Growing your natural hair long is often a daunting process. When your hair is thick and curly, you might find yourself running across unique problems. These can all be solved with careful planning and breakage prevention.
Get a trim every six weeks or eight weeks to remove split ends and keep healthy hair from breaking. Your hair stylist will know exactly how much to cut off. Drinking plenty of water and taking vitamins is as good for your hair as it is for your body. After all, hair will have more energy and strength to grow if it has all the right resources.
Since your hair is naturally dry, you only need to wash your hair once or twice a week depending on your own skin type and oil levels. You also don’t need the heavy chemicals found in most shampoos. The build-up left behind will weigh down your follicles and prevent growth.
Look for clarifying shampoos instead. These are available wherever hair care products are sold. If your hair tangles easily, look for a matching clarifying conditioner to use every time you wash your hair. This is also a good time to find a leave-in conditioner with the right amount of moisturizing.
The goal of conditioner is to keep your hair tangle-free to encourage each individual hair to grow longer instead of snapping off.
Other anti-tangle measures you can take include braiding your hair at night, using a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush, and avoiding heat-based styling methods that use heat such as blow-dryers. Try not to dye or perm your hair until you begin to reach your desired length for the same reasons.
You may want to consider sleeping in a hair net or cap made from silk and other soft materials. If your hair is long enough to wear up, never wear rubber bands. Choose loose scrunchies and ties made specifically for hair instead.
Since hair grows up to half an inch per month, don’t let yourself get discouraged. Remember that your healthy, long hair will be worth the wait!