Have you recently undergone the Big Chop? Are you in the middle of growing out your hair after years of relaxers and thermal procedures? Have you already gone natural but you want to increase the length of your curls? If any of these apply to you, this is the post you have been looking for. Growing out your curls is one of the most popular issues and concerns for most curly girls. Fortunately, there are tried and true ways to grow out your curls in a healthy way giving you the results you’ve only dreamed about. Check out these simple tips and get ready to show off your gorgeous spirals, ringlets, waves and curls.
1. Invest in Quality Products
Great hair cannot happen when you’re using alcohol-laden hair care products. Curly hair needs tons of moisture which means you will want to use shampoos, conditioners, styling products and treatments infused with hydrating ingredients. Sulfate-free shampoos and moisturizing shampoos are a must-have as they cleanses hair without stripping its natural oils. Stay away from shampoo/conditioner hybrids as these products tend to be very drying and their formulas are primarily shampoo based with very little conditioning agents leaving hair stiff, brittle and damaged. When searching for good conditioners opt for products with natural ingredients such as; olive oil, mango oil, shea butter, keratin proteins and vitamins A,C and E. Styling aids are another area where curly girls need to invest in quality products. Stick to lightweight gels, pomades and creams that infuse hair with moisture while adding shine and definition.
2. Limit Your Trims to Once or Twice a Year
The age old myth of trimming your hair every six weeks is just that, a myth. In reality, routine trims like the ones spouted by countless stylists and hair experts is for those with damaged hair from such processes as relaxers, perms, coloring and thermal procedures. If you have natural, unprocessed curls, your hair will not need to be trimmed every six weeks. Matter of fact, you can get away with once or twice a year trims depending on the health, condition and desired length you seek. Trimming your healthy hair every six weeks will certainly limit your growth as you are constantly trimming away the length leaving you in a never-ending cycle. For those of you in the process of growing out your curls after transitioning from relaxed hair to curly hair, you may find that frequent trimmings in the beginning of your journey are needed to remove the damaged ends that are currently growing out. Just remember that once you have finished growing out the last of the relaxed hair. your need for routine trims will diminish.
3. Purchase Hair Supplements
No matter how you slice it, we often do not get enough nutrients and vitamins from the food that we eat on a daily basis which means our bodies are oftentimes deficient in several vitamins, amino acids and other nutritional necessities needed to grow strong healthy hair. In order to offset this situation, it is highly recommended that you take hair supplements on a daily basis to help fuel your hair growth in a natural and healthy way. A few of the best hair supplements on the market are:
- Biotin – This water soluble supplement is water soluble and is a B-Vitamin which can be found in foods such as; nuts, carrots, eggs, fish, poultry and mushrooms. This hair-strengthening and lengthening supplement creates strong, healthy hair after a month and is known to greatly enhance your natural hair growth cycle. There are countless versions on the market. It’s always advised to start off with a lower dosage and then work your way to a higher dosage if needed.
- Pre-Natal Vitamins – You don’t have to be pregnant or planning a pregnancy to reap the benefits of these amazing supplements. Packed with antioxidants such as; Vitamins C and E, Calcium, Zinc, Folic Acid, Biotin and Iron are in abundance within pre-natal vitamins as these are a few of the most important nutrients that a mother-to-be needs to consume before and during pregnancy. One of the benefits of using a pre-natal vitamin is healthy, shiny hair.
4. Heat-Free Hair
Even though you may love seeing your curls blown out straight and smoothed down with a flat iron, you will want to limit the amount of heat you apply to your hair as frequent heat can weaken and damage the hair causing it to break off. Many times, we are using too much heat at temperatures that are literally frying and cooking our delicate strands. If you want to change up your look, there are several heat-free methods as well as lower heat options including roller sets and air-drying that will give you the straightened tresses you desire without all of the heat damage. Another reason to limit the heat is the damage that is done to your scalp. Many times the flat iron or blow-dryer comes in contact with our delicate scalps leaving welts, burns and scabs which are major components to losing one’s hair as well as extreme breakage.
These are just a few tips on growing your hair. There are countless others but we wanted to give you some basic steps to get you moving in the right the direction. Remember to take great care of your hair. It belongs to you and deserves to be at its best. With some much needed TLC and proper nutrition, you can definitely see the results you desire! Good Luck!