I came across a hair article on Totalbeauty.com entitled “7 Habits of Women with Perfect Hair.” The article consisted of advice from women regarding how they maintain strong, shiny, healthy hair. Most of the advice applied to all hair types, but I decided to modify their list and rewrite one geared for those who want to achieve healthy natural hair.

Number 1—Eat healthy and exercise. We all know that exercise plays an import role in our overall health. Moderate exercise, including simply walking 20 to 30 minutes a day, promotes healthy hair. Eating a balanced meal, including fruit and iron-rich leafy green veggies also promotes healthy hair.

Number 2—Maintain a healthy scalp. Keeping your scalp clean—free from dirt and product build-up—will help prevent scalp conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis. A clean scalp promotes healthy hair growth.

Number 3—Protect your ends. Keeping your ends moisturized and protecting them by wearing “protective styles,” i.e. updos, buns, braids etc., all help to prevent split ends and length retention.

Number 4—Moisturize. Moisturizing your hair with water and sealing in the moisture with oil or a pomade also promotes healthy hair growth. Make conditioning and hot oil treatments a part of your monthly wash routine also.

Number 5—Avoid heat appliances. Also, whenever possible “air dry” or use a bonnet dryer to dry your hair. Using no or less heat on your hair promotes healthy hair growth.

Number 6—Keep your strands stress-free. Fine-tooth combs, rubber bands, tight braids, etc., all put stress on your hair strands and will cause them to break.  Staying away from these things will promote healthy hair growth.

Number 7—Know your hair. We all know that what works for some doesn’t work for everyone. Experiment and learn what your hair likes and doesn’t like. If your current hair regimen is producing good results, stick to it—be careful about trying the “latest” styling fads.

Any Good Habits to Share!?

– Laquita Thomas-Banks

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  • Brit

    cover your head at night with satin or silk, or get a satin pillow case.

  • Baby your edges. Buns and ponytails can put a hurting on our fragile edges. Vary the position of your ponytail and watch the pressure when pulling back your hair.

  • Ruthie

    My hair is very soft. I’ve had my hair relaxed since I was a kid. ( I’ve been natural for the past 2-3 years) Since my mother refuses to braid my hair like she used to she I had a relaxer, The only hair style I have do with my hair a ponytail. Don’t get me would I LOVE the ponytail. but the puffy-ness at the end of my hair is all split ends. Can you suggest me some hair products or hair styles? Im currently using Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque Cream along with the matching shampoo It’s a 2 in 1 shampoo. Along with Hair and scalp conditioner i apply on my scalp NOT my hair. And a Avocado type of grease. I wash every 2 weeks. I love my hair its flexible. The only problem i have is that it doesn’t grow!!! Any tips!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!

    • Brit

      ruthie: your hair is growing, the problem is that it’s probably breaking off. first, you’ll need to trim damaged ends-once they’re split, they’re split. products claiming to be able to “repair” splits are lying to you. second, i haven’t seen you mention a moisturizer. find a water based one to make your hair less brittle and prone to breakage. bascially, really follow the guidelines in the article and i’ll add that you should probably wash your hair more often if you’re going to be using such heavy products. as fair as styles, my go-to is twists because i can style them as i would loose hair but without the hassle of tangling and the breakage that follows. i don’t know what you like-google can help.

  • FunkyHairChic

    Don’t obsess about length. Focus on retaining length and the overall health of you hair and the length will come.

  • RuKiya

    Get regular trims! Most Black women cringe at the thought of getting their hair cut but its important. Regular hair trimming promotes healthy hair and helps prevent excessive hair breakage. Also pure Shea Butter works great for natural hair. It locks in moisture and gives it a nice shine that last for days.