Curly hair is gorgeous but complicated to maintain. If you want to get the most out of your curls and make sure they’re as thick as possible, you’ll have to do quite a bit for them. So, whether you’re wondering how to make your curly hair grow faster and healthier, below we’ll list several tips to consider.
How fast does curly hair grow?
Curly hair grows as fast as any other type of hair – at about half an inch per month or six inches per year. However, because it’s curly, it can feel like it’s growing much slower. The tighter your curls are, the slower it will fee and the shorter your hair will appear. Don’t get discouraged, however – if you follow the advice below, it will still grow as fast and as gorgeous as possible.
How to grow curly hair really fast, healthy, and gorgeous – 16 tips
The key to figuring out how to grow curly hair super fast and nice is making sure it’s as healthy as possible. Curly hair requires more moisture and nutrition from straight hair and is more susceptible the damage. So, the short summary of everything we’ll list below is – take the best possible care of your hair in every way. But here are some specifics.
General care tips:
- Deep condition your hair – this is great for keeping the moisture in your hair.
- Don’t skip the occasional natural mask – these are easy to ignore but natural masks will give your hair the extra proteins and fatty acids it needs.
- Jojoba oil scalp massages go a long way – they encourage hair growth and keep your scalp both moist and clean.
- Moisturize the ends extra well – a bit of olive or coconut oil on the ends will have a drastic impact. Soft scalp massages with moisturizing oils before bed are also a great idea.
- Certain essential oils also promote faster growth when massaged into the scalp. Some good examples include thyme, rosemary, sage oils, lavender, and cedarwood.
- Consider Biotin supplements. Food supplements shouldn’t substitute a healthy diet but Biotin is worth a special mention. This vitamin B complex is great for faster and thicker hair growth.
- A healthy diet and exercise. This should always be mentioned when talking about hair growth – your diet is as important for your hair as it is for everything else. A diet rich in nuts, veggies, and fish will do more for your hair than all the other tips above.
- Trim your split ends. This isn’t something you need to go to the hairstylist for – just keep an eye on your hair’s ends and trim them a bit if you see that they’re splitting. Depending on how you take care of your hair you’ll need to do this either once every 1-2 months or ~twice a year.
- Comb your hair when wet. This is much more sparing to your hair and you won’t damage your curls and ends. Use wide-tooth combs and remember to be careful. Combine this with finger-combing as well.
- Brush and massage your scalp. This will stimulate the blood flow in your scalp and promote faster hair growth. You can do this will applying moisturizers and oils to your scalp.
- Switch from cotton pillowcases to silk ones. Cotton pillowcases are awesome to sleep in but they tend to damage and pull your hair. Switching to silk will go along way to protect your hair from damage.
- Get layers into your hair. You can cut layers into your hair at home to give it a thicker appearance. This won’t make your hair grow faster or thicker but it will make it look better as it’s growing.
- Use a volumizer. Whether you use a gel, mousse, or soufflé, a volumizer will also give your curls a thicker appearance.
Things to avoid:
- All heating tools. Many tools for curly hair involve heat but that’s a No-No for your hair’s health. Even hair driers should be used in their lowest heat setting and from a distance and an angle. If you really want to use a heating tool, make sure you’re using it with a protectant.
- Use less shampoo. Shampoo your hair no more than 2 or 3 times a week. You can still wash it every day just apply a shampoo every other time only.
- Avoid everything with sulfates in it. Most hair products have sulfates in their ingredients – avoid them like the plague, whether it’s sodium Laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, or sodium lauryl sulfate. These all can cause damage, dryness, and frizz.