Ask Rogelio – Growing curls longer

Hello Rogelio,

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


Dear Patrick,

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.


David Bisbal and his curly hairstyle

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.


A black man with a curly afro hairstyle

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,


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5 comments for “Ask Rogelio – Growing curls longer

  1. Antonio
    February 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Rogelio, I´ve been following your articles and programs, but I have a huge trouble I´m not capable to resolve yet, I think I have a type III hair but I dont know how to confirm it, would you tell me my real type of hair by looking at this link , I really want to know my hair type. I´ve been growing from completely shave to this, its been 4 month now and I´m planning to go for shoulder length, thanks for everything hair sensei.

    • Rogelio
      February 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Antonio,

      I would say your curl type is Type III too but it’s a bit difficult to tell as your hair need more moisturizing. I can see the coils forming so once you get your hair care sorted you can end with some solid mane. You may end up with more tightened coils once your curls are taken care of optimally, but, whatever the curl type, your goal is to have head-turning curly hair!

      This is the start buddy, if you want shoulder length like in some of my photos here at Manly Curls, you need an extra 2 years. It’s a patience game but you will learn a lot about your curls as they grow to your desired length.



      • Antonio
        February 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm

        Thanks for the reply, I will definetly follow your advice, and thanks man you have been an inspiration for me.

  2. Dynak
    July 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Awesome stuff, dude.

  3. Roney
    July 15, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I too am thinking of letting my curls grow a bit so I appreciate any advice I can gather here. Thanks man.

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