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Hair growth before, during and after pregnancy

Our hair is our crown and we should pay more attention to it. When I say hair, I mean our natural hair. Hair extensions, wigs and all the rest are good but our primary concern should be with our natural hair that grows out of our head. I have neglected my natural hair for so long and I am still paying for all the damage I caused it. The good part of the experience was having the knowledge to care for my hair going forward and share my insight with my daughter and anyone who cares to listen.

Our hair grows at a rate f about 1cm every month. It is less for some of us and more for others. It all depends on the type of hair, genes and how we nurture our hair.

 

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Our hair lasts for between 1 to 6 years. Then it sheds and a new hair replaces it. On a good day, we lose around 100 hairs. The older we get, the less our hair grows, which is the younger you are, the easier it is to grow your hair. It is faster to our hair between the ages of 15 and 25 because this is when out hair is at the thickest. The irony of this fact is this is the stage most young girls are developing and finding themselves. So they end up experimenting with all sorts of hairstyles, which may damage their hair in the end. The hair usually thins out between the ages of 30 and 50 years.

 

Hormones and Hair Growth

Our hormones affect our hair in various ways. During the teenage years, our hormones make the hair greasier and curlier. While in menopause, our hair becomes drier. When we are pregnant, our hair becomes really thick and hair loss decreases massively thanks to the high levels of oestrogen and progesterone. I still remember how thick and long my hair was while pregnant with the twins. My hair was so healthy and shiny, it was unbelievable. However, once I had the kiddies, my hair started shedding at an alarming rate. All the hair that would have been lost over 9 months fell out within weeks after delivery.

 

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I went natural after childbirth and I have been growing my hair since then. My hair has really improved since I went natural. I have been nurturing it and paying more attention in ensuring it stays healthy. My efforts have paid off and my hair is thanking me for it.

How do you nurture your hair? Any hair growth tips?

 

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How I moisturise my natural hair

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I transitioned from texturised hair to natural hair about 5 years ago, and I have no regrets. My hair is strong and healthy, and I love how it looks. When I had texturised hair, my hair was horrible. I had no edges and my hair was breaking a lot. It was so weak and unhealthy, and I couldn’t stand the sight of it anymore. I was tired on hiding it underneath hair extensions that only made my hair condition worse, so I decided to embark on the long road to freedom – natural hair route.

 

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The journey has been long and hard but so worth it. It took me a long time to figure out hair products that worked great for my coarse hair. I tried all sorts of products and I am still trying new products regularly. In my search of trying out new products, I came across the amazing Naissance Fractionated Coconut Oil, Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Leave in Conditioning Cream and some great Sheamoisture Hair Care products. I use SheaMoisture Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Masquwe every 2 weeks and these products help create the right foundation for the rest of my hair care products. 

Before stumbling on these products, I have used lots of shampoos, conditioners, masques, oils and leave in conditioners. But my current hair care products mentioned above are the best for my hair type. They are so good for natural hair protective hairstyles too!

You can watch me in the video use Naissance Fractionated Coconut Oil and  Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Leave in Conditioning Cream. These products help me moisturise my natural hair beautifully, making it soft and manageable. They also help my hair grow and stay healthy. I can’t see myself ever not using this oil and leave in conditioner. They are the best hair products I have tried in a long time. Do watch the video and tell me what you think of these haircare products and how I moisturise my natural hair.  You can follow my YouTube Channel for more updates. 

 

 

How to Manage Natural Afro Hair

I have been keeping my natural hair for almost 2 years now, and the journey has been like a roller coaster ride. Some days, I get so sick and tired of the high maintenance nature of my natural afro hair, I feel like relaxing it. But then, I stop and remember why I decided to keep my hair natural, and that keeps me going.

 

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If you have been following my natural hair journey, you would know all about how unhealthy my hair was, which was the reason why I decided to keep my hair natural, free from chemicals.

My hair is now very healthy, and it is growing like weed, but it is so difficult to manage. Which is why I wear it in protective styles most times, and pop a wig on, which helps it grow.

 

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I have learnt many tricks and tips when it comes to managing my natural hair. I have a very coarse hair texture, so it is extremely difficult to manage my hair, but what works and what doesn’t.

Here are a few tips that work for my hair and may work for yours –

 

Moisturise everyday

I moisturise my hair everyday with water and Almond Oil in a spray bottle. I have a very dry scalp, and my hair tends to lose moisture very quickly, so using just water does not help. The Almond Oil helps soften my hair and retain moisture, which is great for my scalp and growth of my hair.

 

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Use a Deep Conditioner once a month

I use a deep conditioner once a month. This helps strengthen my hair, and leaves it shinning.

Use a Leave-in Conditioner

I use a Leave-in Conditioner everyday I have my afro out and twice a week when I have it in a protective style. It softens my hair, making it easy to manage, and it also helps in the growth.

 

 

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Wash every week

I wash my hair every week with Shea Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I make sure I leave the conditioner in for about 15 minutes before washing it out, which helps to soften my hair.

 

Wear my hair in protective styles to sleep

I never go to bed without putting my hair in a protective style, making sure to tuck in the tips.

 

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These tips have helped me in the pursuit of the Solange fro.

Do you have any tips or tricks that have worked for you to share? Please sound off in the comments section.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

 

 

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