Contrary to seemingly popular opinion, we really can grow black (Nigerian) hair to impressive, beyond shoulder-length (whether or not your mother and every female in your family has long, gorgeous hair).

Just like everything good, long and healthy hair is mostly a function of care and maintenance. Simply put, if you treat your hair right, it will in turn be good to you.

So what exactly does good hair care entail? Lots of conditioning, and a good deal of protecting. To get you started on the right track, here are 4 healthy hair habits you should adopt now to begin to enjoy healthier, fuller hair