One of the hardest parts that does not get talked about when dealing with natural hair is how to make your natural hair grow evenly. We want hair growth. A lot of it but all too often, one or a couple of areas of our hair will grow like a weed, while others grow slower and seem to even stop growing. It can be frustrating and hard to deal with when going natural. Especially if you did the Big Chop, BC.
Before we get into how to fight this common problem, let’s learn about what it is, and how it occurs. We should always be interested in the causes of natural hair problems.
What are the causes for not seeing natural hair grow evenly
Uneven hair growth has a few factors that contribute to this problem. It can come from bad eating choices. Not eating a healthy diet always contributes to bad hair health. Stress levels can also affect this as well as bad hair maintenance and practices. Using things like direct heat can dry out the hair in certain areas and stop the hair grow evenly process. Popular videos showing women glue hair to their scalp may seem like a quick fix for a cute hairstyle, but get too close to your hairline and you create thinning edges and that also causes problems for many women with uneven hair problems.
Even genetics can contribute to the problem. One way to figure out what the problem is to consult with a reputable hairstylist or even enlist the aid of a doctor if you are noticing drastic unevenness or patches of hair breakage.
How To Make Natural Hair Grow Evenly
One of the first things to do is to eat a healthy diet. Healthy hair starts with a strong foundation and that means a strong body. A poor diet will negatively effect your hair. Healthy foods will properly nourish your hair follicles and aid in stronger strands. It also wards off some illnesses that can harm the body and hair. Simply put, a poor diet can contribute to thinning hair or breakage. Steer clear of crash diets as they also harm hair and can cause thinning or hair fall. Eat right and see your hair improve!
Maintaining Healthy Diet – Just like your skin, one’s hair can give clues to your inside health and all the hair vitamins and hair products cannot encourage healthy hair growth like eating correctly and drinking plenty of water. You need a balanced diet and some of the best foods for healthy hair is protein, iron, Biotin, Omega-3 and 6, Vitamins A, C, and E and zinc. Many foods that have these nutrients are fish, grains, meat, beans and soy.
Healthy foods will properly nourish your hair follicles and aid in stronger strands. It also wards off some illnesses that can harm the body and hair. Simply put, a poor diet can contribute to thinning hair or breakage. Steer clear of crash diets as they also harm hair and can cause thinning or hair fall. Eat right and see your hair improve!
Proper Protein + Moisture Balance – Natural hair needs moisture to stay elastic and hydrated and that leads to less damage. Hair is made up of a hard protein called Keratin and protein helps to strengthen our strands. There is a fine balance between the two. Too much moisture and hair becomes limp and can suffer from hygral fatigue (strand to weaken and eventually break). Too much protein and you can make hair brittle and cause breakage.
Either extreme can and will cause breakage so keep that balance equal and you will find your length retaining, having perfect hair without frizz or dryness and properly hydrated. I use a protein treatment around every other month but if you use color, heat or some other damaging techniques you probably need to do them monthly.
Having Proper Hair Care Techniques – For many women, they don’t even realize that they are causing their own hair unevenness as a result of poor hair etiquette. Natural oils in the hair are there to protect the strands and follicle from damage, but inadvertently, women are eliminating that protective oil without even realizing when improper hair care techniques. Things like not washing hair when needed, using direct heat, keeping weaves and braids in too long or neglecting hair when using those weaves and braids.
Once the natural oils are stripped away, the exposed hair is now vulnerable to damage from the heat of the hair dryer, straight iron, or curling iron. that weaker and brittle hair is exposed to products with harsh chemicals that further weaker and damage the hair, like hair spray, hair coloring, mousse, and gels. Over time, the exposed hair shafts lose their ability to grow and simply fall out or break off unevenly.
Natural Oils & Supplements To Stimulate Hair Growth – Enlisting the aid of natural oils and supplements are what successful naturals have been using for years to grow stronger and longer hair that is even too! Nothing like nature and supplements to aid in the fight for hair growth that is even and healthy. Oils like Amla, Coconut and Castor are excellent at fighting hair loss, encouraging hair growth and protecting your hair’s moisture.
What to do with natural hair that has grown unevenly?
Well, now that you know what to do to get your hair to grow evenly, what do you do if you already have uneven hair? Well, there are a few ways to deal with it. You can enlist the tips and techniques and correct the problem and keep hair at uneven lengths or you can fix is slowly or quickly. One way is to cut it all off to the length of the shortest areas and start fresh. That may work for some, but many are not eager to do all that.
You can also just slowly snip off the longer areas weekly or monthly until all areas are even. Better yet, you can simply just head over to a reputable hair stylist and allow them to find a style or cut that works with your hair’s uneven lengths. Whatever you choose, once you start righting the wrongs of your haircare regimen, you will make your natural hair grow evenly and the problem will cease to exist.
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