It’s really not easy to grow an afro hair fast, you can try everything you want and still get poor results. In this article, we will be discussing how to grow natural black hair in a week.
The good news is that growing natural doesn’t have to be hard, frustrating, or any of those things. In fact, it can be so easy that you will wonder what the fuss was ever about.
Using the tips below which we will be giving you on how to grow natural black hair in a week, rest assured it’s definitely going to work for you. Sit tight and keep reading this article to fully frap the process.
Keep Your Hair Moisturised
The first tip on how to grow natural black hair in a week is to always keep your hair moisturized. Dry hair is the cause of most hair problems.
It can be frustrating when it seems like our hair absorbs anything we put in within 5 minutes. We can be chasing defined curls and just end up with frizz that we dread combing later on.
Your main focus should be finding ways to keep moisture in your hair which include oils, conditioners, and good practices. We go over some of the ways in other tips.
Use Penetrating Oil
Coconut oil and Castor oil can be great if they work for you. Everyone is different but some people live by one of these or even both. They are great for locking in moisture after washing and conditioning.
If you don’t already, give one a try and see if it works for you. There are plenty of oils for natural hair growth including Jojoba and Argan, shop around and see what works for you.
You can even use your favorite leave-in conditioner afterward depending on how moisturized your hair is feeling. Read our interviews with Blessed and Manna for more on this.
If every other tip on how to grow natural black hair in a week fails, the is will never fail you. The great thing about it is it also helps in hair treatment.
We all know natural hair is beautiful and we can be tempted to wear it out all the time. Depending on your climate and how well you look after your hair, this could be a bad thing.
We recommend finding protective styles that look good so can be worn out and do the job. Protective styles make sure your hair isn’t easily damaged by extreme temperatures which can cause loss of moisture and breakage.
They also can make it easier to wrap up and wear a hat if it gets cold or rains. A benefit of some protective styles is that they can lock in the moisture so when you take them out you feel beautiful silky hair. Leah spoke about her hairstyles in her interview.
Deep conditioning is key to replacing any lost nutrients from our hair. Many people use homemade products for this and base them around the main protein ingredient.
Hair is absorbent and after a wash with no product applied yet is the perfect time for a deep condition. This is because there is nothing sealing/ blocking the absorption of nutrients.
Use of Homemade Remedies
As we touched on above, some people use homemade products and we love this. Shop-bought products contain natural products but also can have manmade chemicals that keep the ingredients from separating and to make them look pretty so we buy them.
With homemade products, we can rest assured that there is nothing but whatever we choose to include. It can be daunting but it is a good opportunity to experiment and find out what your hair likes. A quick google search should bring up some recipes.
Some popular ingredients we have come across include coconut oil, jojoba oil, raw shea butter, aloe vera gel, and raw egg (yes egg) just to name a few. Speak to your grandma or aunty, you never know, there might already be a recipe in the family.
Celia detailed her homemade hair tea, which she made with her mother when we interviewed her. This one is great if you’re trying to figure out how to treat afro hair at home.
Avoid Washing Your Hair too Frequently
You should be washing your hair roughly once a week at the most. Moisture is key for our hair to grow and a high volume wash routine can leave our hair dry and without protection which will ultimately lead to damage and breakage.
Many people wash once a week and others wash once every two weeks.
Cut Off Split/ Dead Ends
While it can be tempting to hold onto all of your hair and wait for it to grow. Not getting rid of split and damaged ends can be stunting your hair growth. As new hair grows from the roots, the rate of breakage from the ends can match it.
This makes it look like your hair has stopped growing. Many people are surprised that when they clean up their hair routine, their hair grows past what they thought for possible for their head.
Use Different Products for Your Hair and Scalp
Hair products are great for protecting your hair and encouraging growth but can be bad for your scalp. Your hair and scalp should be treated differently.
Your scalp wants to be able to breathe, it can get irritating if the pores get blocked which can cause your head to itch and even cause spots. Some of us are more sensitive to others.
A healthy scalp can encourage hair, it shouldn’t be dry.
Watch Your Diet
It still surprises us how many people neglect their diet. Many benefits come from a healthy balanced diet, not just beautiful hair.
This is a good place to start, the problem is that it can often be the most difficult thing to implement because our diets are a big part of us.
Try to be honest with yourself and cut out anything that might be harming your health. Do the research and find products that can help you. One thing we are big fans of is reducing your intake of dairy or cutting it completely if you can.
Try Out Hair Growth Products
Most products have very little impact on hair growth. Now unless you’re talking about a prescription product like Rogaine (for thinning and balding), most products do very little. A lot of what you see is just marketing.
Now, of course, everyone has an optimal growth rate, which can be inhibited by things like diet, stress, etc., and promoted by vitamins, exercise, and eating healthy. I discuss all that here.
However, there are very few products that will make your hair grow faster than your optimal rate which varies from person to person.
If you’re looking for a natural remedy for thinning hair, try rubbing a small amount of castor oil into your scalp every night before bed. Castor oil is known to have a positive effect on thinning hair and is also used to thicken eyebrows.
Keep in mind, though that if your hair is thinning from over-processing with a relaxer or traction alopecia (wearing braids too tight), rubbing castor oil is not going to help unless you stop what’s causing the problem.
Your Hair Texture & Pattern Matters a Lot
When your hair is super kinky, oils (meaning your strands have a lot of bends/turns, draws up and tangles easily), then it can be more difficult to grow your hair longer.
This does not mean long hair is unattainable. It just means that it may require more attention than someone with a looser pattern.
When your hair is very kinky, oils from your scalp do not travel down the strands as easily. As a result, your hair may be dry, more brittle, and prone to breakage.
Now you understand why you have trouble retaining length. So the key is taking extra time to ensure your hair is properly moisturized and wearing a lot more protective or low-manipulation styles (rod sets, straw sets, etc).
I don’t want to create unnecessary division by mentioning hair texture because I know this is often a touchy subject in our community. However, your hair’s texture and curl pattern definitely play a role in length retention because it affects your hair’s natural moisture level.
Hair that retains moisture, has more elasticity, breaks less, and retains more length. Dry hair is more brittle, breaks off easily, and prevents you from retaining length.
Some people say that kinky hair is stronger because it’s more course, but it’s actually the exact opposite. Our hair is more fragile than naturally straight or curly hair because of the moisture issues mentioned above.
Vitamins & Supplements
Our final tip in this article on how to grow natural black hair in a week is the use of vitamins and supplements to encourage healthy hair growth.
Vitamins for afro hair growth is a topic that has been debated for a long time. Some people live by them and see results quickly, whereas others don’t like the idea and say your normal diet is just fine.
There are plenty of hair growth vitamins and Biotin is the one that stands out for black hair. It is part of the Vitamin B family and is required for strong healthy nails and hair.
People with a Vitamin B deficiency often have thin hair and brittle nails although this is very rare. The vitamin is naturally occurring in foods such as eggs, almonds, and some seeds.
You can get biotin supplements in three forms, soft gels, tablets, and liquid. The liquid biotin is popular because it allows you to control the dosage more easily, which brings me to the negatives.
Lots of people have complained that it gives them bad skin/ acne although want to keep using it because it helps their hair grow faster, so they follow these rules;
Start with a low dosage and if you start getting acne, lower the dosage even more.
Drink a LOT lots of water. Many people said this helped them. Set a goal to drink so many liters a day and make sure you reach it.
Take a multivitamin containing other members of the vitamin B family. These are said to help your body break Biotin down more easily.
There is little scientific evidence that Biotin actually works and as I have said there are conflicting views on the supplement.
Learning how to take care of your hair is something that can take a long time but once your know-how, it will never leave you. It is something you can pass down to your children and share with family members.
Don’t hesitate to do more in-depth research on how to grow natural black hair in a week.