Tips on Hair Growth Series!

June 14, 2011 Oyibo Princess
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Hello all. As I said in my last post, I am starting a series on important hair growth tips for African textured and bi-racial textured hair.  But the truth is that the hair of the average human being, regardless of race or ethnicity, grows at the same rate. This is 1/2 inch per month, some 1 inch per month.   Therefore, most people can expect to get 6 to 12 inches of growth per year.  However, there are several reasons why kinky hair does not seem to grow as quickly:

  • Our hair tends to be dry and dryness leads to breakage.
  • Our hair is coiled and therefore the sebum takes longer to travel down the hair follicle of coiled hair than down the follicle of straight hair.  This is why people with naturally straight hair have more oily hair and need to wash it every day, whereas we do not.
  • Coiled hair is easily tangled and when hairs get caught on each other there can be unnecessary breakage if the hair is not carefully detangled.

Aside from than those three, other issues are mostly due to one’s individual habits.  But have no fear. Having long kinky hair is not impossible.

If you have not noticed, a lot of the issues above are related to BREAKAGE. Certain habits such as combing hair without care or sleeping on a cotton pillow can also cause breakage. That is why this summer, I will be writing blog posts which are related to preventing unnecessary breakage, in other words, maintaining length.  This will hopefully help you to develop your own regimen. Expect to see posts discussing:

  • Moisturizing
  • Detangling
  • Protective styles and general styling
  • Washing
  • Deep Conditioning
  • Your ends
  • Nutrition and Exercise
There is not much in this post. I just wanted to give people the heads up. Thanks and as always, if you have any questions, post in the comments section or email me at

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