Are you trying to grow out your curls? So many of us are! Growing out curls can feel like such a long process, but you're not alone. While curls grow at the same rate as all other hair, it takes longer to see growth due to the coils. However, there are some things you can do to help the process along. This is the curly hair regimen to follow for long curls.
These are things you'll want to do daily to your curls. Of course, add or remove pieces of this daily process based upon your individual curls' needs and your time allotment for curl care.
Moisturize: use a leave in conditioner and seal your ends down with an oil.
Hydrate: Make sure you're getting your recommended amount of water per day to encourage cell regeneration and growth.
Multivitamin: Take a daily multivitamin to fill in any gaps left in your diet to help build healthy cells.
Protect: Before hitting the hay or heading out into the elements, protect curls with a silk or satin bonnet. This also can include placing curls into a low manipulation protective style, like buns or twists.
Wash: Prepoo with an oil to protect strands. Section, and wash with a cowash. Follow with a hydrating conditioner. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes or so before rinsing with cool water. While washing, make sure to massage your scalp with your fingertips to break up any debris or excess oil.
Detangle: Before styling, detangle your curls. Use a wide toothed comb and leave in conditioner to create slip. Remove one knot at a time without tearing or pulling.
Style: Wash and go, or arrange your curls into a style. Allow to full dry before touching and follow up with refreshing sprays as needed.
Hot oil: Divide curls into 6-8 sections, and warm up an oil of your choice. Many curlies opt for castor oil, as it helps rejuvenate curls. Apply to curls from scalp down, making sure to cover all strands. Massage into your scalp.
Deep condition: Make sure you're giving your curls that extra boost with a bi weekly deep conditioning treatment.
Steam: Some curly girls find their curls benefit from twice monthly steam treatments to soften their strands.