How to Make Afro Kinky Hair Longer

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How to Make Afro Kinky Hair Longer
All hair can grow long and healthy. (Child image by Miroslav from Fotolia.com)

Contrary to popular belief, hair grows at the same rate no matter the type and kinky Afro hair is no exception. Seeing growth, on the other hand, can be a challenge for kinky Afro hair since it tends to be drier and more prone to breakage. The key to growing long, lustrous locks is to avoid damage, protect your hair and nourish your body. Incorporate these techniques into your daily life to grow your kinky Afro hair longer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Multivitamin
  • Deep conditioning hair treatment
  • Silk scarf

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Massage your scalp daily using your fingertips. Rub your entire scalp from neck to headline, pressing firmly and moving smoothly over your head. According to L.A. stylist Philip B., "massaging stimulates the blood flow to your scalp, which helps nutrients get to your hair follicles more quickly."

  2. 2

    Take a multivitamin every day. UCLA dermatologist Harold Lancer says that the "antioxidant blends and vitamin B derivatives help increase hair strength."

  3. 3

    Avoid heat damage from styling tools such as hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons as these can cause breakage and drying. Instead, allow your hair to air dry and, if desired, use foam rollers to curl.

  4. 4

    Apply a deep conditioning treatment at home once a week. Slather on a protein-based conditioner to wet hair and allow it to penetrate for up to 30 minutes before rinsing. This will help to nourish and rebuild the hair shaft.

  5. 5

    Avoid using chemicals and relaxers as these harsh products strip the outer portion of the hair follicle, leaving it vulnerable to damage and breakage. Instead, opt for styles that protect the hair and give it a break from processing such as braids and twists.

  6. 6

    Wrap your hair in a silk scarf before going to sleep. The scarf allows your hair to slide smoothly across your pillow, protecting it from catching, breaking or becoming roughed up due to friction.

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