10 Tips For Growing Long Natural Hair

10 Tips For Growing Long Natural Hair

Natural Hair RulesHow do I get my hair to grow? faster? longer?

These are all common questions. Before we talk about any hair tips, its important for you to understand that your hair IS GROWING!!!

There are 3 common reasons why you’re not seeing any hair growth. You can read them here.

In most cases, your hair is breaking at the same rate that it was growing, given the appearance of stunted hair growth.

You may also want to read the Differences Between Hair Growth and Breakage.

Here are 10 Things that helped me see 6 inches of hair growth in a year

SEE ALSO: 7 Reasons Why Your Hair LOOKS Like It Stop Growing

Shampoo, Co-Wash and Rinse As Needed

Natural hair by nature is very porous, meaning has a high porosity, and mine is no different.

4 Tips to Lower Your Hair’s Porosity

My scalp and hair need to by cleansed and rehydrated at least every 4-5 days and sometimes, co-washed in between.

A clean scalp promotes healthy hair growth by removing build-up, dead skin, and other unwanted debris. Cleansing more frequently than once a week or twice a week is perfectly ok if you’re using a gentle sulfate-free cleanser.

I discussed this in more detail in my 10 Step Winter Natural Hair Care Guide.  In between shampoos, I Co-wash or Rinse (run water through my hair without shampoo or conditioner) my hair especially in summer. (Houston, TX has 100°+ heat and my hair needed it.)


Pay Attention To Those Ends

A lot of times we pay less attention to the oldest part of our hair, the ends. They are the last part to receive moisture and product, but they are the first to lose these things. In addition to trimming split damaged ends, you should apply your product for ends to tips. Always, always moisturize and seal your ends.

If you like these great FREE tips, you’ll LOVE my 12 page Winter Natural Hair Care Guide.

Less Manipulation

As much as I love to style my hair, it can be somewhat temperamental — and I’ve found that it thrives when left alone. I dare not comb or brush this tightly-curled hair daily, not even every other day. Low manipulation or protective styles, like twists or braids, protect my hair from manual breakage and moisture loss. 

Read: Why You Should Protective Style

Work In Sections

I have been blessed with a very thick head of hair. It’s beautiful, I love it, but it can be challenging. The longer my hair grows, the thicker it becomes.

Everything must be done in 4-6 sections, from shampooing to conditioning to moisturizing to detangling. These ensures full coverage.

Penetrating Oils Work Best

The first few years of my natural hair journey I would slather on the Shealoe (shea butter+ aloe vera gel). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially in the winter. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer, great for sealing in the moisture.

The problem is, it only coats my hair. Lighter oils, like coconut or olive oil, actually absorb into the hair, giving it the ability to strengthen and reinforce the hair’s internal structure. Read more about the benefits of penetrating oils.

Read: 5 Ways Coconut Oil Prevents Hair Damage

The Hooded Dryer is Your Friend

I’m not sure how the hooded dryer got a bad rep, although I think there’s confusion about heat damage. There’s actually a greater chance of heat damage a with blow dryers than there ever will be with a hooded dryers, according to Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, author of The Science of Black Hair – hooded dryers are an indirect or diffused heat source.  With indirect heat, there is little or a zero chance of heat damage.

It’s very beneficial to sit under a dryer during deep-conditioning treatments because it will help your conditioner absorb more thoroughly. Plus, 30 – 45 mins under the dryer reduces air drying time and helps your style to set and last longer.

Buy: Hooded Dryer

Read: The Disadvantages of the ‘No-Heat Challenge’
Never Skip the Leave-In Conditioner

For some, a leave-in conditioner is optional. Not for me! Especially if I want beautifully, defined curls. I had a hair aha moment (an epiphany, really) when I used Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner for the first time.

As I saw my curls defined and popping, I thought, “Yes, this is what I went natural for!” Leaving in your conditioner minimizes frizz, dryness, and flattens the hair cuticle for less tangles and moisture loss.

Take A Multivitamin

I know there are a lot of hair supplements on the market but I don’t trust them.  Many of the dosages are unregulated and way above the recommend daily dosage for these particular supplements.

Ingesting nutrients that your body isn’t deficiency of can be disastrous. Hypervitaminosis or vitamin poisoning can lead to adverse sideffects such as hair loss, acne, and even death…

Besides many nutrients relay on each other to actually get the job done.  For example biotin is almost ineffective if taken in absence of zinc to inhibit shedding.

A simple multivitamin and well balance diet is all you need for healthy hair.  Read more about vitamins for healthy hair.

Drink More Water for Hydrated Hair

When it comes to hair care it’s very easy to focus on the external.  It’s the same way with your skin — when you have dry skin or hair, you look for the nearest moisturizer.

Doing this only covers up dryness (not the most effective way to treat it).  Moisturize and nourish your hair and skin from the inside out by drinking water. I notice a huge difference in both my hair and skin when I’m drinking water daily.

 What’s your best tip for growing longer hair?

Tell me in the Comments below


55 thoughts on “10 Tips For Growing Long Natural Hair

  1. Lala

    It seems that nothing works on my hair. I have thin fine hair. I have tried so many products and regimens. I didn’t go natural by choice. Relaxer was too much for my hair and it burned my scalp. I am not happy with this natural hair journey.

  2. Mecy

    My hair is not low porous; the water just tends to sit on top. Any suggestions? I would love to cut it off and start again.

    1. Ebony

      Giovannt Direct Leave – In is really good. Right now I am using Motions CPR Leave – In. It has a little protein in it so it helps me to maintain a good protein moisture balance. Cantu Shea Butter leave – in is good also. The best part is they sell all of them in Walmart.

  3. Darcetha Manning

    Tamara, my hair sounds like yours. It’s very thick and the longer I try to grow it out, the thicker and more tangled it becomes. Since you stated, that you used Giovanni Direct Weightless Leave-in Moisture Conditioner, I hope I have the same results on my hair.

    But, I also tried Tresseme Salon Naturals Conditioner on my hair, with good results. But, this is a rinse out conditioner.

    1. Tamara Post author

      Hi Darcetha,

      A good trim will also help keep your tangles to a minimum too. I also like to do an oil rinse with coconut and olive oil. That also helps. Search ‘oil rinse’ in the search bar for more tips on that.

  4. April

    Does anyone have a suggestion on how I can obtain a consultation in Atlanta? A really good one…I have natural hair, some parts are curly, some are bushy. I want to grow and retain length, but just not sure of a good regimen for my hair type. I use Shea Moisture products right now, but I just need more specific guidance. Thanks so much!

    1. Kala

      There is a natural Deva Curl salon in Alpharetta called Haarmony. They specialize in curls and will give a free consultation on your first appointment. Christina Carrillo is the master stylist but I have also been styled by Anya.

  5. staceystacey2093@yahoo.com

    I have a question that I really need the answer to. My hair is so damaged and dry and tremendously unhealthy. I KNOW I have a natural curl with no product I can see it even though it is extremely dry. When stretched with no product I have a spiral curl that shrivels right back up to what looks like no curl real 4c what people consider black women hair. Now over past 8 previous year I always skipped the conditioner step in my wash day let alone deep conditioned. I just want to know how long will it take for me to get my hair back healthy? I deep condition daily only because how is my hair going to retain length if its so dry and brittle? I big shopped into a dry twa about 3 inch all over my head. Is this a good idea should this give me good results??

    1. Mrs. Barber

      I learned at a very young age, you must condition your hair. I read the blogs and all of the other stuff on how to go natural, how to have healthy hair yada, yada, yada. I have been natural for three years, I did not do a big chop, I just let the perm grow out. I washed it every Sunday and conditioned it, once I was completely natural I wash and maybe leave conditioner in for about three days. I rinse it out and wear an up do. I prefer not to wear it down when in the natural state because it is too thick and it is super hot in Houston. By the way I use Suave, nothing expensive it is 1.19 at the most. Before I was natural my hair was about two inches past my shoulders, by doing nothing special, just washing and conditioning it is two inches above my bra strap. Hope this helps!

  6. Wand

    I like your information on growing hair but I wondered how conditioner before wash can work if the hair is dirty

    1. Princess

      Adding a conditioner first, at least for me, helps to loosen up tangles. So I would personally detangle with conditioner before I shampoo.

  7. Rina

    I did the big cut one year ago Aug. 23, 2013. I love, love, love my natural hair, in all of its different textures… The top and front is thinner, with less curl. And, the sides and back are thick with tight curl. When wash n go or twists my sides and top do not hold and the sides become bushy/fuzzy, while the back, except at the very top center is bushy/fuzzy like my sides. I find it maddening that some parts of my hair do so well and other parts stay bushy/fuzzy!!! I started out using shea moisturizer, then moved to various other products, including Design Essentials products and Carol’s Daughters, which I disliked the most… Most recently, it was suggested that I try Giovanni products. I have used a few of them and I really like them but I have not found the direct leave in conditioner in the large bottle. I have heard wonderful things about it. I guess my main frustration is not being able to get an all-over defined curl, especially one that stays.. Any suggestions are welcomed!

  8. Anne

    Just take good care of your hair and surely growth will follow. Interesting post. Thanks for sharing this article. Helpful and informative. Enjoy your day!

  9. Tiekubea

    Am Tiekubea..my hair has retained the same length for the past three years..I recently added coconut and olive oils to shea butter which has always been my regular moisturizeer. Hope my hair grows faster this time around

  10. Chinemerem B.kalas

    My hair is very strong and so frustrating because I sometimes want to wear it for a week or two but it’s so difficult.pls help

  11. AB

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  12. Christine Smith

    Have been using nuhairrx serum for a little over a week now and have had several people already compliment my hair and how “healthy” it looked! I bought the product because my hair dresser cut my hair a little shorter than expected and I wanted it to grow back quicker. I love what nuhairrx serum does for not only my hair, but eyebrow also growing!!! Definitely recommend this product to anyone!!

  13. Olivia

    I have a really dry scalp ever since I first stopped putting Direct heat (flat iron) on my hair, which was about 2 months ago. I also don’t feel like im seeing much growth at all, especially on the back of my head..What should I do?

    1. Brooke

      Might be from your eating habits… Drink more water.. Also at night do you wrap your hair or sleep with a bonet on your hair

  14. Lily Kylie

    I purchased this Nuhairrx serum because it was normal economic price and figured if it didn’t work no real loss for me. Well it Works. I have been using it for about six months and I started seeing results after two months. New hairs have started growing in around my hairline. This stuff has returned them to their original thickness and they are even longer than they were before! So I am a happy customer. Lol.

  15. daniellemone

    just yesterday I bought biotin and after reading this and another article on the page i don’t feel the need to use it because i don’t have a biotin deficiency. This page is so helpful and enlightening. i’ve big chopped 3 times, i’ll get bored and relax my hair and this was the last time for that I’m going back natural and for good this time!

      1. Antoinette

        Hi, I have not had a relaxer on my hair for about 10 years now, I would wash my hair 1 a month and blow dry the same with a press and flat iron and I just started my hair journey last month. I want to know if I should get my hair cut.

  16. Hope

    I am just beginning the natural process. Can you offer any help? My sides are very very thin, and I want them to grow this is why I decided to go natural. I think the chemicals are keeping my sides from growing. Any help you give I truly appreciate

    1. Ava

      Hope, My sides are thin due to genetics (my Mom’s hair was thin in the exact same area) but it helps to keep them from thinning out too much by massaging daily with a lightweight oil. Also wrapping your hair and sleeping with a satin scarf (or pillowcases) will help. Regular pillowcases can pull and break hair if you don’t sleep with a protective head cover.

  17. Emmy

    Hi,I really don’t know how to start..my hair is not growing at all I can’t keep my natural hair..its annoying please help me I don’t mind start from anywhere you can help thanks

  18. Abigail

    Hi, my hair is naturally soft but if falls out a lot so i had to cut them down because it was terribly damaged . what do i have to do to make it grow faster and thicker because am tired of wearing wig whenever am going out. how do i grow my natural African hair ? pls help

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  20. Joy

    Okay, so i relaxed my hair because its hard naturally, but i cut it because it wasn’t growing, but then i discovered my hair’s frontal part isn’t growing, and my edges is shaped badly, how do i grow my hair

  21. Errol Crockett

    Hello, I’m the owner of the New Options Hair Care brand. Im also a beauty supply distributor with a significant following of professional cosmetologist who are interested in natural hair care.

    I’m searching for great content to share on my hair care blog, Crockett’s Corner, as well as a partner to share our product reviews.

    If there is a possibility that I can be of value to you, or get involved in any way, please contact me.

    My website is: http://www.newoptionshaircare.Com

    Thanks Much!


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  23. Sheila

    I am done with getting perms on my hair. I want my hair to go back to its natural straight form. How do I do this? Do I need to get regular trims? I’m almost ready to just shave it all off, and start over. Please help!

  24. Katelyn

    I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 30s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don’t want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn’t found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there’s no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Peggy

      Hey girl, if your not natural, now is the time to do so, my hair has grown shoulder length in two years, I use a lot of natural products along with protective style also made YouTube my best friend, l also educated myself with my hair, hope this helped

  25. Janett

    I just big chopped about a month ago due to postpartum shedding. Before that I’ve always had short thin,fine hair that never really grew the way I wanted it to. As of now I have no idea what to do with my hair, I still have thinning spots and have been using JBCO on them but I don’t have a clear idea for a hair regimen. Any advice? I need some guidance on how to establish a hair regimen. I guess what I need is more of a step by step “what to do” list. Thanks!

  26. Errol D. Crockett (@newoptionshair)

    Stay away from the chemical and work on balancing your hair and scalp pH.

    Try a Reconstructor and use Alkaline Mineral Softener.

    The Reconstructor will normalize and prepare your hair and scalp for growth.

    The Alkaline Mineral is a natural Softener that will not only make your hair more manageable but is also excellent softening therapy for your hair follicles.

    This routine will definitely promote growth.


    1. Hestia Windrum

      I experienced dry hair for just about my teenager ages…then after i attempted nuhairrx serum which was truly expelled the dryness and gave the healthy growth to my hair.

  27. Sammie Time

    The thing with me is remembering the things mention, I always find my self reading it over and over, I need a list I guess to place on my wall so I can rember what I need to do so I can be consited in my regiment I feel is that lazy?

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