Question #1. Why won’t my kinky, curly, coily black hair grow?
Answer: I get that question a lot. First of all, I must say that our creator does not make mistakes. If you are breathing, then your hair is growing on its own. It is doing exactly what it is designed to do. You personally can’t make your hair grow no more than you can personally beat your own heart at will. All you can do is do your best to protect the ends of your hair which is the oldest most fragile part of your hair. As your hair grows from your scalp, and if you are keeping your hair moisturized and baby those ends, it will result in your hair growing longer. It seems that most people are unaware that it takes more than using natural hair products, a healthy diet, and drinking lots of water etc. to grow your hair. Most people upon inspection believes that Kinky curly coily black hair is the toughest, strongest hair on earth. Contrary to that belief, this type of hair is the most fragile hair on earth. Every bend, curve, coil, zigzag your hair has, is a weak point because the outer layer cuticle is lifted as your hair bends around forming those kinky coils and this is what creates the potential for moisture to be loss and breakage to occur. Now if you are doing everything right by your hair, and you still feel like your hair is not growing then you must consider how you are handling your hair. What are you telling yourself about your hair? Are you having loving positive thoughts about your hair? Are you saying and feeling negative things about your hair? If so it will manifest… good or bad. It goes to the saying, “the soul attracts that which it secretly harbors, that which it loves, and also that which it fears” Are you handling your hair as tho you are loving it, like fine rare delicate silk? Are you treating it as tho you hate it like a boil on your hind side? Those questions are for you to answer.
Question #2. How long can my black hair grow?
Answer: All hair on average grows approximately 1/2 inch per month. It doesn’t matter what race you are. People with straight hair appears to have longer faster growing hair than ours, but the truth is, our hair resembles a slinky. You know that toy that is shaped in a spiral that coils up and appears to be short until you stretch it out you will then reveal the true length. Of course there are those few whose hair grows faster or slower than the average. So again, if you are breathing and doing everything right, you can reap approximately 6 inches of hair growth per year until your hair sheds and new hair emerges.
Question #3. What is the difference between a shedded hair vs. a broken hair? How to tell the difference.
Answer: A hair that has shed from the scalp will always have a white bulb at the end. You may not always be able to see the bulb with the naked eye, but if you run your fingers down the shaft of the hair strand and at the very end you feel like there is a tiny ball or bulb, then chances are, it is a shed hair. If you see hair in your sink, on your shoulders or in your hands comb or brush that is of varying length of your actual hair length, and you did not cut it, like that, then that is a broken hair.
Question#4. What is the LOC Method?
Answer: LOC Method; which is the acronym of Liquid (Which oftentimes can be water or any product on which the first ingredient is water) Oil,(any Oil of your choice) and Cream (which can be a conditioner, shea butter, or a hair dress type of product); is one of the ways one can retain moisture to their hair by applying it in that order to the hair strands. It has been shown in some cases to actually retain moisture in the hair for days depending on your hair type. Some people prefer the L.C.O Method whereas the cream is used second and the oil is used last. Try it out and see what works best for your hair.
Question#9. What advice do you have for postpartum shedding?
Answer: Yes hair normally sheds a lot after giving birth. Stay calm. It happens to a lot of women. Try low manipulation styles. Drink plenty of water. I suggest; you seek advice from your Dr. Ask him/her if you need to replenish your minerals. Be patient. Your body may be in shock after childbirth and is using all the nutrients it has to feed your baby and hair is the last thing on the priority list of bodily functions. Be patient…. It will grow back.
Question#5. What does low manipulation mean in terms of hair?
Answer: In a nutshell, Low manipulation literally means leave your hair alone!!!! We have the tendency to touch our hair unconsciously at times, style, restyle, and Im guilty of that. Its called “Hands In Hair Syndrome”. Lol Once your hair is moisturized and styled in braids, twists, wig, updo or weave, etc. and is left alone for a certain amount of time ; a few days to a few weeks; before you change your style, that is an example of a low manipulation style. Its best for your hair. Everytime we handle our hair, the potential increases for breakage and dryness to occur. Every time we touch our hair, we rob it of some of its moisture. Look at your hand after you touch it. Your hands are in most cases dry and just like a sponge, it will take away your much needed moisture once it makes contact with your hair.
Question#6. What is hair porosity?
Answer: Hair porosity simply refers to your hair ability to absorb moisture. There is low porosity, high porosity and normal porosity. Some of the characteristics of low porosity curly hair, include but not limited to; your curls take a long time to dry; products tend to build up on the hair instead of absorbing into the hair and it takes a while to fully saturate the hair strands. Characteristics of normal porosity curly hair are curls are full of bounce and elasticity, requires little maintenance, easily accepts and retains moisture inside of the cuticle. Lastly, the characteristics of high porosity curly hair, curls easily absorb water, however, it requires more products, curls ofter look and feel dry, curls are frizzy and dry out quickly. It is possible to have all three porosities on one head. I do. Do you know your hairs porosity?
Question#7. What is Karkar Oil and how can it benefit my hair?
Karkar Oil (aka Cbabes’ Chebe Black) has multiple uses and is used in Africa as well as India. It can be ingested and has a rich nutty flavor and is considered the queen of the Sudanese food table. It is know to have healing properties. It can also thicken the hair, remove dandruff and stop hair fall. Its is an amazing oil that is used to grow hair and seal in the moisture thereby promoting healthier hair. It can be used as a hot oil treatment. You can massage it directly on the scalp/edges to wake up and stimulate hair follicles that are viable. Over time you will be pleased with the results.
Question#8. What oil do you recommend for hair health and growth?
Answer: See Question #7. Also I have Aneelas Indian Hair Growth Oil that has also been used for generations by Indian Tribes to promote long luxurious hair. Indians have been known to be able to grow their hair floor length and longer. Ms. Aneela, her mother and grandmother makes it by hand in her kitchen and it contains all natural oils that she and her grandmother roasts the seeds and nuts to extract the oils and make this very potent hair growth formula. The ingredients have been tried and true. See for yourself.
Question#10. How do I decrease my gray hair?
Sometimes gray hair comes from a lack of certain minerals. Gray hair could be a sign that your copper intake is low. Only a Dr. can determine that. An increase of nuts, almonds, cashews may help as well as Sage Tea Rinses.