You can read all of the hair care articles in the world, but sometimes you really just want an expert to answer your very specific, totally-unique-to-you quandary. You're in luck, because this week we have the very talented and knowledgeable Janelle Sands on call to answer all of your pressing curly Q's over on Curly Q&A. Janelle is a stylist with over 19 years experience, a NaturallyCurly writer, and the mind behind Secret Curl Society. She will be answering your questions until April 10, and you can leave yours here!

This curly community member wanted to know what she can do and products she can buy for hair growth (incidentally this is a frequently asked question here) and here is what Janelle had to say.

Question:

"What products would you recommend for hair growth? I don't know what to buy!

My hair is usually in a protective style but when it's out, I like to put it in a high puff or two braids. I want my hair to be very long so I don't have to keep adding extensions. Any tips/product recommendations? I want to get SheaMoisture products but I'm not sure which line to go for :/ " qxeenebz (4c)

Janelle's Answer:

Hello there! Let's discuss two things;

  1. Hair Growth
  2. Length Retention

For healthy hair growth, remember you can grow your hair (most likely) up to .5 inches per month on average. If you want to maintain that rate or slightly speed it up you MIGHT be able to do so with enhanced nutrition and taking a multivitamin or hair vitamin. The results are subject to the person and there is no real hard data that I have found to support that it is possible so, no guarantee. Now let's say you are able to maintain a great rate of growth. You wouldn't want to lose your new hair length!

So to maintain the length you need to take care of your hair topically. Look for products that help to moisturize and strengthen your hair. In the Shea Moisture line, I would try the Raw Shea Butter or the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Collections. Both of which are formulated for hair growth. Also, be sure to deep condition your hair every 2 or 4 weeks to keep it strong from root to tip. Finally get a trim every 2-3 months!

If you'd like to get your own question answered by Janelle be sure to leave a question here