One of the difficulties many curly girls encounter during their journey is that of growing out their hair long. Curls grow at the same rate as all other hair, providing your strands are healthy, which is about 1/2 inch a month. However, since curls are coiled, this can make it seems as though it takes much longer to achieve length. Unfortunately, though, there are other reasons why your curls might not be growing very long. Damage, unhealthy diets, and hormonal imbalances can all lead to sluggish curl growth. However, we've got you covered! This is how to use oil for longer curls. Give this old, tried-and-true technique a go, and let us know what you think.
How To Use Oil For Longer Curls
What to do:
Start with selecting the right oil for your curl type. Remember, if you happen to wave finer, more wavy curls,oils can actually be quite heavy and drag your strands down. In those circumstances, you should opt for a lighter oil. Those with thicker, kinkier coils can use a heavier oil.
If you've never oiled your curls beforehand, start by applying the oil throughout your curls overnight, and then cover your hair with a plastic shower cap. This will help coat your strands, and protect it from becoming over saturated with water. This is known as hygral fatigue.
Once you've selected your oil, start by shampooing your hair. Completely saturate your strands, and use your fingertips to massage the shampoo into your scalp. You want to make sure you're breaking up any dandruff or build up for a clean scalp and strands. Choose a shampoo that's pH balanced, as well as sulfate free and highly moisturizing. If your scalp is particularly dry or itchy, you can then follow up your shampooing with a cup of apple cider vinegar, and rinse it throughout your strands. This will help soothe the itch, kill any bacteria or fungus on your scalp, and seal down your cuticles. Allow it to sit for a few moments, and then rinse out with cool water.
After shampooing and rinsing, you can move on to the conditioning treatment. A lot of curly girls opt to use a deep conditioning treatment. This will help moisturize your delicate strands, as well as gives you great slip for detangling.
Once you've rinsed out the conditioner with cool water, divide your curls into 4-6 even sections, depending on your hair's density and how long it is. Take a small amount of oil, and pour it into your palm. Start by massaging the oil into your scalp, using your finger tips, and then working it along the rest of your length. You can bend forward if it makes it easier for you.
After you've applied the oil, you can add in a leave-in conditioner for extra hydration. Braid, twist, or knot your strands into a protective style. Throughout the week, apply oil as needed to your ends or edges to keep your strands hydrated. Then, when you're ready for your next wash day, your strands won't need nearly as much care, and will be much less likely to break .