1) Start with a nice, fresh trim.
2) Take length-check pictures and start a hair care journal/blog.
3) Clip those ends as needed
4) If you choose to shampoo, once a week is enough. Clarify at least once a month or as needed.
5) Do a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment weekly. Use a protein treatment as needed.
6) Use a leave-in conditioner after every wash.
7) Look at the list of ingredients on products. Mineral oil/petrolatum, alcohols, silicones, e.t.c. are not very hair-friendly.
8) Keep moisture in the hair. Simply put, dry hair breaks.
9) For those who chemically treat their hair, don’t over-process it! And keep a proper protein-moisture balance in your hair.
10) Limit the use of direct heat. You must have an inkling that frequent use of hot tools can’t be good for your hair. Think of all that moisture you are forcing out of your hair and frying it in one go!
11) Wear protective styles. These keep the hair ends (oldest part of your strands) tucked away and hidden and off your shoulders. You need to baby those ends if you hope to retain them. Also, don’t manipulate your hair too much.
12) Know the difference between breakage and shedding. Short pieces of hair on your shoulders, sink, floor, comb, e.t.c, = breakage. Long pieces of hair with a white bulb on one end = shedding
13) Protect your hair at night. Use a silk/satin (not a cotton bandana/scarf or old stocking) to wrap your hair up. Alternatively, you could use a silk/satin pillowcase and not wrap your hair. Or you could do both. Your choice!
14) Avoid hair stylists who don’t value healthy hair. These ones will want to frequently retouch/relax, dye, straighten/curl and re-braid your hair.
15) Keep It Simple. Don’t stress yourself out. Don’t do a million things to try and make your hair grow. It is growing, hair grows at an average rate of 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month. So find what products work best for you and come up with a hair regimen that suits you/your lifestyle. Follow it consistently, be patient and above all, PRAY.