Why Your Curls Aren’t Growing
Many curly girls struggle to achieve and retain length. In fact, they get frustrated when it feels as though their hair isn’t growing as fast as they want it to. This often leads to the myth that curly hair doesn’t grow as fast as straight hair. This simply isn’t true, as all hair grows at a rate of 1/2 inch per month. This equates to about 6 inches of growth per year.
However, there are some things you might be doing that could be slowing your curl growth down. When taking care of your curls, there are a few pitfalls you can avoid to help manage your length and keep your curls going strong.
Overuse of heat can cause your curls to break. When you do have to use heat, try to air or towel dry your curls to at least 60% dry before picking up the blow dryer. A diffuser can help protect curls, as can a heat shield spray.
Curly hair is often tangly hair. However, this doesn’t mean you should be yarding on your strands with a brush. That’s a recipe for breakage and frizz, which will keep curls from growing. Use your fingers or a wide toothed comb to gently work through snarls and protect strands.
Curls are delicate, which means harsh chemical treatments aren’t your friend. Avoid using things like relaxers, perms, and harsh color treatments on delicate curls.
The more you touch curls, the more prone to frizz and damage they become. Some curly girls fight this by wearing their strands in protective styles. When done appropriately, a protective style can help curls stay moisturized and minimize breakage. However, if curls are overstyled or pulled too tightly, they can easily become damaged.
Once a hair splits, there isn’t much to do apart from trimming it. The longer a split goes unattended, the worse it becomes for your hair, and your curls won’t grow long. Trim curls regularly to keep them healthy.
Curls can suffer from too much and too little protein, which means its important to keep a correct balance. If you notice curls are becoming brittle, they might need a little more protein. Curls that become excessively dry and difficult to manage could be suffering from too much protein.