Growing curls can be quite a task. While curls grow at the same rate as all other hair types, it can seem as though it takes much longer. Strands grow at a rate of 1/2 inch per month, which means about 6 inches per year. As curls are tightly coiled, it can seem as though it takes a long time for strands to grow. However, there are other things you can do to help your strands along. Keeping curls healthy will encourage growth. This is what you need to know about growing long, natural curls. Give these tips a try and let us know what you think.
Growing Long, Natural Curls
Manipulating curls into hair styles, or touching strands will disrupt the natural pattern of your hair. As a result, curls will become frizzy, dry, and difficult to manage. Unfortunately, dry strands often become broken strands. When curls begin breaking, it will make it difficult for them to grow long. When you do touch your hair, make sure to treat curls gently. Use combs or fingers to detangle knots, and take your time. Rushing the process will only lead to tears.
Heat is convenient, but it can cause a lot of issues for curls. When heat is unavoidable, make sure to protect strands to avoid breakage.
Curls need a lot of hydration in order to stay healthy. Naturally curly hair thrives on moisture, so make sure to give your strands lot of it. After you've moisturized your curls, make sure to use an oil to seal the moisture in.
In addition to moisture, curls need a healthy balance of protein to help maintain the structural integrity of the strands. Make sure you're regularly incorporating a protein treatment into your curl care routine. The protein will help strengthen strands and make it less likely that they'll break.