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The Limitations of Natural Hair: 4 Things You Can’t Do if You Want Longer Hair

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I am going to wade into the vipers’ nest and say that if you are totally fed up with hearing about how hair (all hair in general, 4c hair specifically) has limitations, then you are doing a disservice to yourself and possibly preventing your hair from growing longer. As a material scientist, hair to me is a simply a fibre, pretty much the same way you would regard wool or silk thread. If you chose to wash a delicate silk blouse in a washing machine at high heat when the instructions clearly stated cool hand wash, you would not be surprised to find it shredded or shrunken or both. Your hair is exactly the same except that you have to create that instruction label for yourself.

1. Moisturising Frequency Limitations
Dryness is not uncommon in natural hair. There are some naturals who can apply water or a water based product on a daily basis and it is a useful step for them. However, there are many for whom this regime would wreak havoc on their strands causing it to mesh with frequent water application, especially when styled in twists. Notable long haired naturals such as Chinwe and Cipriana apply water to hair on a less frequent basis e.g once a week/fortnight but being flexible to change when necessary. The idea that watering your hair daily is good does not hold true for all hair and furthermore, some hair will thrive and grow longer if this process is eliminated.

2. Styling Limitations
If you have very silky, non kinky type 3 hair, you may find that your hair simply cannot hold a twist style. Large pinned twists may remain a style option but mini twists will probably cause more harm than good. Similarly, if you have fine, kinky, shrinky, curly type 4c hair, you may find that although you may love how your hair looks free, in a bun, loose twists or a loose updo, all of these styles are totally inappropriate for regular gym visits or swimming. You must respect the limits of styling presented by your hair texture and the type of activity you are going to do, if your goal is to preserve the hair fibre and get it to grow longer.

3. Permanent Hair Colour Limitations
I do really recommend that if you want to colour your hair with a commercial dye, do go and see a professional colourist. This is very important if your hair is very dark in colour and requires bleaching. The colourist will take a few strands of your hair and process them in bleach to determine how long it takes to lift colour and then also do a snap test to see if your hair breaks easily after the bleach application and also to check the elasticity of the processed hair. Not all hair can be successfully bleached in one session and not all hair can be bleached multiple times. A good colourist will always do these simple tests and will refuse to process hair that does not lend itself to bleaching.

4. Direct Heat Limitations
Yes, I know you have probably heard it before, but this is an important one. I am a firm advocate for the idea that not all hair can be heat treated especially to a ‘bone straight’ state. Some people can and others cannot. If your individual hair strands are fine, you are in the greatest danger of damaging your hair with heat use. However, if your individual strands are thick, you can very easily get away with what would murder fine hair in a heartbeat. There are other options such as stretching with African threading followed by a roller set to get relatively straight, perhaps not bone straight hair.

Ladies, which one of these limitations affects you most directly? Share your experience.

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Jesse
Jesse
6 years ago

So many natural hair rules from Natural Haven.… The only ones are I agree with are number 3 and parts of number 4. Yes hair coloring requires chemicals which may be damaging to the hair. In number 4, I think a round brush technique with a blow dryer is very efficient at straightening the hair. You just have to know how to do a proper blowout without a flat iron. I definitely don’t agree with one and two and here’s why: kinky hair types thrive off of moisture. This “meshing” she refers to is basically matted hair, including shed hair. The… Read more »

T.
T.
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

I didn’t read anything in number two that said or suggested “kinky hair textures need to wear twists in order to grow their hair”. Also, number one specifically says that daily application of water may be good for some people’s hair and may not be good for others, so it’s not like it’s laying down a hard and fast rule. In fact, all of the points make it clear that some practices will be okay for some people, but might be a problem for others if they’re trying to grow their hair longer, and therefore people have to be aware of… Read more »

Jesse
Jesse
6 years ago
Reply to  T.

It’s too easy to write new rules and put the disclaimer “do what works for you”. Why put out misinformation in the first place?

Tabatha
Tabatha
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Its not misinformation its just information. I’m sure that this might ring true for others, but its also going to be hogwash for others.

Parth
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Nice site man. I’ll have to get my ass online so I can play MTGO again. I misesd AVR and if I don’t het my butt in gear I’m going to miss M13 too. My MTGO name is ApocalypticUrge. Hope to see you in the 2 man queue soon. Keep up the good work.

Tabatha
Tabatha
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

I have kinky curly hair and my hair can’t do that much water. I only sprits every 2 days, but I do it once in the morning and light sprits at night before I put oil and Shea butter in my hair. Protective styling actually saves my hair, but that’s my hair. I don’t know how it is for other kinky curlies. I think that since you are so active and NEED to wash you hair then the long term protective styling doesn’t really work. I work out a lot to, so when I do protective style I prefer cornrows. Cause… Read more »

Vee
Vee
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

For me, mini twists are a life saver! I have 4a/4c hair, that is dense but fine! I work out 7 days a week, and I have no problems cleansing my hair. I can use ACV, shampoo, or even conditioner. I prefer to use oils for hot treatments. I can’t bun for anything. I do it, and my hair is a tangled mess, for me I can do roll, tuck n pin, and twists. These both work well for me, better than bunning ever did. For some people, this will be the norm, for others, you will have to throw out… Read more »

Value
Value
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Not once the Jc say that her observations and findings were the gospel. Every post she has done was never imposing. Twist may not work for you but it works for many. You don’t have to believe or agree with everything but realize and accept the fact that, it may be the case for others. There are so many ways to get the same results and her article is meant to share some of these techniques that worked for many. That is the point of this article, you take from it what works. Common sense should tell us all that… Read more »

Jc
Jc
6 years ago

Jesse, please re-read this post without prejudice. There is no place where you will see me say, ‘Everyone with 4c hair MUST.….’ As a scientist, I recognize that there is more to hair care than the basic label 4c. Some strands are thick, some heads are dense, some people have more skills at handling wet shrunken hair, some people have more skill in handling dry hair, some people do not want to spend time on their hair, others will gladly take two days patiently detangling. All these factors contribute to what is ideal for an individual. I would love for… Read more »

Jesse
Jesse
6 years ago
Reply to  Jc

You keep mentioning you science degree, yet you study material science, not trichology. Further, any person who understand research knows that generalizations cannot be made by studying a small sampling frame. Therefore, I don’t know why you think reading a handful of “case studies” of women who write blogs on the internet is representative of the entire population of nappy headed women. If you were a trichologist, maybe your information would be more valid. Maybe you would have first hand experience working with hair. Yet, anyone who studies sciences knows that a generalization cannot be made from a small sampling… Read more »

Dananana
Dananana
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

As someone involved in scientific research, I agree that generalizations can’t be made across a small sampling frame…except, JC didn’t do that. The entire interweb blogosphere of natural Black hair isn’t exactly a small sampling frame. Small is n=30…how many people do you think post here alone? Plus, she made it very clear that there would be plenty of exceptions to her suggestions (outliers, if you will), and she limited the scope of her suggestions to very specific circumstances. For instance she didn’t that free hair, buns, and loose twists weren’t suitable for kinky hair, she said they weren’t suitable… Read more »

Jc
Jc
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Oh Jesse, you definitely picked the wrong fish to try to fry because this one does not get baited for fights 🙂 Everything below is for those who are interested and value science as Jesse’s statements are quite misleading. Trichologists are not trained scientists. There are some who are (i.e did a university course or are medical doctors) but it is entirely possible to do a diploma course of two years to gain understanding of hair and scalp conditions and become a qualified trichologist. This person may not be able to read the coconut oil penetration to the same level of… Read more »

Jesse
Jesse
6 years ago
Reply to  Jc

Wow for someone who studies science, you don’t seem to appreciate basic scientific methodology. You draw generalizations from a small sampling frame. You then use this same sampling frame which doesn’t even account for major confounding variables. You make no effort to look for control variables. You don’t even question the non-response bias. You just assume that fotki is an accurate detailed account of someone’s hair practices. You also don’t take into consideration the fact that hair grows on its own. People believe what they want to believe, I guess. You are intentionally not engaging people in the real world… Read more »

Tyki
Tyki
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Jesse, have several seats.

Zaza
Zaza
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Have a stadium’s worth of seats. Why come here with your negativity? We are all aware that none of these posts are an exact science as hair is so diverse from one person to the next but if many well document 4c naturals have all reported similar practices to help them to retain length etc. then why do you have such an issue with it? Fair enough your own experience is different but cyber aggression isn’t the way. Also as a “scientist” you should be aware that science is also a paradigm – the best answer most commonly accepted answer… Read more »

Thick Nigerian Hair
Thick Nigerian Hair
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

And what kind of scientist are you?

Hair is a material so a material scientist talking about/studying hair is nothing crazy. Just like a material scientist talking about energy storage is not crazy. I am a material scientist, as well, and I see nothing unscientific about her methods, results & discussion, and conclusion.

It seems as if the only bias here is coming from you, Jesse.

Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
6 years ago
Reply to  Jc

JC I do have a sister-in-law who has not protective styled since 2009. Not once. Her hair is past bra strap. I can’t wrap my mind around how she has not protective style. She put two strand twist every night! Undo them, go to work, repeat. Lol. I just convinced her to try to go 3 days not twisting. I sure hope it don’t break off. She is the only person I know that don’t protective style. Might be a few out there, but I’m not one. Lol

Zaza
Zaza
6 years ago
Reply to  Deedeemaha

Have a stadium’s worth of seats. Why come here with your negativity? We are all aware that none of these posts are an exact science as hair is so diverse from one person to the next but if many well document 4c naturals have all reported similar practices to help them to retain length etc. then why do you have such an issue with it? Fair enough your own experience is different but cyber aggression isn’t the way. Also as a “scientist” you should be aware that science is also a paradigm — the best answer most commonly accepted answer… Read more »

Jc
Jc
6 years ago
Reply to  Deedeemaha

Deedeemaha — I have found that for example, if your 4c hair has reached BSL, you can stay at that length even without protective styling but if you desired to get to waist length, you may have to incorporate it. So staying at a particular length once you have got to it is not an issue (part of the reason some people get ‘stagnant hair’ that refuses to budge from neck, shoulder, apl etc). However, if your sister in law is actually continually growing her hair or even grew it to BSL as a 4c natural with no protective styling,… Read more »

Glam
Glam
6 years ago
Reply to  Jc

Touche.…intelligence!

Valerie
Valerie
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Wow

Tabatha
Tabatha
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Well the FDA seems to do it all the time. LOl
I didn’t see where she said the entire population of nappy headed women. I don’t know where you got that from.

Amber
Amber
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Is it that time of the month for you, Jesse? Cuz, honey, you have an ALT-ti-TUDE that is out of this world! Why are you so argumentative and then bring nothing constructive to the thread? Do you and move on boo. Go study trichology, trichomony and trigonometry then come back with something we can use in lieu of all this funk-atude! Lawd. Try to have a nice day. Grow some hair. Plant a garden. Walk a dog…

Valerie
Valerie
6 years ago
Reply to  Amber

rofl…too funny and so true

Glam
Glam
6 years ago
Reply to  Amber

ROTFLMAO!

Value
Value
6 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the majority of women online and offline that chronicle their journey to longer, healthier hair and who have attained and continue to maintain healthy long hair, bra strap and beyond are not stylist, trichologist, or scientist. Are their own experiences and success at attaining longer, healthier hair not valid enough? Is being an expert in these areas necessary in order to understand one’s own hair? I’m sure you know the answer to this. So I don’t see the point you were trying to make here? It appears to me that you came at… Read more »

Pbotts`
Pbotts`
6 years ago

I always love articles from JC because they are informative, accurate and most importantly unimposing. It is always clearly stated to you the reader, that the end choice is yours. That being said, most of the points stated are true when it comes to my dense, kinky strands. For others, it may be different. Let’s have healthy discussion of what works for each individual.

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Great post

Tina
Tina
6 years ago

#4 affects me the most. I would LOVE to straighten my hair but I have fine strands that I am afraid might incur some serious heat damage if I were to do so. I’ve seen a few ladies roller set and then wrap with saran wrap to obtain a silky smooth finish.

Bridget J.
Bridget J.
6 years ago

I agree with Pbotts. I believe the author was clear in stating that each individual has to determine what works best for their hair type. I am looking forward to others sharing information about what works for them. As for me, adding water or water based products daily help to keep my hair moisturized; however, shampooing my hair frequently destroys the moisture balance of my fine(3c/4a) hair strands. Thus, I co-wash weekly and shampoo approx 1x/month. It works to cleanse my strands yet allow my hair to retain moisture.

imani
imani
6 years ago

Coloring was my issue.I just LOVED MY SELF APPLIED HIGHLIGHTS! I failed 2 really pay attention to my ENTIRE head.id see weird frizz in the back when id be checking out my hair. For 4 yrs I didn’t understand why the curls in the front were AWESOME but the ones at the back lacked any definition and were a frizzy mess.I finally realized I had different textures that were affected differently by the coloring. Finer more delecate strands at my back& nape were destroyed by the chemicals! After discovering the reason I still tried 2 dc the hair into behaving.… Read more »

i.mean.really
i.mean.really
6 years ago
Reply to  imani

I had to have a come to Jesus moment with color too. I did not care for my colored hair properly. Last winter I was looking at my hair and it was shredded. I had so many split ends it was disgusting. I slowly trimmed it off and switched to henna. It doesn’t give me the options that traditional color did, but my hair has been a lot healthier and I’ve had to trim less because the ends aren’t a mess.

Unfortunately, I decided to stop coloring right around the time that my hair decided to get hella gray.

luvnM3napturally
luvnM3napturally
6 years ago

3 1/2 years natural 3 big chops, most recent one definitely by choice. I’ve been contemplating #1 for some time now. My hair suffered from my over moisturizing it. It was limp, frizzy & my curls would not hold. I’ve trying to find a balance between protein & moisture.

Glam
Glam
6 years ago

Im thinking about doing another CHOP.…

Tabatha
Tabatha
6 years ago

I sprits my hair with water like maybe every 2 days before I put oil and Shea butter in it especially since its the winter and it just sucks the moisture out. The style limitations I’m actually just trying to get used to how thick my hair is and how to style it to where its back, but not so tight that it gives me a head ache. I have been trying for a long time to get a good twist out or braid out and I’m getting better, its just going to take more practice. I can’t do the… Read more »

Seleste
6 years ago
Reply to  Tabatha

Inotmraoifn is power and now I’m a !@#$ing dictator.

virtuenow
virtuenow
6 years ago

I disagree with number 1. All hair needs moisture– and naturally, needs water (the #1 moisturizer). Having it on a daily basis is even better. If some hair can’t take it b/c of shrinkage, that means oversaturation. All it takes is a little moisture. I think 4c ladies need to get more in tune w/water moisture; point #1 is reminiscent of 4c ladies being afraid of water.

Rachel
Rachel
6 years ago
Reply to  virtuenow

You may disagree, but what applies your hair doesn’t necessarily apply to others’ hair. Every head of hair is different, and the article simply stresses that fact, and the fact that you don’t have to follow rules others think true because your hair is not theirs. I can’t sprtiz my hair daily, it doesn’t work for me. And I’m perfectly ok with that, and the fact that it works for others.

JENNID
JENNID
6 years ago

I don’t know what to make of these observations. 3and 4 make perfect sense. Number 1 and two are somewhat conflicting. You say that some shouldn’t go about apply water or water based products due to matting and detangling but in number two you mention sweating it out in the gym and swimming frequently. What’s the difference in someone misting their hair daily and someone totally submerging their hair in the pool or sweating it out in the gym almost daily? Water is water right? I mean I cant apply a sprtiz cause mybhair will matt up but swimming in… Read more »

Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
6 years ago
Reply to  JENNID

@Jennid: I agree. I was trying to figure out what’s wrong with meshing? Lol. I just unmesh it. Anyway I think all the confusion starts here: “4 things You Can’t do if you want longer hair”. Can’t is a word that people just don’t want to wrap their minds around today. We know there are things we can and can’t do to our hair, we know we have to write our own instruction in regard to our hair. So why come here? (BGLH) For me I enjoy hearing others take on natural hair. When it’s something I don’t agree with… Read more »

lahblooplah
lahblooplah
6 years ago
Reply to  Deedeemaha

I agree. Although the article was informative, It’s just not something that grabs my interest. It actually does the opposite, I end up reading the article with disdain. Sure I get it, sometimes there are rules we just have to abide by, but dang it I also wanna enjoy my hair, moreover, I just want to enjoy my life. I’m also a type 4 chick, but I’m not letting that stop me.

Nooni
Nooni
6 years ago
Reply to  JENNID

@Jennid:
R u thick? There is a massive different between a spritz and a pool! Hair shrinkage (at least for me) is affected by the amount of water! Shrinkage increases massively if I dunk my head in a pool.

Honestly, everyone’s hair is different and for many of us JC’s tips work.

Maybe not for you, but apparently you can’t grasp that these tips are just tips, not hard and fast rules for everyone.

Jc
Jc
6 years ago
Reply to  JENNID

Jennid, your question is perfectly logical. I swim 2–3 tiems a week. I have previously worn twists and African threading for this (own hair, no extensions). Both of these styles were a nightmare to take down because the meshing generated from wetting the hair and washing it 3 times a week was too much. However, in my own hair braids, this meshing never happens to that extent. There is a big difference between meshing which can be undone and meshing that is going into matting / locking territory. Mini twists or even medium twists go into this locking territory for… Read more »

JENNID
JENNID
6 years ago
Reply to  Jc

Thanks fo the reply. So its a matter of picking a style that doesn’t mesh to the point of frustration and locking. Does make sense that braids would be better for swimming and the gym. This has helped me a lot. Thanks again.

Tisha
Tisha
6 years ago

What is a material scientist?

Mimi
Mimi
6 years ago
Reply to  Tisha

Google/research it 🙂

Jc
Jc
6 years ago
Reply to  Mimi

Tisha, here you go — the general wiki version and two of the leading university courses (UK) descriptions of general material science and my speciality which is material science for medical applications

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Materials_science

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate_courses/courses/materials_science/materials_science.html

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/courses/mechanicalmaterialsandmanufacturingengineering/bsc-biomedical-materials.aspx

Kendra
Kendra
6 years ago

I just love how some people on here are experts on every one’s head of hair in the entire natural world. There was nothing wrong with this article and the way in which the research was collected. Furthermore, what does a title (trichologist) have to do with someone’s ability to study up on hair and use their OTHER skill sets and knowledge (which in this case happens to be EXTREMELY legit) to come to a scientific conclusion. GIVE ME A BREAK AND KEEP IT MOVING TROLLS. P.S. I’m a 4B natural whose hair does NOT benefit from watering everyday and… Read more »

Glam
Glam
6 years ago
Reply to  Kendra

WAIST LENGTH!?!!! I can only dream.…post a pic please. ..

Candice
Candice
6 years ago

I definitely agree with this post. When I first started with my natural hair journey, I was moisturizing everyday. That worked when I had a TWA, but as my hair grew, the moisture was creating a “jerry curl” look and my hair was reverting all the time because I was remoisturizing everyday. I’m three years in now and I moisturize my hair once a week or not. Just as needed basically. I know my hair. My strands are fine and they hold moisture well. I also am in a protective style 80% of the time. I don’t sleep without a… Read more »

greengirl
greengirl
6 years ago

Also I have a problem with touching my hair ALL the time. I wish I could stop. I know it wears down when i do this. I notice my strands were thicker before I started touching. Now I am worried I have OCD or something?? Does anyone else have a problem with touching their hair?? And does it wear down and look frizzier after a few weeks of touching? I did this for months, I am noticing the strands look less shiny so I agree with that whole thing about hair being like fabric?? wow my strands look more wore down.

JENNID
JENNID
6 years ago

How is one able to miosturize and seal on wash day and keep that moisture level without adding water? Can some of you ladies who are having success with this give some examples of techniques or good products yo use to make this successful? JC. is a big advocate of this and has written an article about it before. I would love some examples to go along with the post.

i.mean.really
i.mean.really
6 years ago

#2 definitely applies to me. I always want to do a long term protective style to avoid the tension of daily manipulation and allow my ends to stay tucked together. However, twists and braids are not my friend! No matter the method of twisting, after three days my twists start to unravel and look frizzy. I would constantly retwist hairs that had popped loose; constantly manipulating, defeating the purpose of long term protective styling.

I always assumed that I wasn’t good at twisting or something. If anyone has that problem what do they do as alternative protective style?

honeybrown1976
honeybrown1976
6 years ago

I limit direct heat on my hair. I don’t wish to damage it. So, I flat iron my hair once or twice a year. Also, I wish to color my hair. But, I don’t because damage is not desired. So, I use Jamila henna for a tinge of color, and that’s fine. However, I do moisturize my hair daily, maybe every other day, because my hair gets thirsty. I don’t use heavy products, which makes the difference.

freedompls
freedompls
6 years ago

Too much laws already…the laws of God n the laws of the land…I’m going to eeeenjoy my hair! Lol

Tip
Tip
6 years ago

This article is a quick reminder for all to do what works for you. My stands range from 3b to 4a & it took me almost a year to develop a regimen that worked. I had to learn #1 the hard way. DC’d my hair overnight one time & woke up to a gummy, matted mess! Even spraying my hair with water everyday was too much for my hair to handle. As time went on, I learned that for me less is more. As long as I properly moisturize & seal my hair on wash day, I don’t have to… Read more »

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fine hair here! I learned the hard way that all those mini twists and braid styles were causing unnecessary breakage due to all of the manipulation. I can however moisturize as often as I like although it’s only necessary every 3–4 days.
Hair color and heat? what are those? Yes I’ve given them up. I wouldn’t dare if I want to keep my hair on my head LOL. I can get away with a nice warm blow out chased with a quick flat iron.…..once every 1–2 years I do it. My hair is much happier now 🙂

Vee
Vee
6 years ago

Mini twists are the DEVIL!!! I love how they look, and styling is a breeze, but dang, taking them out.… Oh the headache and pain involved… Nope, just not worth it. Medium twists are great for me thanks!

As for heat, yup I’m with you on that, once a year, so it better be a dang good reason!

Phoxxie
Phoxxie
6 years ago
Reply to  Vee

My hair is in mini twists now. I’ve never had a problem with takedowns. I guess the key is to spritz them and oil them so that its easier.

Glam
Glam
6 years ago

Mostly type 3 and a little bit of type 4 hair here…I definitely cant wet my hair everyday, and although I love the Bantu knots and twist styles I see the ladies wearing…I just end up with breakage when I manipulate my hair too much. I find that the bun, coconut oil castor and a heavy cream are my best friends…I visit the hair stylist once every quarter and use Flexirods for big hair styles when I do it myself.…I do use color because I gave grey around my edges but I only apply it on the grey hair.…protein treatments… Read more »

Isolina
Isolina
6 years ago

I’ve found that the products from Nutress Hair really helped my hair grow long and healthy, despite the heat and color I put on my hair. Try them out!

Tyler
6 years ago

I’ve never heard that spritzing your hair daily could be a bad thing. That’s new for me.

Tyler
http://onelittleblackdress.com

mama eva
mama eva
6 years ago

i started my natural hair journey aba five months ago ( oct 2013). and my hair is aba 4 inches now. i had the chop anyways but not exactly down to my scalp. i have been putting lots of water in my hair and shea butter and olive oil but my hair breaksi still, pls help i am new to this and sometyms it becomes frustrating. i am mostly in extensions but i guess it might also be a cause.….. im so confused as to how to manage my hair.…… i am 4c.….…

Latoya
Latoya
6 years ago
Reply to  mama eva

It’s possible that you are applying too much oil and butter to your hair. I know on here they talk about moisture and protein as causes, but even before that I think you should see if it’s the oil/butter. The reason is because too much of it can block the water from penetrating the strands. I would suggest you do a clarifying wash to get rid of any build up on the strands, condition, then reapply the oil with the water, then the butter only using a little bit. You may not need to oil your hair every day, but… Read more »

mama eva
mama eva
6 years ago
Reply to  Latoya

thank u latoya, u r absolutely right aba the extensions. ive been using human hair for my extensions and i agree it is the cause. Also the oil, water n butter is too much i knew it was but i was driven by the fact that i want loong hair, lol. i need to exercise patience i guess.….. thanks for ur advice. i will comply. im grateful

Mila
Mila
6 years ago
Reply to  mama eva

Wash your hair 2 times a week Apply aragan oil on your ends Apply conditioner whenever you want. Don’t apply it frequently. Do not apply shea butter or olive oil for now. Use less heat. If you want to dye your hair dont do all of it as the hair paint has peroxide which damages your hair so for e.g Do a couple of highlights if you really want to dye your hair. Drink a lot of water. Don’t apply a lot of water on your hair. Eat a lot of vegetables and fruit to give your body essencial vitamins and minerals. If you dont like… Read more »

Rach
Rach
6 years ago
Reply to  mama eva

try sealing in the moisture with a lighter cream butter. I prefer Camille Rose butters. For me shea butter sucks the moisture out. I can add my leave in conditioner, an oil and then coat with a light layer of shea butter and my hair is soon dry, its very weird. it will feel moisturized for a while but soon enugh its dry. I’d day leave the shea butter out of your routine and see if that helps/

Mel
Mel
6 years ago

Hi! I’m French and mixed, I don’t know what type my hair is and where I live there is not place where I can figure it out… Could you help if I send a picture? Merci!!

Andrea
Andrea
6 years ago
Reply to  Mel

Bonjour Mel. Je’m appelle Andrea. Je habite dans Paris par 5 ans, 2007–2012. Mon famille et moi habitions dans la Sud auteur Aix-en- Provence region Petruis, Joques, etc. Maintenant nous habitons Etas–Unis. Quel quen etes dans Paris, je fait marche par cheveux products a Auchan (acote Disneyland), Chateau D’eau ( ce’st prochain Gare D’lest dans Paris. Auchan supermarche produits par cheveux métis ce’st bien. Aussi leur prixes bien. Allons les produits ( shampoo, après- shampoo, pomade, crème hydra tante )tu besoin cherche a Auchan par ton cheveux : Shea beurre et karite,noi de coco, huile olive, legumes barre de savon. Produits… Read more »

Andrea
Andrea
6 years ago
Reply to  Mel

Aussi Mel, je voudrais appliqué pas echappe utilize chauffeur lissage sur ton cheveux un plus deux fois la annèe. Particularmant maintenant quand il y a pluie et frois. Tros Beaucoup chauffeur crèe dommage et cheveux casse.

Si voulez vous sante long cheveux pasèe ton breitelle soutien gorge aux la derrière, ce’st important tu besoin habille protectant coiffure style 3 aux 4 chaque semaine. Par ouvert style 2 fois chaque semaine. Tu voir possible la difference ton la cheveux, si tu continue avec sante reglement regimen.

Si vous avez questions contact moi: Facebook: Zenkiea Hjerpe

Bon Chance!

Queen Esther
Queen Esther
6 years ago

On the NO HEAT GOSPEL Valid points and of course everyone’s hair is different I’m still learning mine. I’m trying to figure out a little strang ethinsg about my hair. I have gone natural and this is my second time around 18 months and I have NEVER used heat on my hair because I’m too afraid with all the ANTI heat sentiments going round( and they have scientific explanations) but I also cant ignore one thing that the last time I was natural my hair grew soooo much and I would blow dry it on high heat every weak, yet… Read more »

Naomi
Naomi
6 years ago
Reply to  Queen Esther

Hello Queen Esther,

Alicia James talks about her experience with heat here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xMMB0f_9pk&feature=youtube_gdata_player. She calls it heat stretching, too. You could also check out what products she has used. In her latest live session she mentions her new products. Her about section also has links to relevant faq videos and her blog. Hope this helps. 🙂

Queen Esther
Queen Esther
6 years ago
Reply to  Naomi

Thank you Naomi will definitely have a look.

Whynot
Whynot
6 years ago
Reply to  Queen Esther

EXACTLY. Back when I was using royal crown/water/ and sulfate shampoo my hair grew so long. Now with all of this natural “dos and don’ts” my hair has stopped growing.

Joslyn
Joslyn
6 years ago

i find that doing a bi-weekly hot oil treatment gives my hair a great amount of moisture and nourishment. along with a deep conditioning. I keep it in two strand twists which i unravel, sprits with water and lightly seal with an oil or butter or both and then retwist. this low manipulative hairstyle helps me retain majority of my hair length. My hair is tightly coiled and very absorbent. i big chopped over a year ago. As well i wear a satin scarf faithfully to keep that moisture in. before this regimen my hair was always dry and tough… Read more »

TCole
TCole
6 years ago

Well here’s my dilemma. I am 6 days shy of my 30th birthday and I have a good number of grey hairs (I get it from my momma). They must be dyed! My hair does not take dye well, so I must use permanent color. I don’t see how it is any more harmful than professional color, but I do see a professional if I want highlights. I have had some sort of color in my hair since high school and I know what my hair can take. I used to bleach the ba-jeezus outta my hair when I had… Read more »

Adelia Thorne
Adelia Thorne
6 years ago
Reply to  TCole

I feel your pain! I turned 30 in June but I have had greys since I was in my teens (got it from mum too). I had locks from 2007-May 2014 when I did my big chop. I also dyed my locks with permanent colour but I haven’t since my BC because I was trying to not put any chemicals at all. Now my hair has a mixture of black, white and goldish brown hair (the greys are turning gold as they get longer so they look like highlights). I have no idea if to start back dyeing my hair,… Read more »

Phoxxie
Phoxxie
6 years ago

I just cannot co-sign on this article. Sorry.

Whynot
Whynot
6 years ago

Everyone has different hair/texture. I’ve never heard of the eliminating water thing. I can put water on my hair all day and all night and it doesn’t break or hasn’t stopped the growth. Been 8years natural. Some folks say braid/twists are protective. I say they are not. I’ve only had braids one time and they ruined my hair or rather my curl pattern. Can we end all conversations about natural hair? We obviously don’t know what one person needs versus what another one needs to get long strong natural hair. It’s too varied.

shirley clark
shirley clark
6 years ago

I did the big chop, taking biotin 10,000 hair will not grow, do cold wash every week, hair is very fine , just wont grow HELP ME PLEASE

T
T
6 years ago

Hey guys, I’ve got fine afro hair and I’ve just had the Arosci IRS treatment. They use alot of heat but no chemicals. I want my hair to grow longer and thicker, any ideas guys?

AJ
AJ
6 years ago

I’m definitely plagued by the styling limitations factor. I exercise almost daily, I live in an EXTREMELY humid atmosphere (I can only describe the humidity here as like a constant coating on your skin and the air is thick to breath) and to top it all off, I’m in the Navy so our uniform regulations are also extremely limiting on what styles we can and cannot wear. Feel free to assume that my hair likes to act up on a regular basis. I’ve managed to work in moisturizing every other day though(some times every day, but not routine) by immediately… Read more »

Jhazy242
Jhazy242
6 years ago

Every natural hair wearer shpuld check this out. Shows scientifically that oil doesn’t suffocate the hair, and coconut pil is the best. No matter how much oil we put in our hair, water will get in.

http://bglh-marketplace.com/2014/04/a‑scientific-response-to-ouidads-claim-oil-does-not-seal-in-moisture/

Belle
Belle
5 years ago

I had shoulder length hair but the top of my hair was really thin you could see my scalp so i.shaved it all off hopefully to grow it back even but it didnt the back is growing back but the top is still thin what should i use to help my hair grow back

Elle
Elle
5 years ago

I have to compromise with my hair: Since I love coloring my hair, I don’t heat style it at all anymore. I made a promise to only do one damaging thing to my hair so that I can retain my length. I can wet my hair day and night and still won’t get any damage (probably because my hair needs moisture from the permanent hair coloring). And I look kinda dumb with twists so I just mostly do a wash and go or roller set when I am up for that. My hair grows very fast, so I try to… Read more »

Krystal Hampton
Krystal Hampton
5 years ago

As a girl with long natural hair, there is some truth to this article. There are styling limitations to my hair that before didn’t exist. Because of my edges and the pull the extensions had on my hair, I can’t wear braids or twists. Plus, my hair is nearly the same length as the extension hair so really what’s the point? I don’t flat iron it because of where I live (South Korea) and if I can even get care. So my styling options are limited (weave for winter, twisted hair styles for spring,summer, and fall with a mix of… Read more »

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