How To Retain Length With Curls
If you've grown your curls out, or are in the process of, retaining length is important! Once you have it, you don't want to lose it. However, learning how to take care of your curls to keep that length is important. Here are the best tips and tricks to help you grow out your natural curls.
Keep your curls healthy:
The simple truth is that curls can't grow unless they're healthy. This means starting with basics like regularly cleansing your scalp and strands, deep conditioning, and hydrating. Additionally, you need to take care of yourself by eating well, exercising, and drinking plenty of water.
Avoid the chemicals:
If you aren't already, it's time to give up your chemical treatments.Relaxers and straighteners can wreak havoc on your curls, causing them to break. Some curlies also struggle with using color or lighteners, so make sure you consult with your colorist before beginning any treatments or dying your curls.
So many curlies still rub their hair dry with a towel. Regular terry cloth will create friction, which tears at your delicate strands. Skip the rub down and instead gently squeeze excess water from your strands.
Go easy on heat:
It can be really tempting to fire up the hair dryer on a cold autumn day to avoid going out with wet hair. Instead of using the hair dryer regularly, try to allow yourself the time in your curl care routine for air drying. Curls dried naturally tend to retain moisture and will be less damaged by heat.
Protect your curls:
Before you head out into a cold winter's day or even go to bed, consider protecting your curls. Curls can experience a lot of abuse from the elements and by rubbing against coarse fabrics. The constant friction against your scarf, jacket, and your cotton pillowcases can really take a toll. Instead, tuck curls into a satin lined cap before going outside or hitting the hay. If you don't want to rock the satin bonnet look, you can also opt for a luxurious satin or silk pillowcase.