Written by: Ciarra McLean
Hoping to give your hair a health boost for spring and summer styles? Look no further than our guide on all-natural ways to grow healthy curls.
First, target where hair begins - the scalp! Regularly giving yourself both clarifying and moisturizing massages stimulates hair growth and removes any unnecessary build-up. Be sure to massage with the pads of your fingers and not your nails, or use a handheld tool to massage like our KurlsPlus Paddle Comb. This not only feels great but also promotes blood flow to the scalp, strengthening the roots of your hair. Be sure to massage your scalp during your regular wash day, as well as in between washes for best results. When massaging on dry hair, simply apply a small amount of oil to your fingertips and massage.
Hot Oil Treatments
Something that should be a staple in your hair care regimen if it isn’t already is a hot oil treatment. Providing benefits for both the hair and scalp, hot oil treatments are easy to do and can be tailored to your needs, just like the DIY hair masks. You can choose one oil to feature for its exclusive benefits or create a mixture to broaden the good results. You can also consider adding oils to your shampoo or deep conditioner. We recommend castor, jojoba, coconut, and avocado oils for their ease of access and benefits, from sealing in moisture to adding in lost proteins. To do a hot oil treatment, simply massage the oil of your choice into your scalp, and comb through to distribute throughout your strands. Follow with your regular wash day routine, and emerge with healthier, happier curls.
DIY Hair Masks
Another great way to promote hair health is to create your own DIY hair masks. Great ingredients with a range of nutrients include avocado, aloe vera, and even eggs. The great part about DIY hair masks is that you can tailor them specifically to what your hair needs at that specific time. Egg and mayonnaise treatments can provide protein, while aloe vera and avocado soothe and moisturize. To take it a step further, combine ingredients to maximize benefits. An avocado mask with an egg will do wonders for hair strength while adding fresh aloe to your favorite shampoo or conditioner can take care of thirsty tresses. Creating a hair mask is simple - blend ingredients in a blender or food processor for a smoother texture, or in the case of the avocado, simply mash and mix in a bowl. You can also add your favorite conditioner. Apply to hair and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes for maximum benefits.
While it may seem counterproductive to cut your hair when you’re trying to grow it out, regular trims ensure there’s no snagging on knots or encouraging split ends. When it comes to timing for trimming your ends, you’ll want to focus more on listening to your hair as opposed to keeping a strict calendar. Don’t get us wrong - while keeping a schedule for trims is great, you still want to be sure that you are not going too long without trimming split ends or knots, or alternatively, unnecessarily cutting off healthy hair. While paying attention to your hair’s needs is the true key, we do recommend trimming at least once every 6 months. This ensures that when you detangle, you won’t cause unnecessary breakage. Your hair is indicating a need for a trim if you find single strand knots, split ends, or a combination.
As we mentioned in 8 Tips for Longer Hair, you’ll want a well-balanced diet full of nutrients to ensure healthy hair growth. If for whatever reason you feel your diet is lacking, talk to your healthcare provider about supplementing your meals with a vitamin or two.
Similarly, hydration is key to healthy hair. If your body isn’t well-hydrated, your hair won’t be either, so be sure to drink water throughout the day. You can also receive hydration from fruits and vegetables, which is yet another reason to diversify your diet. The final trick is maintaining your stress levels. Yes - stress has an effect on your hair, so practicing self-care will result in an uptick not only in your mental health but in your hair’s health as well.
When it comes down to it, the true hack is making these individual actions into a series of habits. Doing each of these things with regularity will promote happy, healthy curls. Don’t wait until your hair is at its driest to add in some moisture - making all of the above a part of your regular routine ensures long-lasting, luscious locks.