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8 Ways to Retain Hair Growth Naturally

Almost everyone grows hair, that’s no secret. There may be potions and pills on the market to help you grow hair faster, but what is the point of using these supplements or applications if you don’t embrace a healthy hair care regimen? Stop spending tons of money each month on hair growth supplements and focus on methods to combat hair breakage.

This article will discuss 8 ways to retain hair growth the natural way.

Wash Hair Less Often

Yes, you read it right! If you frequently experience dry/brittle hair, limit the weekly washes. For women who have coarse or kinky hair (like myself), it takes quite a while for the natural oils to reach the ends of our hair. Washing our hair every few days prevents the natural oils from ever reaching the ends depending on how thick the hair is. In return, ends can become severely dry and brittle, which lead to breakage. Not everyone can go more than a week without washing their hair, but if you can, I highly recommend washing every week and a half to two weeks. If you wish, try using a co wash to hold you over until your next shampooing.

Shampoo Thoroughly

When wash day comes, it is imperative to wash (shampoo) your hair thoroughly. Leaving product build-up (i.e. silicone, shea butter, coconut oil) on your strands will prevent moisture from getting in. Using a deep cleansing shampoo on the scalp and hair will get rid of old product, dirt and grime. Conditioners and styling product work at their optimum strength when applied to clean hair. Think of shampoo and conditioner like magnets, the shampoo (negative charge) and the conditioner (positive charge). In order to get the best performance from your conditioner, it has to stick to the hair shaft. Only negatively charged hair can receive silky smooth results from conditioning.

Use Moisturizers

Moisturizers contain emollients, used to provide deep hydration and reduce evaporation. It is best to use products that contain one or more emollients such as glycerin, panthenol, dimethicone, aloe vera, castor oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and shea butter. Retaining hair length is contingent upon the use of moisturizing products. Try Envii’s Deep Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner to give your hair that moisture boost that it needs.

Condition, Condition, Condition

I can’t stress this enough. If you run out of shampoo before conditioner, you are using way too much shampoo or way too little conditioner. The day to day stress we put on our hair from blow drying, flat ironing, exposure to direct sunlight, combing, styling etc causes our hair to lose those important protein bonds and structure of our hair strands. Imagine that every time you style your hair little building blocks are chipped away- this is happening on a microscopic level. Conditioning your hair is one of the most important things you can do for overall growth retention. Conditioner is a “temporary” repair to the hair strands. Once the hair is “damaged” there is nothing that can reverse the effects, but the properties in conditioner adhere to the hair and coat the shaft to prevent severe damage from wear and tear. Well conditioned hair will be soft to the touch and easy to manage. If you’re looking for excellent deep moisture conditioners, check out www.enviihaircare.com.

Alternate the Position of Ponytails/Buns

Updos are one of my favs, but that doesn’t mean that constantly wearing your hair pulled up will save your length. Hair breakage can occur from simply leaving your ponytail positioned in one spot for too long. My advice to you is to switch the positions in which you wear your ponytails or updos. Some days, wear your hair pinned up with bobby pins, other days wear a high/low ponytail or bun. In addition, it is best to wear your hair down throughout the month to reduce friction, but be mindful of snags and split ends that can occur from hair clinging to clothing. This advice also goes for parting hair and braids. It’s best to alternate positioning to reduce tension. Stress Alopecia can come from too much tension in one area of the scalp.

Braid Natural Hair

Goddess braids, two strand twists, french braids, are awesome protective styles that will save you time and hair length. I recommend refraining from the use of synthetic hair or any other material that will weight the hair down. Opt out of wearing your hair in small braids. The bigger the better because it takes less combing and manipulation to take down and detangle. Be gentle with pulling hair around the hair line since the front and side of our heads tend to be thinner and more fragile. While the hair is braided it is a good idea to spritz the hair with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and oil the scalp to prevent or minimize flaking and itching.

Minimize Heat Styling

Heat styling is the most damaging thing that we can do to our hair. Yes, hair dye and chemical processing is damaging but heat is more damaging because of the frequency in which we use it. The use of heat styling breaks down the protein bonds in our hair which causes it to become thin, dry and brittle. If you decide to use heat styling, I highly recommend using a heat protectant. Generally a good heat protectant will contain, dimethicone, amodimethicone or grapeseed oil. It is also very important to bring proteins back to the hair. Although it is a temporary fix, it will minimize breakage and hair loss. Try using products that contain keratin protein since it is the closest match to the proteins originally found in our hair. Furthermore, heat styling should be kept to a minimum. Once or twice a month is max for me, but it also depends on your hair type. If you don’t remember anything else after reading this article, remember to use a heat protectant anytime you apply heat to your hair. Ideally your hair should always be clean. Do not apply heat to dirty hair, it just cakes on dirt and grease.

Minimize Hair Wigs/Extensions

I am not opposed to hair weaves or extensions. However, I do believe that the use is best in moderation. Hair wigs/extensions can be easy maintenance and trendy, but the they also come with a cost. If you are one of the “lucky” ones that can wear wigs and extensions frequently without breakage and thinning then a big kudos goes to you! Unfortunately, most of us aren’t that lucky. The frequent use of hair wigs/extensions block out moisture, air, and proper scalp care. The biggest aid in hair growth is a clean and healthy scalp. Hair growth can’t reach its full potential if the scalp is not catered to. In addition, the tension and weight of wigs/extensions can cause irreplaceable damage to the hair line.

 

All in all, the best and simplest way to retain hair length is to leave it alone. Low maintenance and premium quality products are always key to reaching your hair goals.

 

Natural Hair, Natural Hair Journey, Hair Growth

Why Having Alopecia Didn’t Stop Me

 

What a difference time can make.

Natural Hair, Natural Hair Journey, Hair Growth

Left image (Big Chop) and Right image (Hair Growth)

The photo on the left is the only photo I have of me when I decided to be brave and go through with the Big Chop on December 21, 2015. I absolutely hated how short my hair was! I thought that I was going to have a short cut with waves and a fine texture like Jada Pinkett-Smith…

To my surprise- that didn’t happen…

Some parts were curly while other sections were wavy and straight. I wore wigs until my hair grew to a more manageable state (about 6 or 7 inches). Not only did I hate having my hair cut so short, having Alopecia made me afraid. Every year since 2007 I’d find quarter-sized bald spots in the back of my head.

What if everyone noticed? How does someone with Alopecia start their hair growth journey when chunks of hair fall out at unforeseen moments? What if people noticed? Would they laugh?

I grew up never knowing my true hair texture until I decided to “go natural.” Going natural was a huge test of confidence for me. Here I was thinking that I had fine textured hair for 26 years of my life. Only to find out that I had coarse unruly hair in which some sections were semi-curly, loose curls, tight curls and coarse zip-zag shaped strands.

My hair wasn’t perfect like the models and countless natural hair bloggers I’d seen on YouTube and Instagram.
After a year of wearing wigs and braids, 2013 was the year that I felt brave enough to be myself and battle the realm of uncertainty. I studied various natural hair styles and found what worked best for me. My go-to style was the Fro-hawk.

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My Fro-hawk in 2014

I remember spending hundreds of dollars every month or month and a half on natural hair products. I went through the dreaded “wash ‘n’ go” attempts. I must say, the phrase “wash ‘n’ go” is completely misleading. I watched tons of video tutorials on “how to perfect your wash ‘n’ go.” That didn’t work for me. I have what is known to some natural hair enthusiasts as 4b/4c hair type. Most products catered to women and men with 1a to 3b hair types. I tried co-washing, I tried curl puddings and all the other products that were on the market. For the most part, my hair was still dry and brittle and if I didn’t experience dryness I dealt with product build up, flaking, and looking like I had a Jerri Curl. I spent day in and day out researching natural alternatives to store bought hair products because I knew something had to give me relief.

I had hundreds of questions- what does natural mean? Has the FDA defined what is considered a natural ingredient? Am I getting ripped off?

All these hair companies kept saying how their products help your hair retain moisture and combat frizz. If so, they must not be addressing us women with 4b/4c hair types because my hair was the definition of dry. I was faced with either continuing to spend my hard earned money looking for that “miracle” product or put my Bachelor Degree in Chemistry to use and work day and night to create a product that truly worked for my hair. I started with determining what ingredients my hair didn’t need and deciphering what each ingredients intended purpose was. I knew that I wanted to create a product line with a focus on essential oils. Although the use of essential oils are pricier than extracts (found in most products), I discovered that extracts don’t provide “true” moisture. Pure essential oils have medicinal properties along with several benefits for hair growth, healing scalp conditions and moisturizing hair. I’ll save my product creation journey for another post…

After countless trial and error events, I mastered what worked for my hair and I figured that if it works for my coarse and brittle hair, it has to work for others like me.

Natural Hair, Long Hair, Healthy Hair Now back to my Alopecia. Between 2007 and 2012 I experienced balding in different parts of my head ranging from a nickle to a quarter in size. I always wore weaves and wigs when my hair would fall out. I didn’t know if Alopecia was common and if it was a curable condition. I wondered if I was doing something wrong and endlessly stressed myself out with trying to guess when I was going to lose a patch of my hair again. Wash day was always dreadful. After I decided to give relaxers and other forms of chemical processing a break, I became very protective of my hair and scalp. I learned to love my hair and I began treating it very delicate as if it were a prized possession. I thought to myself, if we are apart of the earth, then why wouldn’t consuming things of the earth replenish what was lost? Alopecia doesn’t go away, but I learned how to treat the condition. It has been almost 5 years since my last bald spot. There are a few lifestyle changes that I believe is attributed to my Alopecia lying dormant for all these years, but one of them without a doubt is the use of my hair care line that was created to combat severely dry and brittle hair.

If you’re interested in learning more about my premium quality handmade hair care line, please visit www.enviihaircare.com.

 

Do you suffer from Alopecia?

Did you experience similar events?

I’d love to know about your hair journey!

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5 Best Essential Oils to Combat Dry Brittle Hair

So many of us suffer with dry and brittle hair. Battling dry hair can be a life long journey for those with highly textured hair. In addition, the use of heat styling tools and chemical treatments can eventually cause split ends and dry unruly hair. 

So what kind of hair care products  should someone with moderate to severely dry hair use? The most important thing to look for is the use of pure essential and carrier oils as ingredients in your products. Do not confuse extracts with oils, as they are soaked in alcohol and are more diluted. In order to help you out with your next hair care purchase  we’ve created a list of the 5 best essential oils to add and retain moisture to your strands. 

Roman Chamomile Oil 

This essential oil is best for dry brittle hair and adds shine to dark hair. It conditions and greatly improves softness and luster. 

Geranium Oil 

The use of geranium essential oil breathes new life into dull and limp hair. Contains antioxidants that repair damaged hair and add shine to dull locks. 

Rose Oil 

Rose oil keeps hair moisturized and prevents dehydration. 

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass essential oil helps to gain thick and lustrous hair. It is a natural moisturizer and can prevent dry scalp and dandruff.

Sandalwood Oil 

This essential oil moisturizes and hydrates dry flaky skin. Nourishes dry hair and helps prevent dry ends and unruly hair. 

 

Next time you are in the market for premium quality hair care products  check out Envii Haircare. We provide a full range of premium quality handmade hair care products that are formulated to give you stronger, longer and healthier hair.

 

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6 Best Essential Oils for Hair Growth

 

 

Do you struggle with hair growth or retaining length?

Well, you’re not alone!

Although genetics play a huge role in the rate in which your hair grows, there are still some proven methods in which you can stimulate hair follicles and generate new cell growth.

There is no secret to the role essential oils play when it pertains to our health and healing, but did you know that essential oils also serve as a major component to achieving stronger, longer and healthier hair?  Check out the top winners for hair growth, below:

Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil treats dry and scaly scalp while stimulating hair follicles. As a result, hair will grow longer and stronger.

Lavender

Lavender essential oil is quite popular for its soothing and therapeutic properties, but it also is known to promote hair growth. This oil is excellent for preventing itching and dandruff. In addition, it reduces hair loss and makes hair soft and shiny.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil stimulates hair follicles. It works to bring down inflammation in the scalp which creates an ideal environment for hair growth.

there are still some proven methods in which you can stimulate hair follicles and generate new cell growth.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood essential oil moisturizes and hydrates dry flaky skin. Stimulates hair growth and promotes luscious locks. This wonderful oil also nourishes dry and unruly hair.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil promotes healthy hair and hair regrowth. It also leaves the hair shiny and lustrous. Acts as a de-tangler and is full of vitamin C.

Neroli

Neroli essential oil is an exotic oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. This oil ranks high on the list for hair benefits, but is quite expensive. Neroli helps keep the scalp clean with its antibacterial properties and promotes the generation of new cells. There are several reasons to consider including this oil into your hair regimen.

If you are in the market for hair care products that contain these essential oils, try Envii Haircare’s products. Each product is formulated and designed to optimize hair growth and retain moisture.

 
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