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April 05, 2019 4 min read

It is often considered that African women cannot grow hair easily and naturally. But it is just a myth. African women can grow hair normally but they face issues in retaining hair length.  We have talked to many African women about their hair growth secrets and read the blog posts of many African hair experts.

For growing black hair, the most important thing is knowing the structure of your hair. After knowing the structure of your hair, maintain a hair care routine and follow it strictly for 3 months to see the noticeable results. Hair routine includes braiding your Afro hair often, trimming hair when you feel the need, washing your hair every week, regular deep conditioning using protein treatments.  To grow hair naturally, it is essential to take supplements along with a healthy diet.

For quick results, you can use many herbs and oils. Avoid excessive styling that involves tight braiding or exposure to heat to save your hair from damage and hair loss.

In this article, we have developed a list of 8 black hair growth secrets for African women. These secret ingredients and techniques are effective for African women and they have been using these techniques for centuries.

Keep reading if you want to grow long, healthy hair in a short period of time.

  1. Rooibos Tea


We have not found any evidence that Rooibos tea was traditionally used in South African hair routine but it belongs to South Africa. Rooibos tea is a famous tea drink that comes without caffeine. Different scientific studies conducted show that rooibos tea is rich in antioxidants. It also has antimicrobial effects and it is getting popular among herbs lovers who use tea to rinse their hair to get strong and healthy hair.

  1. Marula oil


Marula oil is another traditional oil that comes from South Africa and Mozambique. It is mostly used as a skin moisturizer and it can be processed further to use in foods. Like all other oils, Marula oil is rich in oleic acid. But it is not suggested for people who have scalp issues such as eczema and dandruff. It is also rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and minerals that prevent environmental damage.

If you use Marula oil regularly, you can get beautiful, shiny and smooth hair.

  1. Rhassoul Clay


Rhassoul Clay has been used for centuries in African care routine for healthy skin and care. It is famous for drawing out impurities and toxins from the skin and hair. In the 8th century, it was used as a cleansing shampoo. You can make hair masks and conditioners using rhassoul clay. It is an excellent exfoliator and eliminates dead skin cells. It balances the sebum production on the scalp to fight dandruff.

  1. African Black Soap


African black soap comes traditionally from West African countries such as Ghana. It is really popular in North America. African Black soap is made from plant ash (cultivated in African countries) and oil (mostly shea butter). Some people claim that African black soap is gentler than traditional soap but still, it is a soap. It means it will always have a high pH value so if you are sensitive to high pH products, then do not use it at all.

  1. Use of Oils and Creamy Products


One thing popular across the continent is oiling. It can be any oil either coconut oil or Argan oil and African love oiling and creamy products to retain the healthy moisture level of hair. If you are into hair care or you have a little knowledge about hair care, you can easily understand the importance of coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter etc for softer and smoother hair. Super Serum is the ideal product filled with natural oils. 

If you are facing an issue of dry hair, include any oil or butter in your hair care routine.

  1. Ghee (butter)


Ghee is a refined form of butter and you can easily find it in any Indian or Pakistani Food store. People in subcontinent consume ghee in their food and believe that ghee has many benefits for smooth and shiny skin and hair. People in Africa particularly Ethiopian communities use the butter for strong and beautiful hair. The butter or ghee is a great moisturizer and it is effective for strengthening hair due to the concentration of unsaturated fats just like in coconut.

  1. African threading


African threading is another important tip to follow for growing long hair. Thanks to YouTubers for giving a modern touch to threading and teaching girls new ways to wrap hair in a twisted style using threads. Initially, this technique was broadly used in West Africa and Central Africa for the protection of hair in a stylish manner. It protects your hair ends in a stylish way by using a black thread. Avoid tight threading and washing your hair when threaded.

In 2019, it is used in the same way to stretch your hair without using any heat.

  1. Braiding

Intricate braiding is an important attribute of many modern and traditional African tribes and communities. Many African women (modern ones too) still chose to braid as their regular hairstyle because it is easy and saves a lot of fuss. Many African communities such as Ethiopian tribes, Himba women from South Africa, East African tribes and Nigerian women go for long braids.

Long braids are considered a symbol of beauty in African culture and help to maintain hair length. It is considered a protective hairstyle to maintain the length of hair and protect hair ends from splitting.

To grow long black healthy hair, there are many areas which need our attention. These secrets will work if you are following a hair care regime regularly and have a healthy diet. You are doing your best and following all the guidelines but still, you are not getting results, consult your doctors because there are many medical conditions such as hormonal imbalance diseases (Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism and PCOS) which cause hair loss, hair thinning and premature hair greying. 

 


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