In the quest for healthier hair, I’ve come to realize a lot of what we do to our hair is hindering its visible growth. I say ‘visible’ cause as long as you have hair on your head, then your hair IS growing. The reason why it may not ‘grow’ past a certain stage is merely because the rate at which your hair is growing is the same as the rate at which it’s breaking.
There are a lot of ‘miracle’ products that promise to make your hair grow faster. Let me be the one that bursts your bubble … NO SUCH THING. Sorry. What some of the greatest products can only do (cause hair is dead), is stimulate your hair follicle to grow healthier hair. The rate at which your hair grows has already been pre-determined through your genetic disposition. You hair does have a growth phase though – let’s discuss this another time. Products can also build strength within your hair through moisturizing and adding protein to the actual hair shaft. (For those with relaxed hair, protein conditioner is critical as the act of relaxing actually strips your hair of its natural protein molecules; therefore they need to be artificially built up again – that’s the harsh reality of relaxing your hair.)
As it’s been confirmed, kinky hair is really sensitive and requires gentle treatment. Even though it may feel hard at times and like it can withstand everything, that’s a total misconception. An example: We have the highest incidences of a receding hair line simply because of the hair styles we choose. Those with looser curls or dead straight hair also tie their hair back and they don’t experience this phenomenon.
At some point you’re just going to have to embrace this and start honoring your genuine self by making sure that your real hair is well taken care of regardless of whether it’s natural, relaxed, under a weave or a wig.
Segway into Back 2 Health
Back 2 Health is a hair care regime that I created with a lot of input from Hairlistas whose hair is past their waist. My premise for this regime is to get your hair healthy. A natural result of healthy hair is of course hair that grows. There is no quick fix, 5 minute cure. It takes a little bit more effort. What I’ve tried to do is to tie in this regime with a busy life. I’ve started this regime myself and have seen such a difference with my hair. I mean, I have 4a hair type, and people think my hair could be as thick as a 4b or 4c. That’s RESULTS for you.
Ok, let’s get started.