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Are you tired of watching girls on YouTube do the “big chop” and share their journey to healthy hair growth while you have terminally short hair that refuses to grow beyond your ear lobes? We understand. Every natural hair vlogger says that growing out ethnic hair is a process, but for some of us, it seems like our hair is stuck in stage one. Maybe a little natural hair care can help. Here are four natural hair hacks for ethnic hair to promote growth and lush, healthy hair!

Supplement With Biotin

Biotin is one of the best supplements to take when you want your hair and nails to grow. Evidence of the vitamin’s effectiveness is shown just days after consistently taking it for four weeks. You should be cautious, however, not to overdose on this supplement. Biotin can have adverse effects when taken in excess. As a rule of thumb any dosage over 2,500mcg should be modified down to reduce the risk of experiencing adverse symptoms. Stop taking biotin if the state of your hair worsens or remains the same after six weeks of consistent consumption.

Use Your Body’s Natural Oil

Your hair is not a dry mess despite what commercials would have you believe. Your scalp emits natural oils that moisturize and may prevent hair loss due to dryness. Getting access to your body’s natural hair oil is a matter of massaging the scalp with a brush. Such action increases blood flow and spreads the oil evenly across the head.

For more on ethnic hair care, you might like: Haircare Tips: Repairing & Protecting African American Hair

Eat For Ethnic Hair Growth

What goes in comes out in one way or another. If you are looking to increase hair growth, then you should consider protein. Consuming fish for breakfast, beef for lunch and chicken provide much-needed nutrients that your hair needs to thrive.

Shampoo Less Often

The “no poo” movement may have begun as a sort of experiment, but it is now the premiere way to cleanse. Exchanging your daily or weekly hair routine for a “no poo” experience may be the determining factor of whether or not your hair will be long in the future.

A life of healthy, luscious hair is yours for the taking. Take advantage of these simple hair hacks for ethnic hair to see positive results.

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3 Tools Every Woman With Long Natural Hair Needs

In some natural hair circles, growing your hair as long as possible is a huge priority. Natural hair YouTubers do frequent “length checks,” and it seems like the longer the hair, the better! But once your hair actually gets to an impressive length, you may run into another problem: maintaining it. Keeping waist length hair detangled is no small matter, and figuring out how to style all that hair can be daunting. Luckily, there are a few products that make it significantly easier.

A mist water bottle

Not all water bottles are created equal. Regular water bottles, that you can find at CVS or Rite Aid, shoot a single jet of water at your hair, which is pretty inefficient and somewhat annoying. With a mist water bottle, you get a sustained mist that actually wets your hair without soaking it. Plus, it produces more water at a time, so you don’t have to keep spraying and spraying at the same section. These water bottles are amazing, trust me. You can find one at Sally’s or other salon stores.

Ridiculously large hair clips

This seems so simple, but it’s easy to just keep using the same hair clips that you’ve always used and then getting frustrated that your hair doesn’t stay in one place for long. Rather than pile extra hair clips into your hair, just buy a few jumbo clips. I went ahead and got the ones that looked, to me, comically large — they were the biggest ones that they had at the store — and they’re perfect! I can actually put all of my hair up with one clip again.

Don’t throw your small hair clips away, though. I still use mine often to clip the front of my hair back, since otherwise, it gets in my face all day long.

A jar of deep conditioner

All naturalistas should have deep conditioner on hand at all times, especially in cold or dry weather. However, some women can get away with buying packets or smaller quantities. Not you with the long hair, my friend. You need an entire hefty jar. While you might technically be able to cover your head with a packet-sized amount, a jar allows you to apply the deep conditioner generously without worrying about running out, which is important when you have a never-ending supply of curls.

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