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A Quick Guide

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Table of Contents
Introduction............................3 Hair Type .................................4 Growth Potential ....................5 1. Wash & Condition...............6 2. Chemicals to Avoid.............10 3. Moisturising Dry Hair.........14 4. Stimulating Growth...........24 5. Heat and Your Hair.............27 6. Nutrition.............................30 7. Combing and Handling.....34 8. Sleeping..............................37 9. Hair Styles for Length........40 10. Braiding.............................42 11. Weather..............................45 12. Frizz Control.....................47

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Introduction
 In March 2011 I encountered severe hair breakage for no apparent reason.  I got scared, stopped relaxing my hair and decided to transition to natural hair.  18 months later, I can tie my hair all in one place and importantly, it looks

healthy.

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Hair Types
 Natural hair comes in four main "types".  Most black people have type four hair and this can be further broken

down into: 4a, 4b, 4c.

 The type in itself does not matter. What does matter is the impact of

type on how the hair should be handled.  All type four hair is very kinky hair but type 4C is the most kinky and most vulnerable to breakage. 4

Growth Potential
 If you have very kinky hair, treat it with great care and reverence.  Any harsh treatment or harsh chemicals will lead to breakage

and will slow down the growth process.  On average, hair can grow a maximum of 0.5 inches per month. Expect 3 to 5 inches of growth per year (after trimming)

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Wash & Condition
 TIP 1: One shampoo a week is more than adequate  Black hair is vulnerable to dryness. This means that it does    

not need to be washed as often as other types of hair. Excessive washing will draw out moisture and increase breakage. TIP2: Use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo Sulfates are the key agent in shampoo that dries hair If you exercise heavily and feel like you need a more regular wash, add an extra wash or two per week using conditioner only rather than shampoo (i.e. co-wash).

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Wash & Condition
 TIP 3: Co-Wash if you need a more regular wash  You know that squeaky clean feel you get when you’ve    

shampooed your hair? That is what you are trying to avoid. Squeaky clean means you've stripped the hair of a lot of moisture and natural oils. Washing hair with conditioner (co-washing) does not strip hair as much as shampoo and is therefore less damaging. If you sweat a little bit only, it doesn't necessarily mean that your hair needs a wash. I would say more than three washes a week is excessive but some people co-wash daily and don’t find it detrimental. www.NenoNatural.com

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Wash & Condition
 TIP 4: The longer your hair gets the less often you     

should be washing it Long hair has a higher tendency to get tangled and the detangling process is an opportunity for breakage. Long hair also takes longer to get greasy; Sebum produced in the scalp finds it difficult to travel along our kinks, curls and coils to the tip of long hair. The longer your hair is, therefore, the more dry your ends will tend to be. Short hair is more welcoming of regular washes.

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Chemicals to Avoid
 TIP 5: Read product labels and know which chemicals to avoid  The products that you use on your hair matter.  Certain chemicals dry hair out, make it more likely to break, clog up

pores and simply do more harm than good to your hair.  Ensure that products you use do not contain any of the following: o Gluten o PABA or DEA (paraaminobenzoic acid and Diethanolamine) o Parabens o Paraffin o Petrolatum o Phthalates o Propylene Glycol o Silicone o Sulfates including sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate

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Chemicals to Avoid
 TIP 6: The lower on the...
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