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There are many styling options for long African-American hair, whethere you are a natural girl, a relaxer aficionado or if you are achieving length with the help of hair extenstions. Try out the following looks that are perfect for your long lovely locks!
Half-Up, Half-Down: A super simple style, this look works for African-American hair of all textures. Use a covered elastic or bobby pins to pull back the hair at the top of your head, stopping with the tresses at ear level.
The High Ponytail: Made popular by Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video and drag queens across the globe, the long ponytail is a fierce style choice. Use your desired styling product (preferably a lightweight gel) and a brush to lay your hair down flat and secure your ponytail at the top of your scalp. Be sure to use a covered elastic, as rubber bands can break Black hair quite easily.
Loose Waves: A great look for long, straight African-American hair, you can achieve soft, flirty waves by wrapping random sections around curling iron. Use a 1′ barrel for smaller waves and a larger one for big ones.
The Low Chignon: Chignons (loose, messy buns) are a simple, Hot style option and look fantastic with long hair. Pull your hair to one side and secure it lightly with a ponytail holder. Wrap the ponytail around itself, forming a messy bun and use bobby pins to secure. Pull a few face framing strands out to make the look even more stunning.
Pretty Plaits: Part the hair down the middle and form a tight braid on each side for a throwback look. For added sophistication, pin the ends of the braids together at the nape of the neck or the center of the scalp. Braids have the added benefit of being a protective style for African American hair, so consider incorporating them into your hair routine weekly.
African-American women have asked the question for years: “How do I get my hair to grow faster?” While there are ways to speed up hair growth, unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to get one’s hair to grow fast. Healthy grows at an average rate of 1/2 of an inch per month; six inches of hair growth in a year isn’t much to sneeze at! However, damaged or over-processed hair doesn’t yield the same growth. If you want your African-American hair to grow as fast as it can, follow these tips to keep it healthy enough to do so.
1) Keep your ends trimmed and moisturized. African-American hair with split ends will break and cannot grow strong. Get hair trimmed every 4-6 weeks until ends are healthy.
2) Deep condition hair after each watching to prevent drying and breakage.
3) Avoid gels, mousses and other products that are heavy on alcohol and other drying chemicals. Select high quality products that are designed for African-American hair.
4)Don’t brush your hair often; brushing breaks African-American hair. Also, use a wide-tooth comb instead of a fine one, which will tear your tresses.
5) Take vitamins and eat healthy! Vitamin deficiency can contribute to slow hair growth. Hair and nail vitamins that claim to make hair grow super fast won’t make your hair grow much faster than it’s normal healthy rate, but they still contain much needed nutrients that support hair growth.
6) Reduce heat styling; the more heat you expose your African-American hair to, the more damage you will cause.
Earlier this month in my Biggest Myths about African American Hair piece I mentioned that African American hair has the ability to grow as long as other races or ethnicities. Several disagreed, some rather rudely. (Never underestimate the fervor, passion or vigor black women have about their hair!) Either way I still stand by the statement. You don’t have to be of multiracial origin to achieve the hair so many of us covet. Honestly, you’d be hard pressed to find many African Americans who don’t have a little or a lotta bit of “something else” in their blood.
But that’s beside the point, African American hair can grow if properly maintained and that’s the key. The natural, coily texture of our hair is fragile and frankly many of us are very ignorant about what it takes for it to thrive. (Hence the YouTube tutorials.) So if you’re interested in tresses that graze the top of your booty, here are some tips to grow long, luscious African American hair.