Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tips for growing out your nape hairs

Pic taken a few weeks ago

I think at some point in everyone's life, they have had some kind of trouble with those nape hairs.  If you were relaxed, you probably had beedeebeads and buckshots and all kinds of forests and wild life growing back there at one time.  Shoot, when I relaxed, I just knew I would have the roughest, toughest most difficult hair in the world based off of the condition of my broken off nape hair:  I was practically rocking a TWA back there anyway!  Over the years, I have found a few key points that will help to grow out those stubborn hairs at the nape of the neck:

  • Instead of twisting the base of your twists in the nape area, try braiding the base.
  This method helps to stop your nape hairs from unraveling in the back, and also holds the shed hairs in place until it is time to take the twists down. By keeping the shed hairs in place (because the braids do not allow for wiggle room the same way that twists do), this will reduce both knotting and tangling of your ends.  This has been one of my biggest secrets on how to grow out the nape hairs.

  • Check on the hairs at your nape regularly. 
Don't just put your hair in a style and forget about it, every few days, make sure that strands aren't tangling around each other, and that the nape hairs aren't unraveling if they are in a protective style.

  • Don't let the nape hairs rub up against your clothing.
  The nape hairs are the hairs that are the closest to the collars of your coats and blouses.  Make sure that whenever you are wearing a light jacket this spring or on a cool summer night, that they are not rubbing against your clothes.  Your nape hairs will thank you kindly.

  • Moisturize this section often
Especially if you break the rule above.  Oiling and plain ole moisturizer will help to reduce friction between your hair strands, which causes damage to the strands.  Keep those nape hairs moisturized and ready for war.

  • Keep on top of those single strand knots!  
 I personally remove knots as soon as I see them. I don't let them sit around and marinate and get tangled up into other hair strands as they always seem to want to do, I nip them in the bud right away.  

That's all I got for now.  Any questions, leave them below.

I'll holla



  1. WOW!!!!!!! This is such a valuable post. Thanks for sharing. I have had issues with my nape hair for the longest time. The tip u gave about braiding the base of the twist will forever be cherished. Thanks Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. How do u get rid of single strand knots?
    By the way I left a comment under my old account but I basically said that the post is so valuable and thanks for sharing!!

  3. Glad it was helpful :) that nape area is a difficult spot to grow out.

    For SSK's I just snip them off when I see them. The only way that I have found to keep them at bay is to wear my hair stretched out all the time. I haven't worn my hair shrunken since way back in 2008 or 2009. For me, shrunken hair is murder to natural hair.

    I also try to keep my ends moisturized and try to braid and twist all the way to the ends. I no longer leave the ends of braids loose so I can get those cute "curly q's" and all that cute stuff. Nope not anymore.

    HTH :)

  4. Thanks for responding..lol @ "curly q's"''
    You are so right about the ends. I learned that about my hair when I wore braids this past month. I cornrowed the braids every night to stretch the ends and when I was too lazy to cornrow, I definitely experienced those knots on my ends

  5. I am transitioning from natural, heat damaged hair, and I've been pinning up my protective twists. The problem: 2 inches of broken/short hair at the back that I cannot twist or braid. I have had this patch of hair for YEARS. I am inexperienced with DIY styles since I had someone else doing my hair most of the time. What can I do to grow out (and hide) my nape twa?

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