As a curly girl, length isn’t so easy to tell. And that SUCKSSS!
I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying Shrinkage is a Bitch! And in fact it is. A curly girl can never tell her true length unless it’s straightened and that’s exactly what we’re avoiding here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t ever straighten your hair, a length check is always needed, but not every so often. I length check probably twice or three times a year.
This may sound contradicting, but trust me it works and I’ll explain why.
Making sure those ends are healthy is a MAJOR KEY in ensuring swift hair growth.
Think about this:
Your hair grows from the top of your head (obviously), but if the hair that’s already hanging from your head keeps breaking from your damaged, split ends, it’ll feel like your hair isn’t growing at all.
SO, to make sure your ends don’t prolong your hair length journey, occasional trims are necessary. I honestly don’t have the time to go to hair salons, plus they don’t really know how to cut curly hair unless you go to a Deva Curl Hair Salon or a curly hair specialist, but let’s be real, they’re a bit pricey. Plus, I have trust issues sooo… I cut my own hair. Now to do that you have to be very careful. There are so many opinions out there on curly trimming methods, but I prefer dry cutting.
The reason I don’t recommend to cut hair while wet is because curly hair shrinks, so cutting wet curls will leave you with a shorter length than you expected.
Dry cutting/dusting is basically searching for those straight or split ends and chopping them off. It sounds a bit extreme, but I find that (if you wear your hair curly most of the time) it’s the most efficient way to get the most growth. A con about this method is that you hair (when straightened) won’t be perfectly even, but this won’t really be a problem if you’re wearing your hair curly. It’ll help your curls flourish.
Cutting isn’t the only thing that promotes hair growth.
Here are a few oils you can incorporate in your oil treatments:
- Ylang Ylang
- Peppermint/Tea Tree
- Clary Sage
*Each oil, whichever you choose, should be mixed with a carrier oil (I prefer coconut oil, you can also use virgin olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, sesame oil, or canola a.k.a. rapeseed oil). The mixture should be 4 tsp of carrier oil to every 10 drops of essential oil.
Jojoba oil is technically not an oil. Its a wax ester, which is similar to the oils naturally released by our skin. It’s rich in Vitamins E and B which have antibacterial and antioxidant properties which will remove the dead skin from your scalp and promote healthy hair growth. I love jojoba oil (especially for my face) because it’s not greasy and moisturizes without leaving too much of a shine.
- Jamaican Black Castor
Castor oil is very thick and sticky similar to honey. It consists of amino and fatty acids that repair and regenerate hair follicles. Aside from promoting hair growth, castor oil can moisturize, thicken, and even enhances hair color.
- Vitamin E
As I mentioned before, Vitamin E is an antioxidant which is helpful for repairing damaged hair follicles. It reduces inflammation, and promotes blood circulation to the scalp which is beneficial for hair growth.
**When applying these oils, for EXTRA growth promotion, use the Inversion Method which is flipping your head upside down and massaging the scalp for about 10 minutes. The inversion method promotes hair growth by increasing blood circulation to the scalp and the massage will open up the hair follicle to absorb the oils. You can use the inversion method everyday if you’d like; 10 minutes a day for a month can probably get you two or three inches of growth depending on your hair and how fast it usually grows. (Don’t quote me on that, I’m speaking based on my experience.)
I really can’t stress consistency enough. It’s like anything in life! Diets, exercise plans, relationships, skin care, and I can go on forever. The point is, that if you don’t keep consistency with your hair, you may not see the results you expect. Yes, hair care is extremely time consuming, but its all worth it!
With cuts, I recommend dusting every 3-4 months depending on the level of damage you have on the ends.
As for the growth promoting oil treatments, I recommend you do it bi-weekly, even monthly. You don’t want to overwhelm your hair with too many treatments because it can become brittle, weak and can become prone to breakage.
Hope this helped! Feel free to like and comment any further questions or suggestions for future posts.