If you have natural curls, you know how much of a struggle it can be to see increased length. Getting the long curls of your dreams can seem impossible but we assure you it’s not! It can take some work and dedication but you can get the length you desire. Here are some tips on how to take your curls to the length you want:
Protective styling: If you’re experiencing a lot of shedding and breakage, you could consider utilizing some gentle protective styling. Try to avoid overly complicated or tight styles, as those can pull at your scalp and cause long term breakage, which won’t help curls grow. However, protective styles can help keep the ends of your hair away from your clothing, where it can rub and break off. Great styles to consider are looser braids, buns, ponytails and twists. Make sure to use cloth wrapped hair ties to keep curls from breaking.
Moisturize ends: If you haven’t been, focus some of your attention on your ends. The ends of curls tend to lose moisture more quickly which can lead to breakage. Making sure you pay extra attention to your ends by sealing then with butter or oil can help.
Be gentle: Healthy curls begin from within, so be gentle with your body. Make sure you’re hydrating, eating right, getting enough exercise and sleep. When you take care of your curls, be sure to detangle gently, starting from the roots and working your way back up towards your scalp, never yanking or tearing at tangles. Pulling roughly at your curls can cause significant damage which can inhibit your curl’s growth. Ensure that you’re using deep conditioners and moisturizing products designed for curls regularly.
Avoid heat: This can be tempting, especially in the colder months when you want to hasten the drying process. Whenever possible, try to minimize the amount of heat you apply to your curls. High heat applied over a long period of time can significantly dry out curls, which undoes all the good work you’ve done to keep them moisturized.
Remember, your curls are only going to grow about half an inch per month, so it can take some time to see significant length change, especially if you have kinky coils! Be patient, take care of your curls and before you know it you’ll see longer hair.