One theory is that Afro hair, because the hair follicle is shaped curvy and our hair grows out in a spiral coil, that the sebum when released has a problem traveling down the hair strand to moisturize the hair. So the very nature of Afro hair is dry because of this and this is what keeps us from achieving as long lengths as those with straight hair. I do not necessarily agree with this theory, because Father God does not make any mistakes and He made our coily hair and it works just fine. I think it is more so geographic and some other things but that I will save for another forum discussion.
So let me go with the theory that sebum has an problem traveling down our hair shaft. If this is true then one way to make your hair reach greater lengths is by oiling your scalp daily. I do know from experience that this makes a HUGE difference in your hair. So I guess growing up our parents had it half way right, with the oiling the hair practice, but we were just using the wrong product.
I started oiling my scalp daily as an experiment and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my hair did not shed, has no ssks and is just overall easier to manage. I have also noticed my hair grows much faster. So if you are looking for a solution to some of your hair issues, start today with oiling your scalp/hair daily. This only works if you use natural oils such as: extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil or castor oil. Using natural oils will keep you from getting a buildup on your scalp. When you use oils that penetrate, not only is it feeding your hair roots but it is not clogging your hair follicles.
If you are experiencing extra shedding, tangles, dry scalp or slow growth, I recommend to try oiling your scalp daily as an experiment for the next 30 days and keep a hair diary of how your hair reacts and which oil you opted to use.
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