We often hear from curly girls who are frustrated because it feels like their curls won't grow. In truth, curls grow at the same rate as other hair strands, about 1/2 inch per month. This means that you'll only see about 6 inches of growth per year. Unfortunately, for curly girls it can take about twice as long to see length because of the coiled shape of their strands.
However, there are some things you can do to help your curls grow and stay healthy. This is the secret to long curls. Give it a try and see if it works for you.
The Secret To Long Curls
Healthy curls get their start from the inside out. In order for curls to stay strong and well lubricated, you need to be well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help strands grow long.
Cleanse your scalp:
If your scalp is covered with dead skin cells and product build up, it makes it difficult for fresh cells to regenerate. As a result, curl growth might be restricted. Make sure you're detoxing your scalp regularly to remove excess build up and allow for healthy strands to grow in.
Your curls are going to be naturally dry, due to the coiled shape. This makes it difficult for oils to make the way down the strands, which would provide natural lubrication. As a result, you'll need to help moisturize your strands. This can be accomplished by moisturizing strands with a hydrating spray or even plain water.
Your curls deserve some extra TLC. This can be achieved by using satin or silk in your curl care. Satin pillowcases and scarves will protect curls while you sleep. This helps retain moisture and keep curls from pulling.
When taking care of your strands, it's important to consider the ingredients in your products. Natural ingredients are best, whereas things like sulfates, parabens, alcohol, and fragrances are very drying to strands. This means your curls will constantly be combating for moisture.