Hair-growing tips for African Americans include massaging the scalp and exercising regularly to increase the blood circulation to the scalp. African Americans looking to grow healthy hair should also eat foods and take supplements that provide the vitamins and nutrients that are essential to growing and maintaining healthy hair.
African Americans should choose moisturizing shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated for dry or damaged hair, as their hair is naturally dry, and dryness typically leads to breakage and split ends. To avoid causing damage to the hair they are growing in, African Americans should keep heat styling to a minimum. If they relax their hair, they should consider leaving their hair in its natural state. The chemicals hair stylists use to relax hair causes dryness and breakage. Keeping hair in tight ponytails and braids can also lead to breakage when people wear them over extended periods of time.
Foods that help keep hair healthy include salmon, nuts, beans, eggs and dark green vegetables. Taking a good multi-vitamin helps people get an adequate amount of essential vitamins and nutrients, many of which contribute to overall hair health. Some supplement companies, such as BioSil and Nature's Bounty, make supplements specifically for hair, skin and nails. Drinking lots of water also aids in hair growth.