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Over the past year and four months (since I started transitioning), I’ve heard all sorts of things about hair growth.  For example, my grandma used to trim my mom’s hair according to the lunar calendar, saying that twice the amount that was cut off would come back by the next new moon.

Now, I must admit, I know nothing about hair when it comes to the lunar calendar, but there’s one myth I’ve heard time and time again that I know FOR SURE is not true:

You should cut your [relaxed] hair off now because, if you don’t, your natural hair wont grow.

SAY WHAT???

OK, here are the facts:

Hair growth, as in actually getting hair to come out of your scalp, has nothing to do with the hair that is currently on your head.  Your hair can be relaxed, natural, color-treated, cut asymmetrically, drier than the Sahara, or even all of the above and guess what… your hair will still grow (thank God).  For those of you giving me the side-eye over this one, just trust me.  Your hair will grow no matter the current condition of the hair that is ALREADY on your head!  The older hair may be breaking off faster than the new hair can come in, but your hair is still growing.

So, what does affect hair growth, you ask?  Scalp health, for one.  If your hair is dry, it’ll still grow… but if your scalp is dry, dirty, or otherwise unhealthy, the rate at which your hair grows can and will suffer.  You must keep your scalp healthy in order to enjoy healthy hair growth (and, by association, healthy hair in general).

Another condition that will affect your hair growth is your overall health.  You can use all of the growth aids and miracle creams you want, but only a healthy body grows healthy hair.  Therefore, keep yourself healthy!  Eat your fruits (and veggies) and get a little sweat in your life.  I guarantee you, your hair will thank you for it!

Finally, some medications herbs, and vitamins have been known to extend the growth cycle, halt hair fall (such as garlic), or even cause hair to become brittle (my mother claims morphine did this to her hair).  In addition, pregnant women often experience a wonderfully extended growth phase with little to no hair fall, followed by what is known as “postpartum shedding” for a few months after the baby is born, though it is said that the hair grows back in to it’s pre-pregnancy fullness within 18 months.

As for cutting to make your hair grow… ehh… negatory, rubber ducky.  If you are attempting to grow your hair out and you do not see any growth (even when you stretch your hair), make sure your scalp and body are healthy.  Investigate your medicines for possible hair-related side-effects.  If you turn up nothing, investigate your ends: they may be split or otherwise unhealthy and breaking.  It is then and only then when you should consider more protective styling to pull your hair off of your collar or cutting away the split ends before they have a chance to travel up the hair shaft and break.

In conclusion, as long as you are treating your ends right (no rough brushing, dry combing, etc), keeping yourself and your scalp healthy, and not taking any medicines (or treatments) that would cause your hair to fall out or your growth rate to slow, you should enjoy a healthy growth rate and, thereby, healthy hair.

Peace, Love, and Hair Growth,

SuperCoils

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Dry Deep Condition?

WWWHHHAAAA…?

What I mean to say is “applying conditioner to dry hair”… and that it’s the business.

I don’t know why, but on my laziest days, I just get it into my head to go ahead and put my DC on first… and I like to put it on my hair while my hair is DRY.  It’s nice because, if I’m just cowashing, then I can go ahead and get my DC out of the way while my body is dry (which may not sound like much to those of you with your own houses, but it’s a GODSEND in a dorm with FIVE OTHER CHICKS.

Anyhow, I’ve actually found that DCing my hair before I co-wash or “no-poo wash” makes my hair softer.  I don’t know why, and I won’t even go as far as to concoct some sort of mad hair scientist theory, but I really like the results I get from using this method: softer, silkier coils.

Have you tried it?  And, if so, do you like it?

Love, Peace, and Conditioner,

SuperCoils

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I’m about to type something so revolutionary, so incredibly unbelievable that… well… you might not believe me.

Get ready… prepare your minds for the fact that…

There may or may not be, technically, any such thing as a moisturizer.  *gasp*

No, for real, the way we commonly use the word leads to a lot of misconceptions regarding the nature and process of locking moisture into ones strands.  Essentially, there is no one product that can moisturize your hair.

WATER moisturizes your hair!

The things that we use as moisturizers are really sealants, i.e. products that lock the moisture into your hair by creating a lubricating barrier between your hair and the environment that will help keep moisture in whilst simultaneously allowing your hairs to slip past one another with ease.  Funny thing is, they are still technically “moisturizing” in the sense that they may or may not contain ingredients that draw moisture from the environment to your hair or simply contain water themselves.  This is why some sealants/moisturizers contain glycerin, a substance that draws water to itself from it’s immediate environment.  This is also why you should know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em when it comes to moisturizers in different seasons: glycerin isn’t picky about where it gets it’s water from, and if there’s no humidity in the air from which to siphon water, it’ll take it from your hair.

Yep, glycerin is something like a moisture mercenary.

But that doesn’t make it bad by any means; I personally love glycerin and use it on my transitioning tresses daily!

My points are…

  1. Know your ingredients and when to use them!
  2. Focus less on finding a product that “moisturizes” and look for something that will seal the moisture into your hair
  3. Water is your friend.  Keep you hand strong and your spray bottle at the ready

But wait, SuperCoils!  What exactly is sealing and how do I do it?

Glad you asked.  It’s basically the same concept as putting lotion on right after you get out of the shower, while your skin is still moist and… well… not ashy.  While your hair is wet or damp, put something: shea butter, cocoa butter, your favorite Qhemet Biologics or Bee Mine butter (yeah, we’ve got some thangs to discuss), coconut oil… SOMETHING on your hair and allow it to dry.  Your hair will be softer and hold on to moisture longer because the moisture was locked in with a product (or butter or oil).  It’s as simple as that!

As far the word “moisturizer” in reference to hair… well… the debate continues in the hair community.  I’m just giving you my take on the issue.

Sorry for writing such a long post… I daresay this hair addiction is getting the best of me.  Don’t worry though: I’m like Amy Whinehouse…

I’ll NEVER go to rehab!

Love, Peace, and Sealant,

SuperCoils

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Now I know this sounds super uncomfortable, but one of the things I do to achieve shiny, soft hair is to rinse it with

It doesn't necessarily need to be THIS cold!

cold water!  Yes, you saw that correctly!

As I am rinsing out my deep conditioner in the shower, I slowly turn the know from hot to cold, and rinse the last little bit out with cold water.  Why, you ask?

Because the ice cold water shocks your cuticles closed, resulting in smoother hair (which reflects light better) and moisture that is literally locked in!

Warm water is still OK, but your cuticles take much longer to close after washing your hair, resulting in moisture being lost to the air around you, or even to your towel!  In my experience, this technique has helped me keep my hair shiny after washing, although it is quite uncomfortable to feel cold water on your scalp.  A bit of a wake-me-up, for those who like that sort of thing 🙂 .

Anywho, I’d encourage anyone with shine problems to try this method at least once before moving on to products.  Who knows?  You may save yourself a little money.

Yours Nappily,

SuperCoils

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