Curly hair necessitates a different approach than straight or wavy hair. Curly hair is more prone to premature breakage because it’s a little more finicky, making it difficult to grow it out to longer lengths. Curly hair, on the other hand, can grow long with the right care. Continue reading to learn how.
How to Grow Curly Hair
Reduce the number of times you wash your clothes. Do not wash your hair on a daily basis. Daily washing removes hair’s natural oils, and since curly hair is prone to dryness, it can result in drier hair that is more likely to break. Wash every other day or a few days a week instead.
- The tighter your curls are, the less often you’ll need to wash your hair. You can use a dry shampoo in between washes if you do need to wash your hair more regularly.
- Wash, rinse, and repeat may work for people with straighter hair, but it won’t work for curly hair. Only wash your hair once, but make sure it’s a careful wash to remove all dirt and odours.
- You can wash your hair with conditioner in between washes if necessary (this is known as “co-washing”). You won’t be damaging your hair with sulphates, which are commonly found in shampoos. 1st Keep in mind that although co-washing helps to preserve moisture, it only cleanses the hair lightly.
Hair should be washed and conditioned in sections
Curly hair can be thick and unruly, making it impossible to reach all of your hair’s different parts. If your hair is especially thick or curly, divide it into four to eight sections and wash and condition each section separately.
- The size of each section will be determined by the density of your hair; the denser your hair is, the smaller each section should be.
- Use a shampoo designed specifically for curly hair; it will be more moisturising and will remove less of your hair’s natural oil.
During each wash, use a rich, deep conditioner
If your ends are especially dry, conditioning them between washes may be beneficial.
- It’s also a good idea to use extra moisturizing/protective products after or in between shampoos. There are a variety of oils and serums that can help “seal” your hair cuticle and protect it from damage.
- Starting at the bottom of your hair, apply the conditioner. Unless your hair is visibly dry near your scalp, you won’t need to apply conditioner more than halfway up the length of your hair.
Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb.
Try not to comb or brush your hair with a fine-toothed comb or brush; it will only cause discomfort, harm, and breakage. Instead, detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb (like a pick) before styling.
- You can also detangle your hair by running your fingers through it and then using a wide-toothed comb to finish.
- Brushing your hair should be avoided in general, but especially when it’s wet and thus more vulnerable to harm.
Remove moisture by pressing, not rubbing
When drying your hair with a towel, don’t rub the towel against your head; instead, gently squeeze your hair. The friction caused by rubbing a towel against your hair can damage it and make it easier to break.
- To dry your hair, try using a cotton t-shirt or a microfiber cloth instead of a towel. Both are softer and less abrasive than towels, so they can be used on hair more gently.
Heat styling should be avoided
Blow drying, curling, and straightening are all examples of this. Excessive heat alters the protein structure of hair, making it more limp and brittle over time (and thus more prone to breakage).
- If you want to use heat, make sure to use a heat protectant product first to reduce the risk of heat damage.
- Although it is preferable to avoid using the blow dryer, it is not always possible. If you would blow dry your hair, do so with a diffuser and a low setting on the dryer. Before drying, you may want to use a curl-styling cream.
Wearing your hair in a bun or ponytail every day isn’t a good idea
An occasional bun or ponytail won’t harm your hair irreversibly, but a tight pulled-back style worn too often can cause damage (ie, breakage).
- If you often wear your hair in a bun or ponytail, make sure it’s a loose bun or ponytail.
- If you do decide to wear your hair back, use non-tangle hair ties. Stay away from ties with metal pieces and especially raw rubber bands.
Protein or oil therapies can be used
Protein and oil therapies are more intensively moisturizing and repairing, preventing breakage, and maintaining hair health. The majority of people will benefit from using them on a weekly to monthly basis.
- If you use a commercial protein treatment, it’s usually best to follow up with a conditioning treatment, or your hair will become stiff and prone to breakage.
- For those whose hair doesn’t react well to commercial protein treatments, natural protein treatments such as egg or mayonnaise may work.
- There are two kinds of hair oils: sealing and moisturising. Sealing oils, such as jojoba or almond oil, should be applied to wet hair to protect it and seal in moisture, while moisturising oils, such as castor and avocado oil, are heavier and should be used for deep conditioning on a regular basis. [nine] Warming a moisturising oil and gently massaging it into your scalp for 5 to 20 minutes will also help to moisturise your hair and promote hair growth.
At night, cover your hair
Before going to bed, cover your hair with a silk or satin bonnet, a bandana, or a scarf to keep it from frizzing. The additional protection would help to deter damage and breakage.
- Alternatively, just before bed, gently spritz your hair with water and then cover it with a shower cap to create a naturally warm, wet environment that will help keep your hair moisturised and protected.
- If a hair cap isn’t your thing, try sleeping on a silk or satin pillow instead, which will lessen friction against your hair.
Trim your hair on a regular basis
Though trimming your hair when you’re trying to grow it out may seem counterintuitive, untrimmed ends tend to accumulate damage, which leads to breakage, making it more difficult to grow your hair.
- Trimming dry, damaged, and split ends on a regular basis will increase the overall health of your hair, allowing it to grow in healthier and more resilient.
- Most people’s hair grows about 1/2 inch per month on average. If your strands are breaking more than 1/2 inch from the end, it may appear that your hair is unable to grow past its current length.
Allow yourself to unwind
When you’re stressed, your hair becomes more prone to breakage and starts to fall out in larger-than-normal amounts. So, if you want long, healthy hair, you’ll have to unwind a bit. If you are stressed, you can also practice yoga.
- Consider meditating, yoga, or tai chi. All of these are excellent ways to alleviate the types of stress that can cause hair loss and harm.
Take proper care of your whole body
Hair responds not only to the nutrients you apply to it but also to the nutrients that enter it. To keep your hair healthy, you must also take care of your body by eating well and exercising regularly.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet in general. Make sure you’re getting enough protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, as they’re all essential for hair health.
- Every day, drink plenty of water.
- Get some exercise on a daily basis. You don’t have to join a gym to improve your overall health, but 15-20 minutes of moderate exercise several times a week will help your hair grow.
How do you make curly hair grow faster?
Curly hair is not easy to style and manage. It often becomes unmanageable and difficult to handle.
There are many products on the market that claim they can help you grow your hair faster, but most of them have no scientific evidence to back up their claims. Some of these products might contain harmful chemicals or ingredients that can cause damage to your hair.
Some of the best ways to make curly hair grow faster include: washing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo, using a moisturizing conditioner, avoiding heat styling tools like blow dryers, curling irons or straighteners, and wearing hats that help to keep your curls away from your face.
How to grow curly afro hair
Growing curly afro hair is a difficult task. It requires a lot of work and patience. However, there is a way for you to grow your natural hair out and have it look like an afro.
The secret to growing curly afro hair is to keep it moisturized. This will help your hair stay healthy and prevent breakage, which often happens when you have dry or damaged hair.
Is it possible to grow curly hair?
Curly hair is obviously not a bad thing, but the curl started at the root when the length was still flat in my case. I’ve made it difficult for any images to exist that might capture this moment of my life, so you’ll have to rely on your imagination. No one’s idea of a fine hairstyle, I can assure you. My only saving grace was that it was the early 1990s, and big hair was in vogue, so I tried to make it look deliberate.
Some claim to have had a permanent perm, and others claim to have a completely different head of hair following chemotherapy. I’ve also learned that hair texture and volume can drastically alter in pregnant and menopausal women. The phenomenon has piqued my interest—what exactly happens when hair texture changes? Is the hair follicle’s form changing? Is it possible that hormones are to blame?
Do genes play a role in determining your hair shape?
While genes play a significant role in determining the shape of a hair follicle, several other factors may influence how hair grows. A protein called keratin, which is made up of amino acids, makes up a hair strand. The bonds between amino acids increase the likelihood of the hair bending, depending on how they bind. Since cysteines, a type of amino acid, are less likely to gather close enough to form tight bonds when a hair follicle is thick and round, the strand is more likely to be straight.
The cysteines are better able to bind together and draw the strands into ringlets if the follicle is flat and thinner. Consider the difference between wrapping a gift with round string and a flat ribbon. The flat ribbon can be formed into a curl more easily than the round loop, which is less malleable.
Hormones in Hairstyles
Many odd things can happen to the human body during periods of major hormonal changes, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. The texture of your skin may change, your ability to gain or lose weight can change, and hormonal changes can literally curl (or straighten) your hair!
Thyroid hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine are released by the thyroid gland. Certain hair texture and volume variations have been linked to thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism in clinical studies. People with hypothyroidism may note that their hair is dry and brittle due to a lack of hormones, while people with hyperthyroidism may notice that their hair is thinner, brittle, and oily.
Male sex hormones are known as androgens. Androgens are responsible for the formation and preservation of male traits, but during puberty, both boys and girls experience an increase in androgens. These hormones trigger increased body hair and, later, balding of males in both sexes. An increase in androgens in females may cause the hair follicle to change shape from round to flat, resulting in a change in texture from straight to curly.
Insulin is the body’s sugar regulator, but researchers discovered clear links between insulin resistance and androgenic alopecia, or extreme hair loss, in senior women with insulin resistance.
These chemicals have the potential to permanently affect the hair follicle, resulting in hair that is permanently altered.
So, do you think your hair would change shape?
Hormones, medications and vitamins, as well as chemical treatments, can alter the shape of the follicle, causing your hair to change many times during your life. If you’ve always had thick, straight hair with wide strands, you’re less likely to end up with ringlets, as long as you don’t get a heavy curl, take any psoriasis drugs, or undergo chemotherapy.
You can find yourself wearing a lot more hats than most people if your hair is lighter on your head, wavy, and more easily harmed. Furthermore, people whose hair is malleable enough to have changed texture before will easily change texture again as their hormones move as a result of natural life changes and ageing.
Does short or long curly hair look better?
When curly hair is allowed to grow longer, it almost always behaves better. Since longer hair weighs down the waves, fewer “pouffe” results. Curly hair, on the other hand, will look incredible short if you have the right cut. The key is to cut or shave in a lot of layers and thin out the hair so it doesn’t turn into a big fluff ball. You have the choice of going shorter. In reality, people with beautiful short, curly hair can provide a lot of inspiration.
How long does curly hair take to grow?
Hair generally grows from 0.25 inch to 1 inch in a month. There is no fixed time line on how long it takes to grow curly hair. Curly hair can be harder to determine the length due to shrinkage. The best way to measure growth rate is by keeping track month by month.
There are many factors that determines hair growth. It is important to condition your hair and protect them from breakage. Also seasons are big factor for hair growth. I feel my hair grow faster in summer months than in winter. Observing healthy eating habits such as consumption of organic food full of nutrients is also important to grow long hair.
Is curly hair attractive?
It depends, but curly-haired people are generally thought to be more attractive than straight-haired people, according to several studies supported by statistics. Several studies revealed that most people preferred curly or wavy-haired people over straight-haired people, particularly men.
What does curly hair symbolize?
Curly hair is associated with a warm-hearted, fun-loving personality. Curly-haired women are also more generous and tend to complete tasks more quickly than other women. Leadership, love, passion, insight, dynamism, aggression, intuition, reason, and expressiveness are all characteristics of the “fire personality.”
It was easy to cut your hair short. Is it possible to grow it out? That’s a little more complicated. Hair grows about half an inch a month on average, so growing out a pixie cut or short, layered hair can take up to a year. It’s even more so when you consider curly hair’s propensity to be more difficult to handle at short lengths than other hairstyles. But don’t be bothered! You will keep your curly hair in great shape as it grows longer with proper hair care and maintenance and the tips and tricks I mentioned above!