In my previous post, Beginnings of a Natural Hair Journey, I expressed my intentions to grow my hair as long and as healthy as possible. Due to unforeseen big-chops throughout the years (mainly from bleaching or flat ironing my hair), I experienced setbacks which countered my hair goals.
In this post, I will outline some of the activities that I will enforce to achieve the aforementioned goals.
To some, trimming my hair may seem like a counter-productive approach considering my previous declaration. The gag is, healthy ends are mandatory to achieve hair growth, well… because split ends.
I want to start this journey with healthy hair, which will put me in a better position to attain growth. However, I will not go about this in a reckless manner (i.e. chop all my hair off because I’m scissor happy lol). My intention is to trim just about ¼ inch off.
I am going to revamp my diet. My aim is to eat well-balanced meals, that contain vitamins and minerals that supports hair growth. This includes Biotin, Niacin, Vitamins A, E & C and Iron, to name a few. I have decided to reincorporate supplements into my diet, in order to ensure that I consume enough nutrients to not only grow my hair but, for general health purposes.
I also plan on increasing my water intake to at least one half of a gallon, daily.
Exercise is known to be good for increasing blood flow and circulation within our bodies. This also has a positive effect on our scalp in that, an increase in blood flow and circulation means that more nutrients and oxygen will be delivered to our hair follicles. The nourishment this process provides encourages hair growth.
I have read that scalp massages offer a similar effect on hair growth, as with exercising. I will perform scalp massages for at least three times within my week.
Side note, I find this to be incredibly relaxing.
This is the kicker. Personally, going to my bed early has always been a challenge for me. However, I will commit to making greater effort in getting sufficient sleep per night. Sleep is crucial for cell regeneration / renewal. I read that during sleep, protein synthesis occurs which is basically when our cells produce new proteins. Hair is made out of protein. It was therefore suggested that for hair to grow optimally, adequate sleep is required.
In part II, I will share my preferred hair routine to achieve my hair goals.