In this article I’ve listed out tips on how to grow short curly hair. I’ve also given info on how to make curly hair grow faster and thicker. Check it out!
A lot of people with curly hair find it hard to grow their hair out due to various reasons. As the hair grows longer, it begins to curl, automatically cutting a couple of inches of the length, which is a problem straight haired people will not face.
So, if you are one of those people who just cannot seem to grow out your curly locs, do not let that bother you, because there are plenty of ways how you could actually do it.
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Well, while it may not be super easy, it is definitely possible for curly hair to grow long, strong and healthy.
Let’s just say – patience is the key in this long-drawn-out process, which could take anywhere between a few months or more, depending on how long you wish to grow it out, in addition to a whole load of maintenance.
So, if you are up for the curly long locs challenge, then it is time to get started!
Check out all the details you need to know below in this article.
How to Grow Short Curly Hair
1. Take a step back from the use of heat
Using heat on your hair can inhibit its healthy growth to a large extent. Well, what does heat have to do with hair growth you may ask?
Using heat on your hair by straightening it, curling it or even using a blow dryer on a regular basis can make your hair become extremely dry, as it will draw out all the moisture from your hair.
Since the hair’s natural oils do not evenly get distributed from the scalp to the lower ends of the hair because of its curly texture, the lower portion of the hair tends to become dry and result in damaged hair and split ends.
Therefore, you will have to chop off the damaged parts, which means you will lose a few inches of your hair, thereby inhibiting the growth process.
2. Trim your hair, but refrain from getting haircuts too often
Well, it is a known fact that hair requires trimming from time to time. But if you are someone who loves trying out different hairstyles but also want your curly locks to grow long, you for sure cannot cut the cake and eat it too.
So, you will have to refrain from cutting your hair for a while, until your hair grows to your desired length, meanwhile simply trimming the ends to get rid of the damaged portion.
Another reason why hair trims are essential, (but not haircuts, for when you want to grow out your hair), is because the hair ends tend to become dry and develop split ends.
If the split ends aren’t trimmed, they will make their way up to the rest of the strand and further damage it, leading to hair breakage and frizziness.
3. Make sure to oil your hair on a regular basis
Hair oiling is a natural remedy that has proven to help accelerate healthy hair growth, as hair oils contain nutrients that help nourish the hair and stimulate hair growth from within.
Also, when the hair is oiled, it helps keep the hair moisturized and acts as a natural hair conditioner.
When the hair is well-moisturized, there will be lesser hair damage, which means your hair will be healthy and will require less frequent hair trims, saving you the length chops.
It is important to note that hair oil will not rev up your hair growth pace, because the hair growth pace varies from person to person and has nothing to do with any oil that you use.
But by oiling your hair, it will get the required nutrients for the hair to grow healthy.
4. Scalp exfoliation is very essential
If you are wondering what scalp exfoliation has to do with hair growth, it basically helps stimulate and revive the dormant hair follicles in the scalp towards hair growth because exfoliation helps promote blood circulation in the scalp.
When the scalp is exfoliated, it can also help unclog the pores by getting rid of scalp buildup.
This helps the hair care products penetrate into the hair follicles easily and can nourish the hair better and promote healthy hair growth.
So, when the hair comes out healthy, there are lesser chances of hair damage and hair breakage, which can otherwise inhibit your hair growth process.
5. Try out different ways to reduce friction between the hair strands while you sleep
Make sure to have a good curl care night routine because curly hair requires a good amount of maintenance in order to stay healthy and damage free.
When we sleep on curly hair, as our head moves around involuntarily in our sleep, there can be friction that occurs between our hair strands, damaging them.
This friction can lead to hair breakage, hair frizziness and split ends, which will require to be chopped off eventually, thereby delaying your hair from growing long sooner.
Therefore, make sure to utilize the various methods of curly hair sleep care, when you sleep. Here are some of the best ones for you to use:
· Wrap your hair in a satin or silk scarf or a bonnet while you sleep.
· Use nighttime protective hairstyles like hair twists, braids, a messy bun or the pineapple hairstyle.
· If your hair is wet before you sleep, make sure to plop it with a t-shirt.
· Switch to using a satin or silk material for your pillowcase, to avoid friction between the hair strands.
6. Avoid bleaching and dyeing your hair
Bleach and hair dyes use very harsh chemicals in order to permanently alter the internal bonds of the hair, to change its color.
These harsh chemicals can be extremely damaging to the hair as it can damage the internal keratin bonds of the hair strands and also strip away all the moisture from the hair.
Bleaching and dyeing of the hair can lead to extensive hair damage like dry hair, hair breakage, frizziness and split ends.
Any sort of hair damage will automatically slow down the process of growing out your curly hair.
7. Do not wash your hair too often
Washing your hair too often is a big no-no because shampoos are cleansing agents and will strip your hair off all its moisture and natural oils. Thus, over time your hair will become dry, damaged and frizzy.
When your hair gets damaged, it will require you to cut off the damaged portions of the hair, thus inhibiting your curly hair from growing longer.
Always remember that, the tighter your curls are, the lesser you need to wash them. So, washing your hair two to three times a week is sufficient. If you wish to go longer between hair washes, you can use a dry shampoo.
You could also try using the method of co-washing (conditioner washing) in between two washes. This will help reduce your hair damage to a large extent and can also help keep your hair well-moisturized.
8. Deep conditioning is essential
Deep conditioning your hair with a good conditioner or a leave-in conditioner or hair mask can help nourish the hair and strengthen it.
It will help keep your hair moisturized and will help retain moisture in the hair for a longer time, thus keeping the hair strong and healthy.
When the hair is healthy, the chances of hair damage is lesser and this can ensure a smooth hair growth process, letting your hair grow longer without any inhibitions.
9. Have a balanced diet
The food you consume also plays an important role in your hair growth process.
Just how external hair care products can help promote better hair health, the food you consume will help promote hair growth from within by supplying the hair with the nutrients it requires.
Having a balanced diet is very important. One of the reasons your curly hair growth can slow down is because your food intake isn’t right and isn’t supplying the nutrients your hair requires to grow and thereby will slow down your hair growth pace.
So, for those who are going on a diet, you will have to make sure that you take in the necessary nutrients through multi-vitamin and food supplements to compensate for the lost nourishment.
10. Prevent hair damage using protective hairstyles
For those with curly hair, one of the best ways to prevent hair damage and ensure that your hair grows long without any obstacles, is by using protective hairstyles on your hair.
Protective hairstyles are those which can help tuck in your natural hair and prevent it from any external manipulation. Thus, it can ensure a smooth hair growth process.
There are many types of protective hairstyles like box braids, buns, hair twists, cornrows, faux locs, wigs etc.
Using protective hairstyles can help keep your natural curls protected and will also speed up the process of your curly hair growing longer as it will help increase the time between your haircuts.
These protective hairstyles can help keep your natural curls away from damage like breakage, frizz, loss of moisture and heat damage.
The final takeaway
So, to all of you with short curly locs, you can soon be on your way to super long curly hair over time if you make up your mind and make sure to follow a good hair care routine diligently.
I’m sure that after reading this article, you would have observed that it all boils down to keeping your hair healthy, thereby reducing the requirement of haircuts, thereby letting your hair grow out.
Just remember that it is a long-drawn-out process and will take its own time.
So be patient and trust that the process will work out for you and it will, when coupled with the right hair care methods.