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Video:Tips for Growing Out Black Hair

with Aubrey Morgan

Making black hair grow doesn't have to be a frustrating experience. Here are some tips for growing out black hair that are easy to follow and will help you grow longer, healthier hair.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Growing Out Black Hair

Hi, I am Aubrey for About.com and if you are of color looking to grow your hair out, you have stumbled in the right place. Today we are going to give you some tips on how to grow out black hair.

Trim Your Ends to Make Black Hair Grow

Make sure you clip your ends at least every 4-6 weeks. When you have split ends and you don't cut them, they will continue to split all the way up your hair which will cause hair loss.

Deep Condition to Make Black Hair Grow

The key to gaining length is to condition your hair. Condition your hair daily. But deep condition at least once a month. Find a conditioner right for you, not all will work for everyone. Once bi-weekly use a moisturizing deep conditioner. If you use a relaxer, use a protein reconstructor at least once a month. Doing so will make your hair healthy and strong.

Moisturize Daily to Make Black Hair Grow

Before applying a moisturizer, wet your hair with water. Apply moisturizer (which does not contain petroleum jelly, petroleum or mineral oils). Start about two inches away from the roots and apply a moisturizer all the way to the ends. Do this daily or as your hair requires. You want your hair to feel soft and pliable. You may have to experiment with what works for you

Apply Oil Sparingly to Make Black Hair Grow

Olive oil, soybean, vegetable glycerin and any other natural oils will do. This may be used on hair after applying a water-based moisturizer in order to seal in moisture into the hair shaft and this will give your hair a natural shine look. These oils should never be applied directly to the scalp because it may block your pores and lead to alopecia and hair loss. Vegetable glycerin is a good and all natural choice.

Use a Wide-Tooth Comb to Make Black Hair Grow

Comb hair carefully to get it to grow long. Be sure to use a very wide-toothed comb with no stems. Comb hair gently from the ends first. As combing from the ends will detangle your hair as you comb higher and higher. Never comb the roots to the ends until your hair is completely untangled.

Avoid Brushing to Make Black Hair Grow

Avoid daily and/or excessive brushing of your hair, as black hair is fragile. Excessive brushing can strip your hair of its protective layers. If you are trying to smooth your hairline, brush gently. Use a boar bristle brush, and make sure your hair is completely dry and moisturized.

Perservere to Make Black Hair Grow

Most importantly, stick to it. Do not give up if you do not get immediate results. It will pay off when you have long beautiful hair.

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