Top Grow-Out Tips for Long, Curly Hair
Cutting your hair short was easy. Growing it out? Well, that’s a little harder. Hair grows about a half an inch per month on average, so it can take up to a year to grow out a pixie cut or short, layered hair. It’s even when you factor in the curly hair texture, which can be harder to wrangle at short lengths than other hair types. But don’t stress! With the right hair care and hair maintenance, you can keep your curly hair in top condition as it gains length.
Don’t Get Burned
If a curling wand, flat iron or blow dryer is part of your daily hair routine, try to cut back to once or twice a week to minimize heat damage. And since exposing your bare strands to high temperatures can make your curly hair dry, frizzy and lifeless, use a heat protectant product like Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist to help prevent them from getting fried.
Get Regular Hair Trims
Split ends might be less obvious when you have curly hair, but they can lead to major hair breakage. So, it’s important to visit your hair stylist about every six to eight weeks for a cleanup. Discuss your grow-out goals before they start snipping. Ask for a very small trim, also called a “hair dusting”, to keep your ends in a healthy state without losing too much length.
Use Your Fingers to Detangle Hair
It’s possible to unravel curls if you’re too rough during the detangling process. Always saturate your hair with a rich hair conditioner like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Conditioner before dealing with knots. The oil-rich formula leaves curls smooth and slippery. Then, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to gently work out knots, which is less likely to snap delicate, curly hair.
Reduce the Friction
Remember—every time your hair rubs against rough fabrics (like cotton pillowcases or nubby towels), it can lead to hair breakage and frizzy hair. You can help keep your curly hair in mint condition by sleeping on a satin pillowcase and patting your hair dry with a soft T-shirt. For a foolproof way to dry curly hair and prevent frizz, try “plopping” your curls.
Shampoo for defined, frizz-resistant curls
Conditioner for defined, frizz-resistant curls
Leave-in treatment for defined, frizz-resistant curls
Controlled definition of a gel with the soft subtle conditioning of a cream