All my life I’ve had thick hair allahumma barik alaayki (May Allah bless it).
When I was 6 years old, I caught lice and my mom put a cereal bowl on my head and cut around it. I subsequently wore a cap for a few months and everyone called me a boy. Lovely! Looking through old photos is traumatizing.
But one thing I remember is my mom drenching my hair in coconut oil and within 6 months my hair grew to about midway, down my back.
Since then I have gone through many phases. From blonde to red hair, short bob to long hair. You name it, I’ve probably had all hair styles. Right now my hair is really long and thick with little breakage, despite exclusively breastfeeding a 9 month old, allahumma barik alaayki (May Allah bless it).
So in this article I’m going to share with you my secret tips to gorgeous, long, thick hair.
Please be aware that these tips are not overnight miracles. I don’t believe in the blogs that claim you can grow your hair in a week. It takes good nutrition, dedication and patience to grow healthy hair. Nonetheless, these tips aim to point you in the right direction towards healthier hair.
I recently attended a global health summit and was absolutely floored by one of the presenters. Andy Hnilo survived a near fatal car accident that left him with a severely broken jaw, broken ribs and a collapsed lung. He miraculously rebuilt himself by a strict diet and looks better than before the accident.
One thing he mentioned is silicon drops. Our skin, hair and nails needs silicon in order to grow. After oxygen it’s the most abundant element in the world. You can read more about the health benefits here.
If you’re deficient in silicon you will notice thinning of the hair and increased hair loss. I like to use Jarrosil silicon drops. I’ve been taking them for over 3 months now. Within the first month I noticed my hair stopped falling, and my hair felt thicker and stronger. I also noticed my hair grew twice as fast (about an inch after the first month).
As with any supplements, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult with a doctor before using.
I’ve gone no-POO for almost a year now, and it’s probably the best decisions I’ve made. Ever! I started with shampoo bars, but I found my hair to be really greasy because of hard water issues. Not only that but if you’re lazy like me, I really couldn’t be bothered using apple cider vinegar to rinse off.
Then I came across soap nuts and I’ve been using them ever since. Soap nuts are native to India and Nepal and are traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine in treating skin conditions. Soap nuts contain saponin which is a natural cleaning agent. These are released when you soak the nuts in water.
So for my shampoo, I boil a handful of soap nuts in some filtered water and then add rosemary oil to preserve it. This is enough for one wash as my hair is long.
I wash my hair maybe once every 3 weeks. Shocking I know, but my hair will stay clean and not greasy for that long. You can check out this link for a really simple soap nut recipe.
Black seed oil (cumin seed)
The Prophet (sallahu alayhi wasallam) stated that black seed is a cure for every disease except death. A year ago my brother was bald on the top of his head. I recommended he used black seed oil and within 6 months his bald spot was gone.
Black seed is full of vital nutrients that are great for hair. It has lots of antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that just nourish the hair.
I use black seed oil on my ends, as they can become a bit dry and thus knot. One thing I love about this oil is that it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling (if you have pure black seed oil. Some oils are mixed with other carrier oils to make them cheaper so be careful).
There are so many oils out there that are great for your hair. But it really depends on your hair type and the density of it. My son has 4c hair, so the only oils that work for him are shea butter, argan oil and avocado oil. Click this link to find out which oil is best for your hair type.
Massage your scalp
Circulation is key when it comes to growing hair. When we massage the scalp, blood rushes to the follicles and helps transport key nutrients and minerals to make your hair thick and shiny.
What I do is tilt my head forward and massage my scalp for about 5 mins everyday. Tilting the head forward helps the blood rush to your scalp quicker, so you’re not there for ages with an aching arm trying to magically make your hair grow.
Oil before you wash
I learnt this trick from my amazing mother allahumma barik laha (May Allah bless her). Before she washed my hair, she would always slather on lots of coconut oil and leave it to marinate (couldn’t think of a better word), for around an hour and then wash.
There was no need to use conditioner after, and once my hair dried it felt silky, shiny and strong.
What I also like to do is warm the oil up on the stove and then massage it into my hair. Hot oil treatments penetrate the hair follicles quicker, thus retaining more moisture.
Good diet and multivitamins
Last but not least, I always stress the importance of having a good diet. If your not eating at least 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day then your diet is lacking key nutrients. I say 10 portions, because 5 is just not enough, given the quality of our food nowadays.
Foods that are good for the hair include all kinds of nuts, good fats such as salmon and avocado and lentils. Lentils are a great source of iron and protein which are the main nutrients needed for all your cells including hair.
Of course we can’t get all our nutrients from our diet so I like to take Dr Mercola multivitamins. The supplement is a wholefood, so there are no nasty chemicals, synthetics or binders in each pill. Honestly, since taking these vitamins my hair hardly falls off. It’s stronger and thicker than ever allahumma barik alaayki.
So there you have it. My top tips for growing gorgeous, long healthy hair.
What do you use on your hair to keep it healthy? Feel free to comment below and don’t forget to subscribe for weekly updates.