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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.

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