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If you have a goal of having healthy natural hair, it’s apparent that among the other benefits that having healthy hair will result to having healthy growing hair. Having healthy hair is having the ability to grow your hair to the optimum length you desire. If you are doing what it takes to have healthy hair, you will certainly be doing what it takes to have long hair. I think it’s wonderful to say that having healthy growing hair is the ultimate goal for the majority.

I’m going to share with you six steps you should take when starting a new healthy hair journey unless you have a medical or health condition that affects your hair.  If acted upon, these six steps will help you reach your healthy hair goal.

1) Do Your Research

Your first approach should be is educating yourself about your hair. This will equip you as your gain inspiration. Do not overwhelm yourself by trying to learn everything all at once. There is so much information out there concerning natural hair. Some of which are confusing. Overwhelming yourself with vast amount of information can cause anxiety that can cause you to do too much to your hair, such as an over manipulating, becoming a product junkie, or over moisturizing which can result in in hydra fatigue. Hydra fatigue is where this is too much water absorption entering into the hair cuticle causing the cuticles to continuously expand and contract. Over time the stands become very weak leading to potential breakage and damage. This plays a role in the hair’s porosity of how it retains the moisture it needs. Although everyone’s hair and texture are unique, here are a few things you may be practicing right now without knowing the potential harm this overdoing approach can substantially slow down your progress practice patience with your hair as long as you’re in good health and you’re making a real effort and taking care of your hair and educating yourself your hair will flourish and grow. The most challenging part is making sure you retain length.

2) Have A Simple Regimen

Begin a regimen that works best for you. To understand your hair you will go through experiencing trials and failures. Its not called a natural hair journey for nothing.  As you learn your will slowly discover what works and does not work for your hair. As you get better you can then start to add more complex and targeted steps and products to your regimen. The most important principles to a hair regimen is to determine how often to handle, protect, cleanse moisturize, and treat your hair.

Handle-We often forget the importance of keeping it detangle free. Because in order to detangle your hair you must gently manipulate your hair which can be challenging. How you style your hair can also affect the detangling process, such as twists vs afro. Detangle hair when soaking wet can lead to breakage. Apply moisturizing conditioner that provides slip as you finger detangle or using a trusted detangling tool, such as a wide tooth comb, detangler teezer, or denman brush. Start at the ends and detangle slowly up to the root. Also, trim those single knots and formed hair ball(s), if unable to detangle. Your hair will grow back.

Protect-When beginning your natural hair journey pick 2 styles you can wear. I suggest protective style(s) that keeps your hair from producing tangles that you wear often and freestyle(s) that allows you to show off your progress your length and your texture that you wear less often. If your goal is to retain length then wearing your hair in a protective style more often is suggested, such as twists, updos, braids, weaves, wigs, or croctchet. Just be mindful the kind of protective hairstyle is not tight and does not cause damage to your hair.

Cleanse-When it comes to cleansing your hair select products that provides moisture with water as its first ingredients. Select to use a sulphate free shampoos as this will not dry your hair. What kind of products used often, how fast your natural oil is produced on your scalp, and your lifestyle determines how often your hair needs to be wash. Typically natural hair is washed 1 to 2 weeks. To be honest a big part of building your own personal hair regimen is to go through some failures. This will narrow down what did not work for your. When starting out at first. Begin  with a weekly schedule. Your hair will tell you if what you’re doing is working or not.

Moisturize-when it comes to moisturizing your hair. Have a routine that prevents your hair from becoming dry and brittle. How to start is by lightly moisturizing your hair in the morning and at night before you go to bed and to give your hair a boost by doing some sort of moisture retention treatment at least once a month. If you find out your hair still dries out and becomes brittle throughout the day change what you’re using to moisturize your hair or do a protein treatment. This will help hair retains moisture once your cuticles are restored.

 3) Select Products That’s Best For You

Products– For most naturals this can feel overwhelming. Our hair is unique to us. What may work for another, may not work for you. Finding the right products on the first try may not happen. When you’re dealing with your natural hair this process is based from trial and error.  Maybe you need to change to a moisturizing shampoo or conditioner that provides more slip to ease with the detangling. Or maybe after you conditioned your hair there’s no noticeable change and you may want to add natural agents, such as castor oil to maximize it effects. When you reach this point you will have an idea what is working and what is not working. If for some reason you can not figure it out, rather than tossing everything all at once, make a change or customize one product at a time so you can probably identify was causing the setback. Remember this is not called a natural hair journey for nothing.

4) Healthy Lifestyle

Unless you have a medical condition, having a healthy lifestyle, by staying active makes an impact on your hair. Drinking plenty of water, eating vegetables, leafy greens, lean protein, and taking multivitamins can boost in your overall health. Having less stress helps as well.

5) Know Your Hair Type and Porosity

Knowing your hair type and porosity will better assist you on how well your hair retain moisture. This will let you know if you need protein treatment or a hot oil treatment. Also you will learn if LOC or LCO method or both work best for you when it comes to sealing in water/moisture longer in your hair.

 6) Love Your Hair

Love your hair it is part of you. As you learn to accept your hair the way it is. This will make the trials and errors seem not to be a complete failure. You will personally discover what does not work for you. Comparing your hair to someone who has similar is not a bad idea. It can become motivating. However, issues arise when comparing your hair type to someone similar to yours is when you make unrealistic expectations and use comparisons to put yourself down. This is a big No, No. This will cause you to have anxiety, depression, desperation, and probably make you give up altogether. Having a clear and objective mindset is very important for any new task to take on in life. Understand that you will have setbacks. We all do in life. However, when encountering setbacks seek guidance from those that have similar experienced of your  hair types. Surround yourself with positive and factual knowledge to help you along in your journey.

These are just six helpful steps that you can start with toward achieving your healthy hair goal.