you take vitamins you still need to watch what you eat and drink, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables are good for everyone and everything in or on your body, water especially..

"Even if you try to avoid fat, it's essential that you don't completely eliminate all fat from your diet. Your hair (and body) will surely suffer for it."

10. Let your hair get dirty once in awhile.

Pretty much says to let your natural oils come out to moisturise the hair, if you have a dry scalp I have read that jojoba oil is the closest oil that mimics the sebum of the human body.

11. Don't pile your hair on your head when you wash it, that's just asking for knots.

"Apply shampoo only to the roots and wash your scalp, then work the shampoo to the ends. You may find adding a bit of water to your shampoo or very quickly ducking under the shower spray after initially applying it to your hair will increase lathering significantly, making it easier to work the soap to the ends of your tresses. When you apply conditioner, work it through to the ends of your hair, smoothing and detangling gently with your fingers as you go. Continue smoothing your hair as you rinse. This will make combing your wet hair much easier and less likely to tear."

Most of us follow the CG method so I'll put this up here anyways for modified CG wavies and curlies..

12. Become familiar with the ingredients in your styling product.

Like I mentioned before most CG and Modified CG's are well aware of what they put in their hair.. I won't copy and paste much from the site but if you are interested I have posted the site at the top..

13. Deep condition your hair at least monthly, even if it's in good shape this will help keep it that way..

Most of use do this weekly anyways.. For newbies, I suggest finding out your hair type and working for what works best for you, a lot of people use coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil for deep treatments on thier hair..


14. Lessen the friction on your hair whenever possible..
"Don't sleep with your hair loose or if you must, use a satin pillow case. If your hair is very long and prone to getting caught in car windows, seat belts, doors, or even under your butt when you sit down, it's important to remember that all these things can cause damage to your precious locks. Wear your hair 'lightly' braided or in an updo hairstyle."


I love my silk pillowcase.. when buying a satin one though be careful its not a polyester material.. always read the tag or ask, and make sure you get a satin silk pillowcase or even a pure silk one, I use mulberry silk pillowcases and love them to bits, they are very annoying to look after but I would never got back to cotton..
"2 Something ATM"
Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity

My Routine
Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil

Goals
waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter

Last edited by tiama-x; 10-26-2011 at 10:34 PM.
ALSO:
One thing they didn't really mention in the article that I know most of us do is seal the hair..
Sealing hair helps with keeping moisture in the hair as well as keeping anything going in, only when using a silicone product this will damage and dry out hair, a lot of us use natural oils to help with hair sealing..

Chamomile, German - One of aromatherapy's most effective agents for reducing inflammation. Hair loss is sometimes attributed to inflammation in the scalp and follicles, resulting in less-than-ideal cellular function. Some even attribute hair loss to an over-heated scalp. German Chamomile is both anti-inflammatory and cooling, with a pleasant sweet herbaceous aroma. Consider also Lavender for a similar effect. Use at .5 -1%

Clary Sage - Proper hormone balance is crucial for both genders when considering the health of hair. Clary Sage is thought to balance estrogen levels in the skin and scalp, and can be of particular help for women of maturity. Use at .5 - 1%

Clove - Antiseptic and a very potent antioxidant (one of the most potent natural antioxidants ever tested, at over 100,000 on the ORAC scale). Can increase circulation, and may be of best support for stimulating new hair growth. For scalp circulation stimulation, Black Pepper may also be used. Use only in very small amounts due to possible skin sensitivity, .25%

Cypress - Included in formulas for increased circulation and capillary strength. It is important to have good blood circulation to the follicles for optimal hair growth. Many regimens for treating hair loss include Ginko and other herbs specifically for increasing circulation in the scalp. Use at .5 - 1%

Helichrysum - Thought to be regenerating to all soft tissues of the body, helichrysum is found in blends for both mature skin and for healing wounds. It is likely regenerative to scalp tissue as well, and may be particularly important as some physicians see the aging scalp to resemble scar tissue. Also an excellent anti-inflammate, and used to enhance circulation. Use at .5 - 2%

Lavender - Found in hair formulas for all types of hair and scalp conditions. Balancing, soothing, regenerative, anti-inflammate and antibacterial. The most commonly used oil for stress reduction. If stress is playing any part in preventing you from having the head of hair you'd like, add a little Lavender! Use at .5 - 3%

Myrtle - A balancer of scalp oils, particularly useful where over-production of sebum may be clogging the pores and follicles of the scalp. A natural, gentle antiseptic; also considered regenerative. Use at .5 - 1%.

Rosemary - One of the premier hair growth enhancing essential oils, rosemary is found in many preparations for hair and scalp. Thought to increase cellular metabolism, thereby stimulating healthy hair growth. Use the Verbenone type if regenerative properties are desired (may be most useful for supporting treatment of hair loss). Successfully used in alopecia areata treatment. Use at .5 - 2%.

Sage - Highly regarded for hair growth, with stimulating properties found in Rosemary - along with hormone balancing of Clary Sage. Can balance scalp oils, and is found in blends for scar reduction and skin regeneration. Not for children or if pregnant. Use at .5 - 1%.

Sea Buckthorn - Noted as enhancing skin and scalp health for every skin type and even every imbalance. Highly nutritive, potent antioxidant and regenerative. Due to high carotene content, will tend to leave the scalp with a little red color for a while after applied - be careful not to stain clothes and bedding. May prevent UV damage, which has been implicated in reducing energy in hair follicles. This is an amazing oil, well worth its berry-redness! Use at .5 - 2%.

Ylang Ylang - Like Lavender, it is thought to reduce stress. Long used to increase the thickness of the hair shaft and to grow thicker hair. Can have a balancing effect on scalp oil production, and may help with split ends.


Coconut - A carrier oil used in Ayurvedic medicine for enhancing hair growth all by itself. Fractionated coconut (as we carry here at Ananda) is simply Coconut oil that has had the largest-chain molecules 'fractionated' from the smaller ones—this allows the oil to stay liquid at room temperature. Fractionated coconut has a nice light texture, appreciated in the warmer months. Virgin whole coconut can also be used in your formulas, and will remain liquid if blended with other carriers for your base. Highly nutritive, excellent for all types of scalp & hair.

Evening Primrose - Many conditions of the skin are positively affected by essential fats, of which Evening Primrose is a wonderful source. Application and ingestion of this oil has been the subject of many scientific inquiries, with exceptional results for all kinds of dermatitis. Evening Primrose is noted to specifically address hair growth (or hair loss) where poor circulation might be an issue. Evening Primrose also may have a significant effect in reducing inflammation, which may in-turn be beneficial for reversing hair loss.

Grapeseed - In the last few years, this oil became very prominent for healthy cuisine. Sometimes found dark green in color, the darker Grapeseed oils have more significant amounts of antioxidant polyphenols. Grapeseed has a particularly light feel, and may be the best choice if one has an oily scalp, though is wanting the many benefits of essential oil application. Grapeseed and Jojoba were used as the base for a study which treated alopecia areata with essential oils. These oils may be used 50/50 for this purpose.

Hemp - Like Evening Primrose, Hemp offers significant quantities of essential fats, may improve circulation and reduce inflammation. Hemp is a highly regarded oil for its many nutritive constituents, and is considered the most palatable of the high Omega-3 plant oils. Some experts note that ingestion of essential fats can be very significant for hair growth, and Hemp is the most easily ingested of the plant sources (generally Evening Primrose and Borage oils are found too bitter, and are taken in capsules, rather than 'straight' or in a salad dressing, etc.)

Jojoba - Found in many natural hair care products, Jojoba is used for softening and moisturizing dry hair. It is thought to cleanse the follicles of sebum, and promote vibrant, shiny and soft hair.

Rosehip Seed - Considered one of the most therapeutic carrier oils for skin and hair. Rosehip has been the subject of many studies involving the reduction of sun damage and wrinkles for the skin. While not yet proven in the laboratory, Rosehip seed oil's therapeutic effects should benefit those needing its regenerative properties for their scalp and hair. While it can be used at 100% strength, Rosehip is most often blended with other carriers at 10-30% of the base formula.

Sesame - Also highly regarded in Ayurveda, Sesame contains lignans that greatly enhance the efficacy of Vitamin E. Sesame is thought to encourage the growth of dark lustrous hair.

Essential Oils for Healthy Hair Growth & Helping Hair Loss

I'm sure that there is a heap more information I'm missing out so please feel free to add your input on whatever you do differently or what oils or even products that will help with hair growth..
Very good stuff!!! I agree and follow just about all the tips (I do the very occasional straightening/flat iron but I'm keeping it to a strict minimum) but the only one I can't decide on is the one about getting your hair cut less often. When my was longer, I was able to stretch things out but with it being shorter (but trying to grow) I feel like by the time 2 months rolls around, my hair looks like hell and desperate for a trim. I try to go as long as I can but I just feel like my hair would look horrendous if I tried to go 3 months without a cut. But maybe it just depends on the person and once it grows longer, I can wait longer.
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

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- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] [I][B]My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!

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I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!

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great tips! love the list of oils, my hair LOVES oils so its good to see a list of new things to try

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
Thanks. Well I'm still researching and experimenting with my hair.. I've actually just started using Shea butter and my hair loves it.. I was experimenting with cones but I honestly could just feel it just doing nothing but with the Shea I feel a major difference, kind of like the oils and vitamins make the difference ..

I'm aiming for waist length hair by my 24th birthday.. I'm 22 and the longest part of my hair is around bsl but with layers so it looks shorter at the front.. I'm really excited though lol..!!
"2 Something ATM"
Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity

My Routine
Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil

Goals
waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter
Great list! I've heard a few women rave about the combination of rosemary + sage for their hair. I think I might try diluting those oils with water to make a scalp spritz this winter.





Sounds like a good plan. I personally can't use Rosemary while I'm pregnant but afterwards I will definitely give it a go..
"2 Something ATM"
Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity

My Routine
Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil

Goals
waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter
I useing evoo extra vigaran olive oil my hair loves too

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4a in the top of my head/3c in the back of my head
Last relaxer July 1st ,2011
Big chop September 30th ,2011

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Thanks I'll try them...I heard castor,almond,ylang ylang,rosemary,peppermint,lavendar,jojoba,nettle,g rapeseed,and olive oil are good for growth..Ived used all except ylang ylang and nettle

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i really want to try nettle and ylang ylang. i love the smell.
"2 Something ATM"
Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity

My Routine
Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil

Goals
waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter
I started taking nettle and Sea Buckthorn supplements 7 days ago. I need to find an overnight protective hair style that doesn't make me lose my curls though. I tried loosely braiding my hair in 2 braids when wet, and when I took the braid out the next morning, my hair looked like I got a bad crimp (even after I re-wet and fixed my hair). Tonight I'm going to try bunning it on top of my head. I also want to try using a satin cap. I had a satin pillowcase for 2 years, but I'm tired of my head sliding off of it, so I'm back to a regular cotton one. I'm running out of ideas though.

Doesn't anyone else get a flat head from wearing their hair up at night? Or dents? Or lose their curls at the top of their head?
Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
AKA hard to work with hair!


Low-Poo: Kenra Volumizing shampoo, AG Fast Food shampoo
CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
Wishlist: YTC low-poo, Elucence poo, Bioterra Curl Creme, AGEbeautiful Strengthening trtment, SS Repairing Protein Trtment, LuxyHair ext's
I don't care what I do at night, in the morning my hair is flat. But what I have noticed is if I sleep with a plastic cap it's easier to fluff out in the morning. It also keeps my hair moisturized.


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I tried a loose pineapple with a satin cap last night, and I can agree with mimi2010--my hair fluffed out nice and was actually shiny and moisturized looking and feeling! I'm going to try it again tonight, and forget doing the bun (for now at least).
Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
AKA hard to work with hair!


Low-Poo: Kenra Volumizing shampoo, AG Fast Food shampoo
CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
Wishlist: YTC low-poo, Elucence poo, Bioterra Curl Creme, AGEbeautiful Strengthening trtment, SS Repairing Protein Trtment, LuxyHair ext's
I think castor oil helps.
Great list! I've heard a few women rave about the combination of rosemary + sage for their hair. I think I might try diluting those oils with water to make a scalp spritz this winter.
Originally Posted by naturalnewb
That sounds like a good idea I might try that for my hair this summer, since I've started CO washing every other day and use a spritzer in between co washes already. What oil:water ratio is best, would you say?
3C, almost shoulder length (when stretched). Low Porosity, Protein Sensitive.
Low Poo: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
Shampoo: Proclaim Olive Glossing Shampoo
RO: Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-Wash
LI: Proclaim Olive Glossing Condish
Oils: JBCO, EVOO, Grapeseed Oil
Styling: Fantasia IC Hair Polisher
DC: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm



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