Step 1: Use a gentle shampoo. Many common
shampoos contain harsh sulfates that can strip your hair, causing
it to become dry and eventually leading to breakage. A good
gentle shampoos is Essentious Exonerate.
Harsh sulfates include:
These types of harsh shampoos should be used for clarifying
only. A clarifying shampoo can be used once monthly, if at all.
Clarifying shampoos can be used to remove excess buildup. The
following sulfates are gentle and will not damage your hair:
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
- TEA Laureth Sulfate
- TEA Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Polyoxethylene Fatty Alcohols
- PEG 80
- Sorbitan Laurate
- Decyl Polyglucose
- Cocamidoprpyl Betaine
- Sodium Myreth Sulfate
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
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Step 2: Use protein treatments to rebuild hair structure
and strength. Your hair is about 88% protein. These
proteins are of a hard fibrous type known as keratin. When hair
is chemically straightened, these bonds are broken, causing
the hair to lose strength. If this protein is not replaced,
it will eventually cause the hair to break. Egg treatments are
effective protein treatment for black hair and usually stops
breakage immediately. A protein treatment should be used every
other week (for chemically relaxed or damaged hair). If using
an egg treatment, heat should not be applied. The treatment
should be applied to the hair and covered with a plastic cap
for 60 minutes. If using another type of protein product, it
should be applied and covered with a plastic cap for 10-15 minutes.
For healthy hair, a protein treatment should be used every other
week, alternating with a moisture treatment.
Step 3: Use moisture treatments. Moisture
treatments help build hair’s resilience and prevent breakage.
If protein is not balanced with moisture, it can lead to breakage.
A good moisture treatment for black hair is Essentious Rejuvenate.
It can be used after your protein treatment. Or on alternating
weeks (one shampoo do the protein, and then the other shampoo
do the moisture.) This treatment may not leave your hair feeling
as "smooth" as many conditioners that contain silicones.
You can use any instant conditioner that you like after your
treatments to get a smoother feel. Instant conditioners are
not necessary and do not need to be applied with heat. If pre-shampooing
is done, the moisture treatment can be skipped.
Step 4: Use water and oil based moisturizers correctly.
Your hair may be dry even though you are using a variety of
moisture products on it. The reason is that oils and other moisturizing
products that contain petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oil do
not moisturize your hair effectively. Instead they seal moisture
in or out of your hair. They should only be used to seal the
hair and add shine. Water based moisturizers effectively penetrate
and moisturize the hair.
Some examples are:
- Triple Moisture
- Silk Touch Leave-in
- Profectiv Anti-Tangle Leave-in
- Profectiv Mega Growth
- Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong
- Elasta QP Mango Butter
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in
You can also try applying your oil moisturizer after rinsing
the moisture treatment to combat dryness.
Use a light oil moisturizer following the application of these
water based moisturizer to seal moisture in the shaft.
Step 5: Use hair vitamins to increase your growth rate
and lengthen your natural growth phase. Hair grows
at an average rate of about 1/2 inch per month. Your hair vitamin
should contain nutrients such as Biotin and Folic Acid that
make your hair grow faster. Also, they should contain MSM which
lengthens your natural anagen, or growth phase. This allows
your hair to grow much longer. Your anagen phase, or growth
phase, is genetically determined and limits the maximum length
that your hair can reach. The hair growth phase (anagen phase)
is one of three phases (growth, resting, and shedding) your
hair goes through during its cycle. For example, a person with
a 2 year anagen may only grow hair to their shoulders before
it enters the resting phase. On the other hand, a person with
a 4 year anagen will grow hair down their back before it enters
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Step 6: Use a wide tooth comb.
Step 7: Use a satin scarf/ pillowcase for sleeping.
Cotton scarves and pillowcases can absorb much needed moisture
from the hair. Satin does not have this effect. It allows your
hair to retain moisture, while protecting it from friction and
Step 8: Limit heat styling to once weekly, and use
thermal protectants. Heat styling can damage your hair,
especially if done too often. When you straighten your hair
with heat, you are temporarily altering the protein bonds in
your hair and weakening it. A good thermal protectant that can
be used when flat ironing hair is Silk Elements MegaSilk Heat
Protection Spray. It is only available at Sally’s Beauty Supply.
It should be sprayed directly on each section of hair just before
it is flat ironed.
Step 9: Wear protective styles. To minimize
breakage and retain moisture, try wearing your hair in a protective
style at least 3 days a week. Protective styles are those which
do not expose the ends, such as buns and French twists.
Step 10: Properly neutralize after applying chemical
relaxers.- Also, when you relax your hair, you need
to make sure you properly neutralize. You will first wash all
relaxer out with water. Wash with neutralizing shampoo at least
three times. Then apply the neutralizing shampoo once more and
let sit for 10 minutes. Then wash and proceed with conditioners
In order to achieve the longest hair possible you need to
do the following:
- Stop Hair Breakage - by following the hair care techniques
in Secrets for Faster Hair Growth, you can minimize your hair
breakage and allow you hair to reach it maximum length.
- Increase Anagen (Growth) Phase- Using Hair Vitamins with
MSM will naturallly lengthen your anagen phase and allow your
hair to grow much longer before entering the resting and shedding
- Address Any Other Problems that May Limit Growth- Using
specific types of products as part of a hair care regimen can
help reduce breakage and increase your hair length.
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