Have you been searching the whole internet on how to grow long hair for black males? You are not alone.
A few of my male friends complain that the blogging community does not think about them.
In this article, we shift focus from our female friends. We will cover 12 easy to follow hair growth tips for black males. These are my top 5:
- Establish a simple hair care routine
- Moisturize regularly
- Avoid products with harsh chemicals
- Have a healthy diet
- Use color with caution
Did you know that without putting any extra effort hair generally grows ½ an inch per month? Sadly, hair growth is usually masked by hair damage and constant breakage.
Some extra care may be essential for you to notice your hair grow and reach a desired length. Extra effort entails taking all possible measures to prevent hair damage and promote hair growth.
Hair growth tips for black males
Here are 12 tips for growing long healthy hair in black males:
1. Establish a simple hair care routine.
Start by establishing a simple hair care routine that you can stick by and not get overwhelmed.
It can be as simple as washing the hair every other day, deep conditioning once a week, doing a hot oil treatment every two weeks and trimming every 2-3 months.
To come up with an effective routine, start by understanding your hair. What is your curl pattern? Is your hair high, medium or low porosity? Does your hair love oils or creams?
We all have unique hair types and would therefore require a unique hair care routine to meets the needs. For instance; when one has straight hair, they would need to cleanse it more often because the oils travel along the strands more readily as compared to coily hair.
Once you establish a hair care routine, be sure to be consistent with it because it will definitely help boost hair growth.
2. Moisturize regularly
Moisture is important for healthy, growing hair.
When hair is dry hair, the strands would feel brittle and are prone to breakage. Hydrated hair is pliable, can be managed with little to no breakage.
3. Avoid washing hair on a daily basis
As the saying goes ‘too much of something is poisonous’, too much of washing can be detrimental to your strands and scalp.
A lot of washing strips off sebum, the scalp’s natural oil, from the hair and scalp’s surface and leaves them feeling extra dry.
4. Increase amount of water intake
Water is an essential when trying to boost hair growth.
The recommended daily water intake should be 9 glasses for women and 13 glasses for men. This step will help hydrate the strands from within and at the end of day they become shiny, soft and manageable.
5. Trim off split ends
Split ends develop when the ends of your hair become dry and brittle. Dryness comes about as a result of the exposure to extreme weather, the use of harsh chemical products and bad hair techniques such as blow drying, straightening and curling.
If left, split ends can be damage to your hair as they tend to travel up the strand. It s recommended to trim your ends to keep your strands healthy and strong.
Read this article to learn how often you trim your hair.
6. Use essential oils
When speaking of hair growth, we cannot underestimate the power of oils. Oils act as food for the hair. Nutrients provided by the oils boost hair growth. Commonly used oils for hair growth include coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil.
Essential oils not only impart a good smell to your stands but they also promote hair growth.
In a study, taking a daily dose of 400 milligrams pumpkin seed oil in form of a capsule resulted in an increase in hair growth in men. After 24 weeks of usage men who took pumpkin seed oil experienced 40 percent increase in the total hair count. 
Another study shows that rosemary oil can be as effective as minoxidil in treating hair loss (alopecia). 
7. Avoid products with harsh chemicals
Anytime you are buying a product for your hair, remember to check the ingredients list. Buy products that are free of sulfates, SLS, alcohol, mineral and petroleum.
These chemicals rip off the natural oils on your hair and scalp leaving your strands feeling dry and brittle. It is advisable to use products containing many organic ingredients as they are less likely to leave your hair feeling dry.
Once you’ve tried and seen that a certain product works for you, stick with it and your hair will certainly glow and grow.
8. Have a healthy diet
Poor dietary habits may lead to impaired hair growth and increased hair shedding. Since hair growth is a relatively low priority as compared with other body functions, hair growth decreases or even stops when body is under stress of a restrictive diet.
A balanced diet supplies beneficial nutrients to your hair follicles hence hair grows. Adequate protein intake is essential for optimal hair growth.
Also rapidly losing weight or decreasing your protein intake causes Telogen effluvium, a common cause of widespread hair loss.
9. Consider having a scalp massage
Massaging your scalp 20-30 minutes each day helps boost hair growth. Massaging improves circulation of blood within the scalp. This helps to deliver nutrients the hair follicles need thus your hair grows.
Also, scalp massages help promote relaxation and relieves stress. Stress is one of the causes for hair loss once it is reduced then heathy hair grows.
10. Take of vitamin supplements
Just like any other body part, hair also needs adequate supply of specific nutrients so that it can grow. The key nutrients that are necessary for hair growth include:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D and E
- Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
A study suggests that intake of omega-3 and omega-6 supplements for 6 months may potentially help against hair loss. 
Another study showed that boosting zinc levels in the body by taking supplements can reduce zinc deficiency related hair loss. 
Insufficient amount of biotin in the body causes hair loss. Biotin deficiency happens in rare cases as biotin is present in most foods. Foods which contain biotin include: meat, fish, whole grain, sea foods and green leafy vegetables.
Even while the research showing the efficacy of biotin is limited, a review of the literature found 18 reported cases that showed clinical improvements in both nail and hair health after biotin supplementation. 
Consult your doctor before taking supplements because they may interfere with medication or cause undesirable effects.
11. Limit exposure to heat
Excessive exposure to heat by overusing hot styling tools such as hair dryer, curling wand and straightener is bad for your hair.
Dry heat from the hot styling tools weakens the hair shaft and as a result your hair will feel dry and be prone to breakage.
12. Use color with caution
Rocking in a dyed hair may seem cool but it is not healthy for your hair. Permanent hair dyes contain chemicals such as ammonia and peroxide. Peroxide strips away the color of the hair. Constantly exposing the hair to such chemicals causes loss of natural hair luster, breakage and eventually hair loss.
Your long hair looks desirable only if the hair is well kempt. Be sure to follow these steps, be consistent and patiently wait for the outcome. Am sure you’d love it.
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