Do you ever feel like your hair has been stuck at one length for the longest? I usually feel that way, but in reality, our natural hair is always growing. If you ask any naturalista what one of their hair goals were, 9 times out of 10 they want their hair to reach a certain length. And I mean, who doesn’t want long curls…even when shrinkage decides to be disrespectful?
There are a variety of things you can do in your regimen to promote natural hair growth and also retain that length, which is the most important!
Since returning to natural, I’ve done plenty of research and tried a few growth remedies that we’re about to discuss. Adding these remedies made a difference not only with the thickness of my hair but the overall strength and health too.
How to Promote Natural Hair Growth
Regular Scalp Massages
Doing regular scalp massages can increase blood circulation to the scalp which in turn helps promote growth. How often you do it is up to you, however, 2-3 times per week is a great start! You can either use your fingers or a scalp massager tool which is my favorite. I purchased mine from Amazon a while ago and it still works perfectly:
Here are more benefits of scalp massages:
- Helps strengthen the roots
- Conditions the scalp
- Helps prevent flakes + dryness
- Prevents excessive split-ends
When you do your scalp massages, I recommend using oil blends that contain ingredients that can promote growth. A few of them to try are Peppermint, Tea Tree, Rosemary, and Lavender oil. Make sure you dilute these with a carrier oil before using it.
You can also use my personal favorite: Ayurvedic oils. We’ll be talking about what Ayurveda is in the next section, however, here are a few of my favorites you should try:
- Deidre Forever Soothing + Stimulating Ayurvedic Oil
- Dominican Curly Ayurvedic Multipurpose Hair Oil
- SharNaturals Fresh Herbs + Ayurvedic Oil
Photo Credit: @deidreforever
Ayurveda is a holistic healing system that was developed thousands of years ago. One of the benefits of this system is the variety of herbs that can be used in our hair regimen! Ayurvedic herbs have many benefits, especially when it comes to hair growth.
These herbs can be found in some natural hair products or you can buy the powder to create your own DIY’s.
Not only does using these herbs consistently link to hair growth, but it also helps soothe scalp conditions, thickens the hair, and provides strength. Here are a few of my favorite herbs to use:
- Amla: Provides nourishment + strengthens roots
- Brahmi: Increases thickness + strengthens
- Cassia: Helps w/ scalp conditions + conditions
- Fenugreek: Helps with dandruff/itchiness
- Hibiscus: Contains vitamins that promote growth
I’ve started to invest in natural hair products with ayurvedic herbs because, let’s be honest, sometimes I don’t feel like mixing up a DIY every wash day! And I’m sure you don’t either. However, when I do have time, I love mixing different herbs together for a bomb treatment. Here is one DIY video I did and I used this as my pre-poo treatment.
For more information about Ayurvedic herbs and different ones you can use for hair growth, check out this blog post by blogger Melissa: 5 African Herbs for Hair Growth [Remedies That Really Work]
I’m sure you saw the rice water trend and wondered why in the world people were using this stuff in their hair! Well, rice water is another remedy to add to your regimen if you’re looking for growth. Fermented rice water contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help stimulate hair growth, reduce dandruff, detangle, and provide strength.
There are different ways you can make rice water; Youtube has many tutorials on how to do this. You can even find Youtubers who created a series using rice water and documented their growth over time.
Personally, I didn’t feel like making my own rice water and letting it sit for 12-24 hours before wash day. I decided to purchase a few products that contained this ingredient so I could still receive the benefits. Two natural hair brands that use this ingredient in their products are Curls & Potions and Nature’s Ego. With these, you don’t have to worry about the stinky smell that comes from fermented rice water.
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Last but not least, another way to promote natural hair growth is by using a hair tea rinse. You would use this by brewing the type of tea you want, letting it steep + cool off, and then pour it all over your hair and scalp after shampooing. Using hair tea has the following benefits:
- Reduces hair shedding + breakage
- Stimulates hair growth
- Strengthens the hair
- Helps with itchiness + dandruff
- Thickens the hair
I recently added herbal tea in my regimen that has been a game-changer. One of my favorites that can be used in a variety of ways is Dominican Curly’s Hibiscus Hair Tea. I created a video a few months ago showing 4 different ways you can use this in your regimen, and you can check out that video here!
Using hair tea has helped me with my scalp issues and reduced the amount of shedding I experience on wash day. I love making my tea the night before wash day so I can easily transfer it to my spray bottle and be ready to receive all of the goodness it has to offer!
Yes, following these remedies are great if you’re looking for alternative ways to promote natural hair growth. However, there are other steps you should be following in your regimen in addition to those remedies if you want to see a change in the overall health and length of your hair. Here are some healthy hair practices to follow:
- Keep your scalp clean
- Get regular trims
- Deep condition regularly
- Keep your hair moisturized
- Drink plenty of water
- Protect your hair every night
- Avoid chemicals/harsh ingredients
Let’s get these curls flourishing in 2020 and reach our length goals! Always remember though, healthy hair should always be your top priority. As long as you keep your hair healthy and follow a consistent regimen, the length will follow.