How To Grow Waist Length Relaxed Hair

This was a phrase that I would search for in my early days of researching about hair because I so wanted to grow my hair to lengths that I never had. I picked up some very important tips and tricks along the way that I want to share with you. When beginning your long hair journey, remember these step-by-step instructions. Please note that everybody’s hair differs. Some of these steps may seem strange at first, but they will be beneficial in the long run.

  1. Cut your hairCut my hair? Yes, cut it. Whether your hair is natural or relaxed if you have split raggedy ends, you need to give your hair a nice trim before you start out. If it is uneven and ragged or some strands are longer than others just cut it. Split ends can never be repaired, they just keep on splitting up to the hair root. Just cut them off. Hair grows an average six inches per year, you will get back some of it this year if you treat your hair right.
  2. Extend your relaxing session. If you used to relax your hair every ten weeks, extend it to twelve. You will have to learn how to embrace your two textures by using moisture and inventive hair styles. The important thing to note is that the longer your natural hair growth is the better it is for processing without overlapping the processing of your new growth and your previously relaxed hair.
  3. Start going natural. Not back to your natural hair if that is not something that you want to do but back to natural products. This might prove to be the best thing that you ever do for your hair. Petroleum, mineral oil and similar products do not promote hair growth. Natural products like carrot, molasses, eggs and natural oils can be better alternatives than the stuff that you get in bottles.
  4. Dump fine tooth combs and hard brushes. Chuck them in the trash, anything that can snag your ends will do your hair little good.
  5. Use only those products that are proven to work for you. Through trial and error many of us have come to discover certain products that we can’t do without. If they make your hair silkier and softer, why switch or experiment? Chuck the rest that are cluttering your cupboard, remember less is more.
  6. Deep condition hair with heat every week. This used to be somewhat of a bother for me but it works. Find a good deep conditioner with protein and moisture balance and do it every week. You will see the difference after three or so weeks.
  7. Stop shampooing your hair with commercial shampoos. Lather rinse repeat cannot be your mantra for black hair. Not all shampoos are created equal, some of them contain harmful chemicals and toxins that will strip hair and cause excess dryness. The ones that sud the most are the worst. Use regular conditioner to wash your hair instead, find a sulphate free shampoo or make your own hair products.
  8. Relax. I am serious, do not be so stressed out, it will make your hair fall out (stress hair loss). I had a friend who used to follow every hair tip I told her but her hair would still not budge. Then she got rid of her headache-inducing man and her hair began to grow like a weed.
  9. Hair Food. Try to eat those foods which will enhance hair growth and retention. Some of them are foods which contain protein and iron, along with a well balanced diet, you are on the right track. Do not take so-called hair supplements from just any company. If you eat right and exercise you do not need to take supplements at all.
  10. Water. Drink plenty of water it is like tonic to your hair, it is great to moisturize the hair from within.

Employ all of these ten steps and you will have your waist length hair. Hair grows an average of ¼ inch to ½ inch per month. It is up to you to retain this hair growth through healthy hair practices.

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19 Comments »

  • Tash said:

    Great information I will pass this on to my daughter….she has a goal to grow her hair.

  • jody said:

    hope this works for me i have been trying like…… foreveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • taymoi said:

    My hair it’s uneven lengths. Do you guys have any good tips for that?

    • Brenda said:

      Hi Taymoi,
      We have the same issue too! There are some things you can do to rectify this you can cut all your hair until it is at an even length and then keep shaping it up, or wait until the shorter pieces are at a length that you find acceptable and then cut the longer pieces to that level.

  • Gloria said:

    Am a nigerian girl, wishing to have a fuller and also a long hair, my hair is scanty and also breaking. What’s the remedy.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hey Gloria, welcome, you’ve come to the right place. Maybe you should start at the hair regimen section and click on shedding/breaking.

  • edima said:

    hi cani i was wondering if i can do a pre poo after a hot oil treatment and also after the pre poo i can use the vinigar to wash it out

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Edima,

      Pre-poo simply means before you shampoo. For some people a hot oil treatment is a pre-poo. Yes you can use diluted apple cider vinegar to rinse out the hair after a pre-poo.

  • J said:

    Hi, I have been reading all your post. I’m looking for a new way to treat my hair to make it grow longer and healthier like when I was younger. I’m changing my diet and exercise, treatments, but over 5 months it just doesn’t grow. What is your view on birth control and hair growth because I think that might be the problem?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi J,
      Are you sure that your hair has not moved even a 1/4 inch in 5 months? Is it breaking? There are some birth control medications that can cause hair loss and thinning, I am not aware of it causing hair to just not grow. I have an article on here about causes of thinning hair and breakage Thinning Hair Causes. Give your hair some time to adjust to the new things you are doing because even positive changes like a better or different diet and even exercise can throw off your hair cycle a bit.

  • zanny said:

    hi my hair is uneven and very dry. my hair use to be long but i losted it all.now i dont understand what im doing wrong. its a new year and i want my long hair back!please help

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Zanny,
      I am sorry to hear about this. You can start by looking at the regimens and see if they are any help to you. There are lots of resources on the site to help you.

  • Rose said:

    H, Im Rose my hair is damaged from heat, and i would like to know is it best to blow dry my hair with a a hand blow dryer or with a hood blow dryer thanks .

  • aashlei said:

    Hi, i want to grow my relaxed to my waist or like to inches above. My hair is at bra strap length But my hair seems to shed more than i think it should so it grows but the sheding makes it where it stays at one length.

  • Azy said:

    Hi Brenda,

    i trim my hair the same day after i relax my hair that is after every 3 months but it tends to get dry and kinky after the first wash. i condition my hair with mayonnaise treatment after evry 2 weeks but it doesnt have that lusture am looking for…….please help.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Azy,
      There are a few things that can give you luster and sheen: Hot oil treatments, Hair Butters, Rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar as your last rinse after a conditioner, Rinsing with Teas.

      • Azy said:

        i have been using olive, coconut and castor oil as a hot oil treatment as we don’t have peppermint and eucalyptus oil in Mombasa. is the end product supposed to be shiny hair only? my hair is now growing abit faster than before and my hair colour is changing from reddish brown to a darker reddish brown

  • Azy said:

    Hi Brenda,

    i have been using olive, coconut and castor oil as a hot oil treatment as we don’t have peppermint and eucalyptus oil in Mombasa. is the end product supposed to be shiny hair only? my hair is now growing abit faster than before and my hair colour is changing from reddish brown to a darker reddish brown.

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