I have always been wanting to grow my curls a bit longer than my usual, and after having seen your article on different lengths and reading all the other articles at Manly Curls, I am considering perhaps experimenting with a long length (not too long, just enough to get my curls past my eyebrows). I was looking at your pics and your curls look pretty diesel so I was wondering if you have any advice for growing curly hair into a longer length.
Thanks for any tips
Patrick B, Los Angeles
Thanks for the kind words and it is great to see you wanting to do something else for your curls. Once you learn that they can be grown out of a boring buzz-cut, you open the door to many styling options. That said, growing curls into a longish length is actually a bit tricky and one needs to understand that the same way long curls instill an interesting rebellious tint to one’s personality, they (curls) are also quite rebellious themselves. I certainly banged my head against the wall quite a few times before being able to sport a curly mane that was at least acceptable and I found that keeping things simple usually does the job.
Growing yoru curly hair properly will pay in terms of good looks!
The inherent shape of curls, together with the propensity for long curly hair to become dry, is quite the catch as these two factors take growing curly hair to a new level. Do you remember my post on why curly hair is different? Well, growing to a long length magnifies the traits shared and exhibited by curly hair, from becoming drier to more tangle-prone to more fragile.
Hence, a curly headed person striving to grow a manly mane of curls must take into account one consideration: the need for moisturizing 24/7. Moisturised hair is hair that is the opposite of dry and, in the same manner, moisturized hair tends to become slippery which keeps the curls slipping against each other instead of tangling and interknotting with one another. How to get round the clock moisture? Use a leave-in hair conditioner, as I posted here. Leave-ins are not as heavy as their counterpart, conventional conditioners, and allow for daily use without leaving too much residue in the scalp and curls. Use the smallest amount of shampoo you can get away with and you will keep those curls moisturized and bouncing around with bulk.
Regardless of your curly hair type, growing your curls is doable
It also goes without saying that at any point that you notice your hair is tangling, you should take prompt action. This means using a very small amount of some conditioner or coconut/olive oil on the knot will working on it (wet the knot first). Either use your fingers or the wide tooth comb to softly pull the knotted hairs apart, making sure not to pull at the scalp as you can damage the hair follicles.
In the near future I will be convering specific strategies to go about avoiding tangled hair but if you follow these tips you will be on your way to sporting a great set of manly curls.
All the best,