1. Do Deep Conditioning.
This is hands-down one of the best ways to infuse nutrients into the shaft.
You can make your own deep conditioners, or you can purchase a branded product.
Try and do your deep conditioning with a little heat, for effectiveness.
To do this, put on a heat cap, use a steamer, or sit with the conditioner under the dryer.
2. Strengthen with Protein.
If you’ve used excessive heat styling, have colored your hair or used other products that are damaging to your tresses, you may have high porosity hair that can easily become too dry.
Dry curls are always more prone to breakage than moisturized hair.
Protein treatments can help to patch up the holes in damaged hair so that you can better retain some of the moisture.
Protein helps the hair become stronger.
3. Wear Protective Styling.
If you’re serious about growing your hair out, you’ll want to protect it at least part of the time by using protective styling.
Protective styling works because you can cover the ends while your hair grows.
However, be careful of extension styles that damage the root.
Individual braids can do more harm than good if they’re installed so tight that they’re causing permanent alopecia.
4. Use Good Hair Ties.
One thing is often overlooked among naturals, and that is breakage from hair ties.
Conventional drug store hair ties were not made for natural curls.
They are abrasive, too small, and carry elastic underneath. It’s not enough to avoid metal clasps.
The white elastic bands you see underneath conventional hair ties spell danger for curls.
Use Snappees Hair Ties instead.
They’re made of soft, silky nylon, so they’ll stretch and won’t damage your mane.
5. Wear a Satin Bonnet at Night.
Do you see a lot of frizz and no curl definition at the back of your head?
If the back looks worse than the front, you probably have a friction issue.
Your head is rubbing against your pillow too much at night.
Wear a satin bonnet or silk scarf to protect your hair for the 6-8 hours you lay your head down each night.
6. Steam Your Hair.
Hair steaming is one of the lesser known hydration treatments for natural hair, but it can make a massive difference to the way your hair looks and feels.
You should add this to your regimen if your hair tends to be on the dry side.