7 Tips for Growing Long, Healthy Curly Hair from NaturallyCurly.com

by Viviscal Hair Expert on March 28th, 2017
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Naturally curly hair CAN grow long and healthy. All it takes is patience and some TLC. The following seven tips for naturally curly hair growth came from blogger Diane Mary. Read the complete article at NaturallyCurly.com.

There is no miracle for longer hair. Hair grows at an average rate of 1/2-inch per month. With curly hair, this can seem even slower. But if you follow some golden rules to maintain your curls, you can see longer, healthier hair and minimal breakage. “If you want longer hair, you are going to learn patience–and probably experience frustration–like never before,” writes Diane. “Even if you like the length you are at now, perhaps you want your curls to be as healthy as they can be! Here are some things I do now to ensure my hair grows as healthy and long as possible.”

Take Hair Vitamins

Diane has tried several brands of hair growth supplements over the years but she says her absolute favorite is Viviscal. Viviscal Extra Strength contains biotin, zinc, niacin (B3) and the exclusive marine complex called AminoMar. “I have been taking them religiously since fall 2014 now,” Diane says. “They help hair grow in thicker and healthier, but not necessarily faster. While it isn’t a replacement, hair vitamins can be a good addition to a healthy diet. Do talk to your doctor before adding a supplement in to your routine.” Great advice!

I am forever trying to grow my hair super long.

Minimize Heat

All heat, including diffusing, is damaging. Take a break from your blow-dryer or flat iron to help protect hair from damage and reduce breakage. If you must diffuse or heat-style, always use a heat protectant spray first. When it comes to straightening, if you are growing out damaged hair and really want your curls to be as healthy as possible, stay away from your flat iron altogether.

Wash Less Often

Washing curly hair too frequently dries hair out. At most, wash curly hair two or three times a week. This allows the natural oils from the scalp to work their way through hair. If you must wash more often, use a hydrating shampoo or co-wash. Diane recommends a combo of dry shampoo and a refresher spray on non-wash days.

Get Regular Trims

It may seem counter-productive to trim often if you want to grow your hair long. But the benefit of regular trims is that you can stop split ends in their tracks. After all, a minor trim every 8-10 weeks will save you having to cut off an inch or more of extreme breakage down the road. Diane recommends steering clear of razor trims at the salon. Instead, go to a stylist who knows how to deva cut your hair.

Detangle Your Curls

A wide-tooth comb or your fingers are the best detangling tools. When you’re detangling, start from the bottom of the hair and work your way up the length. If you run the comb through from scalp to the ends, it will cause the comb to get stuck in the hair. It might take some extra time to detangle your curly hair more carefully, but it is worth it to help get long, healthy hair.

Protect Your Hair at Night

Sleep on satin or silk pillowcases because they cause less frizz and breakage than cotton pillowcases. Diane also recommends wrapping your hair in a “pineapple.” The combo helps prevent hair from tangling during the night, which can cause breakage. If hair is feeling particularly dry, use a small amount of moisturizing cream or use a moisturizing spray before bed.

Eat Clean

Your hair is made up of what you put in your body. By now, you know that healthy, strong hair starts from the inside out. So the better you eat, the better your hair will be. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins including marine protein.

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