TOP 5 TIPS ON HOW TO GROW NATURAL BLACK HAIR

 

TOP 5 TIPS ON HOW TO GROW NATURAL HAIR

We constantly get contacted by Black women all over the world for guide on how to grow their natural hair.  These questions vary hence we have made it our business to add our  focus on educating Black women in particular on hints and tips of how to care for the natural hair.  We are always creating videos on our Youtube channel to help people as well so please visit youtube and search worldofbraiding  channel to find out more.

natural black hair

natural black hair

Generally most people believe that the natural Black hair does not grow or when it grows; it does not grow as quickly as they would want.  Generally Hair grows at an average of ½ inch per month (about 1.2cm per month).  This comes to about 13cm a year.  You will be able to retain length and notice growth in your hair based on how well you treat your Black hair.

Here are some basic 5 tips to help grow your natural Black hair:

healthy foods

healthy foods

1. START WITH A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE:  Hair grows from inside and hair is a fiber that is part of our cells which grows from the subdivision of our cells in the hair follicles.  For this reason, we need natural healthy food that the body can easily break down for digestion in order for our hair to grow.  The foods we need for hair growth are fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts and wholemeal foods.

2. PLENTY OF WATER:  Due to the unhealthy lifestyles we are forced to live with – synthetic foods, processed foods, genetically

drinking water

Drinking water

modified foods, toxins in the air etc, the body is constantly battling with toxins which do not encourage healthy body for hair growth.  To solve this problem, the body therefore needs lots of water for detoxification, lubricate food for digestion, aid digestion and reproduce the cells for hair growth.  We also need lots of water to hydrate the hair so it does not become too dry.

moisturising products

moisturising products

3. NATURAL & MOISTURISING HAIR PRODUCTS:  After the hair has grown out of the follicles, it needs care in order to avoid breakage.  The natural Afro hair is coily and naturally dry due to lack of sebum travelling down the hair strands.  Due to the coils and dryness of the Afro hair, it tangles itself and breaks easily with little manipulation.  Use of wrong products such as sulphates in Shampoos, silicons in conditioners, chemical relaxers, dyes and use of heat etc cause the hair more dryness which lead to more breakage. Start using natural moisturising oils to help make the hair supple, easy to manage and grow quicker.  These oils include jojoba oil, castor oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, shea butter, argan oil, broccoli seed oil etc.  They contain active properties that help stimulate blood flow and make hair grow as well as contain moisturising properties that make the hair manageable and easy to care for.

4. MANIPULATION:  When the natural hair has grown out, it requires less manipulation to avoid breakage.  Handle with care as natural

two strand twist

two strand twist

hair is a very delicate fibre that breaks easily. Less manipulation means less combing, pulling, tugging, tucking, ponytails, clips, blow dryer, flat irons, tight braiding, tight weaving etc.

5. PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLES:  When the hair has grown out, you do not need to leave it hanging out all the time as it requires time and attention to care for it.  You need healthy natural protective hair styles to retain your length and style.  These styles include 2 strand twist, single plaits, cornrows, braids with extensions etc to help to grow and retain its length.  These styles reduce  manipulation.  Remember not to hold the scalp too tight as it leads to hair loss and alopecia.

For any questions, comments or ability to add your personal experiences to our write up, please feel free to leave your comments or contact us using our details below for discussions.

World of Braiding & Extensions Group of Companies is made up of 4 major Service areas.
1. World of Braiding & Extensions Professional Natural Hair & Extensions Business School which offers education, knowledge & skill to students around the world with the mission to – get women into work & business.   We train our students with the best ways to apply all the different natural hair & extensions techniques.
2. World of Braiding & Extensions Professional Natural Hair & Extensions Centre offering healthy hair & extensions service on client’s hair with the passion for healthy signature natural hair glamour.  We consult with all clients before taking on a service of hair extensions.  We care for your hair and ensure there are no damages.
3. World of Braiding & Extensions Black Hair Education & Solutions Center where our focus is to train Black women in the understanding of their natural hair and how to care for it to avoid damage & hair loss.
4. World of Braiding & Extensions Natural Hair Accessories & Extensions center.  Providing all the materials you need to care for your hair.
If any of the issues mentioned in this article has affected you, or you have an experience you will like to share with us, please feel free to do so.  Also email us if you need our advice on any issues in this article.

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Joy a mother with her four children

Joy a mother with her four children

About your Trainer

Joy Phido is an internationally established Natural Hair and Extensions Educator, Specialist, & Designer.  Joy is a mother with 4 children and has first-hand experience on how difficult it is to work and run a family especially in the Western world.  After working in corporate Nigeria as a banker and corporate England in telecoms, Joy tried her hands on buy and sell businesses which failed. She eventually realized that to succeed in business; you need to have a skill in your hands first. In addition to her natural passion and skill in hair designing, Joy took series of professional training from across different continents and now has the mission to give students real skill of running a hair Business. This is why World of Braiding has become a success and it is this passion of owning your own skill that motivates Joy in helping people who come to World of Braiding & Extensions for training.

Joy has a BSc in Business Admin, a qualified NVQ Level 3 Hairdresser, a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with UK Hairdressing Council, has over 20 years Natural Hair & Extensions experience.  She is also a qualified teacher, an NLP practitioner with varied career experiences.

Before setting up World of Braiding & Extensions, Joy started teaching Braiding, Weaving & Extensions with the Newham Council Adult Education Department (Newceys) for 5 years at 4 Centres with some classes as big as 30 students. As the Chief Executive, Trainer and Artistic Director at World of Braiding & Extensions, her passion is to make Natural Hair and Extensions a professional skill as well as help stylist understand how to make money while designing glamorous clients.

Joy’s passion for natural hair is also associated with the fact that she experienced hair damage with chemical relaxers which made her start wearing natural hairstyles thereafter.  She can be seen as the Doctor  for healthy natural Afro hair where all her children wear natural hairstyles and she is no stranger on the internet writing from her blogs, teaching on Youtube with step-by-step videos to constantly enrich students’ knowledge with over 3million views and over 18,000 subscribers.  She is also a Natural Hair & Extensions Business Mentor and adviser helping students & practitioners not only on how to get into the industry but how to become successful and prosper in the industry.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to this training to enhance your learning.  World of Braiding & Extensions is constantly exhibiting at Hair events, giving talks in conference, taking part in major projects and designing hair for fashion shows and events. 

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LOVE YOUR HAIR; YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY

This was a speech given at the International Black Hairitage Month in Paris on 8th October 2011.

LOVE YOUR HAIR – YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY

7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN WORKING WITH NATURAL BLACK HAIR

1.    UNDERSTAND THE NATURAL BLACK HAIR BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO IT:

80% of the world population are people of colour – Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and yet the textbook and scientific understanding of hair – its structure and function comes from research that has been done on Caucasian people. 

The Black Hair industry is a huge industry as statistics show –

Population – USA Black Americans 38,929,319 as at 2010, in the UK 1,148,738 as at 2001, in Africa 1,022,234,000 as at 2010 etc etc. 

Revenue –  UK in 2004, the Black Hair industry was worth £60million.  South Africa in 2002 it was $90million, USA in 2008 it was $14.7billion By 2013 it will be worth $4.2trillion in the USA.

Who owns this industry – Blacks have no control of this industry.  They only own about 30% while the World leader in hair care generally and black hair care in particular is Loreal – a French owned company. In 2000, the company invested $11million in the multi-million dollars Loreal Institute for Ethnic Hair and Skin Research.  Based in Chicago, this centre is to better understand the distinct properties of the hair and skin of people of African descent – fusing science and beauty to develop a wider range of products to sell to people of Black and mixed race across the world.

Why do we need this information?  For us to better understand the scale of what we are dealing with.  
The biggest problem we face within the Black Community is to understand our natural hair and skin.  
We have refused to take on our role but have given have passed on this role to people of other races.  
How can we address this problem?

We have to start by taking stock and asking the most basic questions like - What is natural black /Afro Hair?  
How can you care for it and maintain it? How does it grow? What causes damage? What are the best products for it? 
What are the best tools that work with it? How do we style it? etc etc.  

Black hair is different from all other races in shape and composition. 
It is vulnerable, fragile and requires extra care. 
It is naturally dry and requires extra moisture.

The number of heads that we can help with products, 
tools, styles,  education, information, accessories etc 
are uncountable according to statistics.  
Currently there are no schools teaching Virgin Black Hair.  
We educate ourselves on Hairdressing /cosmetology schools run 
by people of other races whose teachings are based on other hair 
types excluding our hair type. The research and education these 
colleges use are based on Caucasian hair information and knowledge 
and when they mention the Black hair, they call it the most difficult
 and bad hair type.  But we believe there is a reason we were created 
with this hair.  Our first role is to understand how to work with it – 
afterall our great great grand mothers worked with it – Madam C J Walker. 
This is where World of Braiding has taken on the current challenge of 
understanding the virgin Black hair.  Our trainings incorporate understanding 
Afro Hair and how to work with it without altering its natural state. 
Finding out how to glamorise, style, beautify and make it wearable for 
everyday life. We encourage you to understand your hair before you do anything to it.

 2.    GET TRAINING BEFORE YOU START:

No one should undertake working with anything without understanding what it is and how it works.  This also applies to hair.  As a hairdresser, you attend a college and get training to do your job.  This rule should also apply to Virgin Black hair.  Our hair stylist should take up trainings on natural hair before allowed to touch our hair.  This is what is causing the amount of untold damage in the Black hair community as everyone pretends to be an expert in Black hair yet giving the most unbelievable fraudulent advice. With training, you will save a lot of hair damage which is forcing Black people to buy products that do not add value to our hair but continue to drain our pockets and leaving us continuously poor while other communities get richer on our money.  Time we stop being used as money making machines for manufacturers of damaging products for Black hair.

3.    WORK WITH THE RIGHT PRODUCTS:

What products are you putting into your hair?  Experience and lots of research is currently showing that the biggest problem the Black hair faces is the use of the right products.  Reading the labels of shampoos, conditioners etc show that products targeted at black hair contains damaging chemical substances that further dry out the already naturally dry black hair.  Knowing the right product that works well with our hair type will save a lot of hair damage which is forcing us to buy more products that continue to fill our bathroom shelves but do not add value to our lives.

4.    WORK WITH THE RIGHT SKILLS / STYLING:

What hair styles are you wearing?  Are the styles you work with healthy for your hair? Wearing your hair styles like braids, weaves, extensions etc on a base of natural black hair is very useful as your hair is protected and there are no pressures on your natural hair.  This is where hair stylist need training again as presently, they are telling their clients to first apply chemicals on their natural hair before these styles can be worn.  This is wrong information and it is based on ignorance.  When braids, weaves and extensions are applied on an already chemically processed hair, this leads straight to damage as has been experienced in our community even among celebrities who have enough financial resources but because they are dealing with ignorant stylist, they end up with bald hair, patches etc  where Naomi Campbell is a well-known example.   

5.    WORK WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS:

What hair tools are you using to work with your black hair? Do these tools work with your hair?  What combs, clips, brushes etc do you work with.

6.    WORKING WITH THE RIGHT IMAGES AND ROLE MODELS:

We need to support and encourage our celebrities who model and show off their natural hairstyles.  Teyana Taylor, Jada Pinket Smith, Alycia Keys, Brandy, Solange Knowles are a few to mention.  These images need to be glamorised and portrayed in magazines, newspapers etc.  These magazines need to do more to encourage black women to love wearing hairstyles that are less damaging to their natural hair.

7.    WORKING WITH THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES:

Black hair needs to be beautified and glamorised.  What are we using to give us the look we want and need to look the part. Clips, pins, hair combs etc.  We need to research more so as to see beauty  from our point of view.

 

Nature did not make a mistake with our hair.  We have the most versatile, creative and easy to work with hair type.  Do not ruin it.  Work well with it.

If you have been affected by wrong style, bad hair stylist, wrong information / advice, please feel free to contact us with your information.  We are happy to advice you on your hair dilemmas.

 

By

Joy Phido

CEO & Founder of World of Braiding & Extensions Ltd

Joy is a Natural Hair and Extensions Specialist, Consultant, Designer and Educator.  She is a Hair Business Coach, Mentor & Adviser etc.  She has been practising Natural Hair and Extensions for over 25 years and has been in Hair Business Education for over 7years.  With careers span over various industries, Joy is a well-established business woman, a Professional NVQ Level 3 Hairdresser and a member of the UK Hairdressing Council.  Joy has undertaken training in Natural Hair and Extensions from USA, UK & various African Countries. As hair plays a major role in the Black Community, Joy is an advocate and supporter of growing and developing this industry for the benefit and enrichment of the Black Community.  She is a firm believer of glamorous healthy natural hairstyles for Black Women as she knows it contributes to self-confidence. She has written and continues to write/ give talks on how to grow the Black hair industry. 

 

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