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Clip in extensions aren't going to damage your hair at all; typically the roots are more solid than the tips, so clipping the extensions in isn't going to pull or tare.
I'm working on growing my hair out - It's grown about 2 - 3 inches over these past couple of months ^^
Our hair can grow -it's just takes much more work to create the ideal environment for it.
1. Keep it moisturized - African American hair requires a 15 - 20% moisture content as opposed to fair skinned hair which only needs 5-7%.
Have to grease the hair at least every two days - especially coating your ends which are the most prone to breakage - and if your ends are breaking off faster than your roots can grow, then you get this period in which it seems like your hair just isn't growing.
2. Wash your hair kinda frequently - I was always told that we can't wash our hair as much as white people can - and we can't lol - at least not every day as many of them do.
The least you can was your hair is twice a month - the most once a week. I shoot for 2 - 3 times a month - depending on how much I'm messing with my hair.
The grease, heat products, jail this and that - builds up on our scalps and can make it not a suitable climate for good growth.
Always follow up with a great conditioner - none of that white rain type of shampoo - visit a shop specialized in black shampoo products and find a shampoo with lots of vitamins and enhances moisture retardation in your hair.
Also - if you have time - try to do a protein treatment once a month. You take your conditioner, and mix it with a raw egg and olive oil ( just a couple tsps of olive oil) and let it sit on your head for at least 30 mins. It'll be a little messy but it's so worth it :D
Rinse it all out and blow dry and all as normal; the protein will revitalize your hair and the olive oil will lock in moisture for about a week - which causes for some good growth.
Always always always - use a heat protectant when you flat iron and blow dry hair - anything tha t involves heat like that. Heat is the major enemy that kills our hair - don't turn the flat iron all the way up to maximum heat - it will still get the job done on medium and your hair will thank you.
Also - it doesn't hurt to go natural for a few weeks at a time to allow the hair to heal from all that. You can also condition everyday with a leave in which does wonders :)
Avoid dyes, perms, relaxers at all cost lol - contrary to popular belief - just because our hair is thicker - doesn't mean it's stronger.
Actually - we have weaker bonds and less of them in our hair unlike people with fair texture - that's why they can dye their hair so much without such drastic destruction as I've seen in black girls who dye theirs.
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