How To Grow Your Nape Area Long and Healthy


What’s nape hair? It’s that section of your head we have labeled as the kitchen, although I can’t see why since everyone loves the kitchen, Well in all accuracy they usually love what comes out of it: cookies and puddings, cakes, chicken… well I digress but don’t you think it’s a bit funny how we’ve managed to name a section of our hair after one of the most beloved rooms in a house when in reality no one loves this particular kitchen?

Just think about it, when we refer to the nape as the kitchen it’s usually about how to tame what grows there. It usually doesn’t seem to be co-operating with the rest of the hair on your head with the little rolled up curls or the short broken off hair or peach fuzz that refuses to stay slicked down when you do your top knot.

My bun is my staple style around my house when my son is not napping. I prefer my hair down most of the time, but lately, that just has not been feasible even on the weekends with captain destruction around. But I’ve noticed that the nape has begun to look a bit woeful and I have a few theories on why that may be, since grabbing the hairs at my nape seemed to comfort my little one.

But now that baby boy is walking, things have been a little easier for my hair. I can’t blame Jon totally. My hair is super fine, and the nape area being the most fragile, tangles very easily often creating those wretched little fairy knots almost in the middle of the strand. This is common among most women with very curly hair, and with breakage and the chemical damage that some of us may endure, we have been forced to figure out ways to get that area growing healthy again.

If you have a broken nape, and you want to find ways to nurse it back to health we have a few suggestions for you that might just do the trick.

1. Separate your nape hair from the rest of your hair

When you are working on portions of your hair, it is better to separate it from the rest so that you can focus on it, handle it in a gentler fashion than the rest of your hair and assess your progress. Quite often we just lump it along with everything else, not giving thought to the adage that suggests that one size doesn’t fit all. It can be easy to forget that some areas need specialized attention by virtue of location. When our hair is not in a protective style we almost always automatically swoop it into a bun of some sort, pulling on the delicate areas to get the bomb slicked down look. Isolating the nape hair allows you to remember that you need to be gentler in handling hair in that area.

2. Massage the damaged area with castor oil

Castor oil is probably the most popular and recommended oil for any sort of mild alopecia or as a general aid for hair regrowth. Massaging your scalp is known to get your blood flowing and the follicles jump-started, when you do the massage, focus on the areas that need the most help making sure your hair is already well moisturized.

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About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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  1. Kimberly Rice Dillard
    Kimberly Rice Dillard

    Awesome, my nape area grows faster than my front and sides, looks like I have it tapered or like a fro hawk, anyone know what I can do for the front and sides???

  2. Shawnee Wiley
    Shawnee Wiley

    my left back always grows longer than my right back. It’s been that way since I was a teen. Any suggestions on that ladies? Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  3. Chantelle Dee
    Chantelle Dee

    Same Kimberly Rice Dillard the whole of the back of my head grows about 2 inches faster than the rest and my sides are more delicate than the rest, I just keep them moist and braided and I don’t use tools on my sides only my hands and I’ve noticed length retention there now, I hope this helps

  4. Blessedfrom Above
    Blessedfrom Above

    Keep the hair moisturizer…use argan oil…Jamaican caster oil…Shea butter…olive oil or coconut oil…any of those will help with growth…

  5. Gloria Rand
    Gloria Rand

    I want to grow my hair naturally bit I don’t want to wear braids. What can I do to achieve and keep my straight hair naturally?

  6. Jalisa Myers
    Jalisa Myers

    Gloria Rand try hot oil treatments and things with “smoothing or straightening” on the label I use this while my hair is damp and comb in sections of 4-6 and I use clips. My hair combs out really straight. They also have a moccoran oil that I use in my conditioner that helps me get my hair nice hydrated and smooth.

  7. Patricia DaDiva Edmonson
    Patricia DaDiva Edmonson

    Look you put all kinds of products in your hair to make it grow. If constant maintenance of keeping your healthy such as; eating healthy, exercise, drinking PLENTY of water, moisturizing your hair, keeping your ends trim every 6-8weeks, and genetics is ALSO a key,etc…..none of how this lady does for her hair WON’T MATTER for yours…..EVERYONE growth of their hair is different. How your hair grows and thin out at the hairline, crown and nape area is base on….maintenance, eating right, and our health choices we make. Thinning hair (Alopecia)is cause by genetics and stressed to those areas mentioned above. And some ppl needs extra help to rejuvinate growth..But try to do those things and you will be fine

  8. Tomika Jackson Grant
    Tomika Jackson Grant

    U think so? Well she does have beautiful black skin, pretty white teeth! She could be, this made me smile. I would adore a sister that looked just like ME

  9. Lasilia Imnottheonenottoday Thornton
    Lasilia Imnottheonenottoday Thornton

    those are not side burns, those are her front edges braided down/ im one of her subscribers. she does not braid her edges with single extensions. she protects her edges by cornrowing them to the the side. if you plan on making a stupid remark about how her hair looks, do your research first so you dont look ignorant making a flip comment about her braid coming down the side smh.. she explains why she does that on her channel.

  10. Stylista Thuthela
    Stylista Thuthela

    I have the same problem, I’ve been using the extra black jamaican castor oil for 2 months. There’s a slight improvement!

  11. Angie Diggs
    Angie Diggs

    If you click on the link and watch the actual video, you’ll see that she is a really pretty girl. This picture doesn’t do her any justice. The nerve of some people to be so mean and say she looks like Chris Rock when she looks NOTHING like him!! This lady has a beautiful smooth complexion and nice, straight, white teeth!!!

  12. Prú Sashà
    Prú Sashà

    Please do you know any affordable but good moisturizer I could use on my hair? I normally use water & Giovanni leave in conditioner and seal it with olive/ Castor oil. But my hair keeps growing Fuller due to that my Giovanni leave in conditioner finish quickly and it kinda not cheap So am looking for a moisturizer that comes in a big bottle

    1. Aries Ram

      CANTU Shea Butter Leave In Condition is about $6 for 16 oz…sold o n Amazon,, or Walgreens. I hope this helps 🙂

  13. Caressa Brown

    I’ve suffered from hair loss since a bad relaxer at the age of 19. I’ve been to cosmetologist after cosmetologist with no success. One suggested Rogaine & the other suggested a special shampoo that I use every three days. Ummm, as a black woman, washing my hair every 3 days wasn’t an option. Last year, my coworker who suffers from Alopecia told me about a product she used called Dominican Magic hair drops. When I first started using it I was completely bald in the back of my hair. Within a month, my hair started growing back, which hasn’t happened since I was 19 & I’m 35! I swear by this product! My son accidentally knocked over my bottle of it & I got so nervous I immediately went on Amazon & ordered 3 bottles so I would never run out again.
    Anywho, sorry for the long post, but I have extremely coarse & hard to grow hair & this is the only thing that has EVER worked for me for healthy hair growth. My hair has gotten so long & healthy in such a short time.

  14. Azure Nefertari
    Azure Nefertari

    Yeah mine is growing in very nicely I don’t really put any tension on it though so maybe that’s why.. seems to grow fast too, it was the part that I cut the shortest, yet it has caught up w all the rest of my hair.

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