Ask the expert: 'Im on the verge of giving into the creamy crack...'
Hair expert Claire Martin-Kennedy gives her advice on growing and maintaining healthy hair in an effort to avoid relaxers
QUESTION: I’m on the verge of giving into the creamy crack because my natural hair is not growing. Help! Denise, 28
Answer: Your hair is probably growing more than you think. All hair on average grows at about 1.25 inches per month. Record progress pictures once a month, taking a cluster of hair from the front of your head and pulling it down your forehead. Take note of how far your hair reaches as well as how far down your natural hair reaches. This will be a clear illustration of your hair growth and brings hope and motivation to keep going.
Visit a natural hair specialist for a real life demonstration on how to care for your hair. This is a good way to learn what works for your curl pattern while keeping on top of trends. When it comes to styling, I suggest using As I Am’s Long n Luxe Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It helps to manipulate the hair and create a curl pattern, making the transition phase easy to manage while strengthening your weakened ends.
A key part to growing your hair while transitioning is length retention. Hair breakage leads to loss of length and your relaxed ends will be prone to do this. Strengthen the old and new hair with As I Am’s Long n Luxe Strengthening Conditioner. The hydrolysed wheat protein fortifies the hair from within, reducing excess shedding and breakage.
Lastly, I know it sounds counterproductive, but I promise regular trims help with healthy rapid hair growth too.