Once you've achieved length in your natural curls, you'll probably do anything to keep it. Growing curls can be a long and arduous process. As a result, many curly girls are reluctant to cut any of their precious, hard won hair. However, sometimes a trim is necessary to keep hair from becoming damaged. Additionally, there are things you can do to help keep curls long. here's what to do to retain your long curls.
What To Do To Retain Your Long Curls
Detangle with care:
When curls grow longer, they become more prone to snarls and tangles. Instead of ripping through curls, take your time to work through individual knots. Do this with finger tips or a wide toothed comb. Make sure to use conditioner or oil to create slip and help the knots fall out without breaking delicate strands.
Keep curls moisturized:
Curls are naturally dry and therefore need assistance to stay moisturized. As a result, you'll need to do some things to help them out. Begin by drinking plenty of water every day to keep curls hydrated from the inside out. This will also help flush away any toxins that could inhibit growth. Use water based curl care products, apply regular deep conditioning treatments, and don't scrimp on the leave in conditioner. Additionally, many curly girls find spritzing their strands with water can help keep them from losing too much moisture.
Go low manipulative:
There are a lot of protective styles out there that can help curls retain moisture. However, if you're interested in maintaining length, you also will need to keep those styles low in manipulation. The more often you put your hands into your curls, the more likely it is that breakage could occur. Additionally, pulling curls tight can also cause breakage. If you're trying to maintain length, opt for low manipulative styles like braids, buns, or bantu knots.
What do you do to retain curl length? Let us know!