Top Grow-Out Tips for Long, Lush Curls
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 or short layers. But don’t stress! With the right care and maintenance, you can keep your curls in top condition as they gain the length.
Don’t Get Burned
If a curling wand, flat iron or blow dryer is part of your daily 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 curls dry, frizzy and lifeless, use a thermal protectant product like Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist to help prevent them from getting fried.
Get Regular Trims
Split ends can lead to major breakage, so it’s important to visit your 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 “dusting”, to keep your ends in a healthy state without losing too much length.
Use Your Fingers
It’s possible to loosen clumps of curls if you’re too rough during the detangling process. Always saturate your hair with a rich 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 taking care not to rip out your strands.
Reduce the Friction
Remember—every time your hair rubs against rough fabrics (like cotton pillowcases or nubby towels), it can lead to breakage. You can help keep your curls in mint condition by sleeping on a satin pillowcase and drying your hair with a soft T-shirt.
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