The majority of curly haired women you meet are most likely in the process of growing out their hair. However, many of us with curly hair aren't sure how to achieve our desired length. There are a few things that you have to do in order to achieve your healthy, long curl goals.
1. Eat Healthy: Healthy curls start from the inside out. In order to give your curls the best start, eat clean and avoid sugary, processed foods. A diet rich in greens, lean proteins and healthy fats will help promote healthy curl growth.
2. Get Exercise: It will do you no good to eat healthy if you don't get plenty of exercise as well. Exercise gets your blood pumping, which will move the nutrients from your healthy diet around your body to where it's needed most, like your scalp. Many curly girls find when they're eating well and exercising, their curls grow quickly and are very healthy.
3. Hydrate, Hydrate: Hydrate, and then hydrate some more! Drinking plenty of water will moisturize your curls from the inside out. Start by adding more water into your daily routine and within a month you'll notice a difference in your hair and skin. Your curls will be moisturized, making it less likely for breakage to occur.
4. Minimize Heat: While you're in the process of growing out your curls, avoid using heat to style. Minimizing the amount of manipulation or styling you do to your curls will help them stay healthier and grow faster. When you must style your curls, go for styles that will protect your curls but will be loose enough to allow them to breathe.
5. Take Care: Make sure you take good care of your scalp, to ensure its health. A healthy scalp will produce the right amount of sebum to ensure proper growth. Additionally, develop a curl care regime. This is your game plan for healthy curls, so you'll want to have everything down pat. Know when you'll go for a trim, when you'll deep condition and when you'll cleanse your curls. As frustrating as it can be, this is the time to avoid using relaxers, color or reaching for that straightener. Leaving your curls alone will help avoid damage, breakage and frizz, all of which can derail your plans.
Lastly, go easy on yourself! It can be discouraging if you feel like your curls aren't making the progress you'd like, but give them time and you'll achieve the curl length of your dreams. Are you in the process of growing out your curls? Tell us how you're doing, and read more about growing out your curls here.