Hello my darlings, I trust you’re having a fabulous Easter break. Today I’m talking about my hair growth “secrets” lol, I shared this photo on my Instagram a few days back and I got a couple of messages from a few of you asking me to share my “secrets”. My hair has grown quite a lot within the past few months despite Scotland’s harsh weather conditions and I’d be more than happy to tell you what products I use and how I care for my hair so here goes!
1. Eliminate the Hair Straightener. Firstly, if you know me, you’ll know I’m terrified of a hair straightener. I literally scream (and sweat lol) anytime a hairdresser tries to straighten my front hairs. However, hair straighteners severely damage the hair. Many of us love to straighten our hair because we are in love with the idea of our hair stretching and looking sleek. The issue with this is at the end of the day, you’ll be left few strands of fluff which you call a ponytail. Using a hair dryer instead does literally the same job while giving your hair a bounce as opposed to looking like an electrocuted racoon.
2. Shea Butter from Africa. I said Africa not anywhere else! A lot of hair products claim to have shea butter in them but I tell you its literally 1% shea butter present in them. I use raw shea butter (see the photo below) to oil my hair regularly (ok thats a lie, I really hate oiling my hair lol)after which I use a blow dryer to melt the shea butter into my scalp. Be prepared, it doesn’t have a pleasant smell but it works like a miracle! If you hardly have any front hair, massage this into your scalp daily and watch out for super results.
3. Deep Conditioning. Try to make time to deep condition your hair after you take out your weave. After washing, Soak your hair in a good conditioner and cover with a shower cap for as long as you can but minimum of 45 minutes. However, if you can do it overnight, great!
4. Hair Relaxers, Lotions, Serums. Of course I do not use Shea butter daily, I absolutely hate grease so I use a few Olive Oil products which do not irritate me but provide the right amount of sheen and protection from harsh weather. Massage these into your hair daily, it keeps the hair looking healthy and moisturised. Avoid using different relaxers every time you relax your hair, this destroys the hair completely! I strongly recommend Olive Oil. I used to use Dark and Lovely but my hair wasn’t looking healthy, it was basically just flat and long (and dead). Olive oil gives a bounce I can’t explain, lovely smell too.
5. Good Genes. Now I cannot guarantee that the above mentioned steps will work for everyone in terms of length lol. It also depends on your genes, both sides of my family have strong, long and healthy hair, hence mine. However, I can guarantee your hair will be much fuller and healthier.
I hope this was helpful. Shea butter can be gotten from any market in Nigeria and probably other African countries.