Many curly girls wish they had longer curls. Since curls are spiraled, it can feel like it takes forever for them to grow out. However, there are some all natural ingredients you can add to your shampoo to help your curls grow more quickly. Don't be afraid to mix and match ingredients to create a customize concoction specifically for your curls! Check them out and let us know if you've tried any and if they work for you.
Aloe vera is beloved by curlies everywhere for its moisturizing and healing properties. To get the benefits of aloe, add 2-3 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera juice or gel into your shampoo. Shake well to completely mix it up and then shampoo as usual. Aloe vera will help purify your strands, promote healthy growth, and cleanse your curls.
If you're struggling with dandruff or other fungal issues, consider adding honey into your shampoo. It has antibacterial and anti fungal properties, so mixing it in will help soothe irritated scalps, calm frizzy, damaged curls, and help your curls grow faster. A plus is that it smells great and will make your curls silky soft.
Castor oil is well known for promoting healthy curl growth. Add a few tablespoons to your favorite curly shampoo and massage into your scalp to see the benefits. It also will help manage splits and damaged curls, so you'll see less curl loss due to breakage, which means your curls will grow faster.
Unless you're looking to lighten your curls, don't use lemon. However, if you don't mind adding a little bit of natural highlights to your strands, add some freshly squeezed juice of two lemons to your shampoo. Not only will it give your curls a sun streaked look, the lemons will help curls grow faster by managing bacterial issues.