Advice From a Pentacostal
First off, I’m Apstolic Pentecostal which is a denomination of charismatic christian. We are the ones who give worship all we’ve got and the one’s who are known for their long beautiful hair. I have not cut my hair in about two years, currently it is just past my bottom but have been growing my hair long for almost 7. I’ve learned a lot in these past years and I know there are many other women out there who struggle to make their hair grow strong and long. So may I share with you?
I’m no doctor and therefore I am simply sharing what has worked for me and my hair. My hair is generally greasy and bone straight. I have thin strands but lots of it. Consult your doctor before trying anything.
1. Long, strong hair comes from within
Many people will tell you to use topical treatments first, however, the most effective key to healthy, long, strong hair is what you’re putting in your body. If you are like me and don’t exactly have the most healthy diet full of fruits and veggies, you’ll want to check out some good vitamins that will help your hair grow. Prenatals, b-vitamins, and biotin are all vitamins I’ve tried, and have have seen improved growth. once again, please make sure to consult your doctor about which, if any would be best for you. A blood test may be necessary. Here are the exact brands I have used(not all at one time).
2. Topical hair Masks
Topical Hair masks can help stimulate blood flow the scalp or simply help strengthen and repair the hair you already have. For your ends, I suggest using mask with keratin and/or protein. For your scalp, you’ll be looking for that tingly feeling from tea tree oils or peppermint oils. Here are the two masks I use to help my hair grow longer and stronger. I like these, but if you can find products that are Paraben and sulfate free, more power to you.
3. Use Heat Protectant–Always
To keep my hair growing strong and long, I don’t just use heat protectant just when i’m using heat tools. Everytime I get out of the shower, heat protectant goes in. This is because your hair is exposed to UV rays and heat from the sun which can also cause damage. What I do, is put elive No Cut Cream out of the shower, and then when I use a heat tool I also put Fantasia heat protector–my favorite ever (it smells so good and makes pretty curls even though it says for straightening.)
4. Avoid Friction
Split ends occur because of heat and friction, making it hard to grow your hair long and strong. Ever notice the bristles of a broom begin to fray after so many times sweeping the floor? Well, the same thing happens with your hair, except worse because of how thin and delicate it is. So the way you brush you hair and how often adds friction, then styling, and wrapping it in a rough towel adds friction. Worst of all, sleeping with it down– moving and rolling over your hair. Scrubbing your hair in shampoo also puts it through unnecessary friction. (Below this list are images that will link you directly to the products I mention.)
- Use a wet brush to brush it once or twice a day. The bristles are designed to give a little when running through your hair so it doesn’t force the knots out of it– resulting in less breakage.
- Reduce the frequency of back combing or teasing.
- Instead of wrapping your hair in a towel, use a soft t-shirt or micro-fiber wrap.
- When you go to sleep, bun or braid it and protect the ends. I have a youtube video for a comfy high bun I sleep in and use for a quick daily style.
- Get a satin/silk pillowcase to help your glide over the pillow with less friction.
- Fight the urge to shampoo every day— even if it’s greasy. braid it, bun it, or put a hat on if you don’t like the look, but your scalp produces natural oils that naturally condition your hair. I wash my hair every 3-5 days. (I’m currently in love with the Elive dream lengths system.)
- Lastly, when you do wash your hair, do not shampoo your ends. use the pads of your fingers, not your fingernails to msssage and lather up your roots and then let the shampoo run through your ends while you rinse.
5. Avoid Heat
It’s no secret that heat damages your hair, so I don’t use heat tools unless I need to. Sometimes I like to do no-heat curls with socks, I also have a youtube video for my method. It’s easy, simple, and comfortable to sleep in.
Other sources of heat are hot water from the shower, and as we discussed earlier, the sun. So, rinse your hair with room temp water, and wear a hat in the sun or use heat protectant.
6. Pray Over Your hair
This last one may seem kind of odd, but in 1 Corinthians 11 the bible says:
14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
1 Corinthians 11 explains the symbolism of a woman’s hair as submission to the authority of God and her husband. (Yes, I know our society doesn’t like those terms, but go take a look at my article about “what is true feminism?” to learn about God’s view of women.) It also says that it is her glory. While I’m still learning what this all means, I am certain that a woman’s hair is an important God-given feature. Therefore, I suggest praying over it because if God thinks it’s important, we should too.
7. Stimulate the scalp
This one was an after thought but it’s also very important. When you stimulate the scalp by only brushing at your scalp and massaging your scalp, it disperses your natural oils to your ends and stimulates the follicles. So when you brush, try to concentrate gently on your scalp and do scalp treatments like the tea tree oils I mentioned above. Use brushes that have a little balls for your scalp to ensure you’re not doing more damage and scratching it.
My final note for you: don’t be too concerned with the length of your hair. Many pentecostals get down in the dumps because they cut their hair or it stopped growning. I know we all want beautiful hair, but it’s not the length or the color or shape of your hair that matters; it’s your obedience to God that does. Focus on taking care of it, and the rest will come.
If you do something else for your hair please comment and tell me about it below! Please like, comment and share this article if it was beneficial to you. God bless, sis!