How to Grow Out Afro Hair Naturally

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Growing out Afro hair can be a long and tedious process, depending on factors such as hair length and the amount of damage the hair has endured. Afro hair is fragile, and needs to be cared for properly to avoid breakage. However, despite popular belief, Afro hair can be grown out to long lengths. Learn how you can naturally grow out your Afro hair while increasing its overall health.

Skill level:
Moderate

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  • Organic hair products

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Instructions

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    Refrain from using chemicals on your hair. Products such as dyes and perms can cause damage that can only be removed by cutting off the affected hair and starting over. Perms may present a convenient way to keep your hair straight, but exploring other options such as weaves can help you avoid using chemicals on your hair.

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    Keep your ends trimmed. Cutting off split ends keeps the hair healthy and encourages more growth. If you get your hair cut in a salon, let your hair stylist know exactly how much you'd like cut off, to prevent her removing more hair than necessary.

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    Avoid combing directly through knots and tangles. Afro hair usually has a curly texture and tangles easily. Work your way through tangles by combing gently from top to bottom and stopping to ease out knots.

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    Wear your hair in protective styles. Protective styles are usually hairstyles such as buns, updos, high ponytails, and cornrows or braids. These hairstyles will keep your hair away from clothing that can snag the loose strands and break them.

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    Use products with natural, organic ingredients. Shampoos and conditioners with lots of man-made chemicals and compounds can affect your hair's growth rate, as well as its health. You can find natural products by visiting organic stores. Look for products that say "organic" on the bottle and use ingredients such as aloe vera.

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