The Secret to Growing Afro Textured Hair Long

Wash, Moisturize, Repeat

Have you ever coveted the long flowing afro textured hair of other women?  Well you too can aspire to have long admirable afro textured hair.  Afro textured hair sprouts about .5 inches a month.  Over the course of a year, you could potentially have 6 more inches of thick beautiful afro textured hair.  Even though 6 inches is just about the average, some hair growers are genetically inclined to grow more within the course of a year.

The secret to growing afro textured hair long, is knowing how to retain length.  Because afro textured hair is naturally dry, it needs added moisture to counterbalance the dryness.  Very dry hair tends to break at the ends, making it difficult to preserve old ends as new hair sprouts from the root.  In this How To, I will teach you how to retain every stand of hair as it lengthens. 

Gentle Detangling:  Afro textured hair tends to coil together making it difficult to comb.  A cautious detangling routine is very necessary if you want to retain length.  You should always detangle with your fingers first.  Run your fingers through your afro textured hair and pull apart any tangles, tight coils or knots.  After detangling with your fingers, you can comb your strands using a very wide tooth comb.

Water and Shampoo:  Afro textured hair needs moisture daily because it is very curly.   Curly hair tends to break at the curve of the curl, especially when it is very dry.  The best form of moisture is water.  Running water on afro textured hair at least 1-2 times per week with a moisturizing balancing shampoo will help to replace evaporated moisture.  

Moisturizing Deep Conditioner:  After washing your afro textured hair, use a moisturizing deep conditioner.   Part your hair in four sections and apply the deep conditioner from root to tip.  Make sure to condition the very tips of your ends generously.  Sit under a warm hooded dryer for 10-15 minutes.  If you do not have a hooded dryer, wear a plastic cap and wrap a towel around the cap.  Wear the plastic cap and towel for 45 minutes to an hour.  Rinse out all of the conditioner completely.

Protein Treatment:  There will be times when you will need a protein treatment.  Protein will help to strength your strands.  Protein is especially needed when your hair feels “mushy” during your weekly wash.  Apply the protein treatment from root to tip.  Leave in the hair for 15 minutes and then rinse.

Leave-In Conditioner:  Leave in conditioners will condition your hair while also balancing the PH of your strands.  Most leave-in conditioners have a PH of 4.5-7.0.  Leave-in conditioners also help to enclose moisture in the cuticle.  Leave-in conditioners should not be rinsed out.

Air Dry Only:  Because afro textured hair is naturally dry, drying under a hood dryer or using a blow dryer, causes moisture in the cuticle to evaporate.  It is best to keep your hair detangled during the drying process to avoid knotting and tight coils. 

Moisturizing Lotion:  After your afro textured hair has dried completely, you can apply a moisturizing lotion to your dry hair.  Make sure that your moisturizing lotion has water listed as the first ingredient.  Avoid moisturizing lotions that have petroleum jelly listed as a moisturizing ingredient.  Petroleum jelly clogs the cuticle and blocks moisture.

Natural Oil Sealant:  Always use a natural oil to seal the cuticle with moisture.  Natural oils include; Coconut oil, Olive oil, Jojoba oil or Castor oil.  You only need a dab of oil.  Less is more.

Protective Styling:  When styling your afro textured hair it is important to keep the ends of your hair protected from the sun because UV rays will severely dry your hair.  Popular protective styles include; ponytail buns, braids, cornrows or twist.  Avoid curling irons and pressing combs.  Never use rubber bands to gather your ponytail.  Always use a scrunchy or a satin band.  When applying bobby pins, make sure the tip is coated.  Be as creative as you want with your styles!

Daily Moisture Maintenance:  Between washes you should moisturize your hair using your choice moisturizing lotion. You should use a natural oil to seal the moisture.  A good moisturizing lotion will keep your hair moisturized.

Protecting Your Hair While Sleeping:   A cotton pillowcase will dry your hair while causing breakage as well.  Instead of sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, try a satin or silk pillowcase.   Satin and silk pillowcases help to retain moisture while you sleep.  You can also try wearing a satin night cap. 

Growing afro textured hair long is very simple once you get the hang of it.  Practice your regimen and be patient.  Over the course of 3 years, you could very well have the hair you’ve always coveted!