" I noticed that my hair grows faster in braids. Have you noticed the same thing? If so, do you know why?"
I received this question a while back and addressed it via email. But thought about it the other night and decided to do a post about it.
Now, I could have simply answered this question by saying:
NO, my hair grows the same rate it normally does, it's just protected for a long period of time so when I see my "new growth" it seems like it grew out of no-where and very fast.
I could say no, to not give false hope...but in all honesty, I do believe when I have braids...my hair does grow faster!
Here's my theory on why:
1.) More Scalp Stimulation- The added weight from the braiding hair gives my scalp some stimulation, which results in a VERY slight increase in growth.
Now, we all know how scalp massages can benefit us. For me, having braids is like giving myself a scalp massage daily because of the gentle tugging caused by the braids.
Please note: I NEVER do them too tight, so I don't have irritation.
2.) My Braid Spray- I have always used African Pride Braid Spray while in braids. This particular spray contains many ingredients (herbs and essential oils) which are GREAT for the scalp and are said to stimulate hair growth.
3.) Summer Growth Spurt- I typically wear braids in the Summer. My hair tends to grow a little faster in the summer. Don't ask me why, but it does and many others say the same(about themselves).
Now, don't run to the nearest braider to get some braids, expecting a solid 2 inches of growth a month...because I sure don't get that! I get a SLIGHT increase of growth..nothing to write home about, but it's better than nothing!