Articles By Dawn Werner

Hair BreakageAs curly-haired women, sometimes we just want to toss our combs and styling tools out the window, forcing ourselves to prevent damaging our cherished locks. Some may even imagine reaching for the phone, dialing "911" and crying for emergency hair help.

Thankfully, with a few helpful hints and daily remedies, we don't have to take either one of these drastic measures to prevent hair breakage, keep our hair healthy and stop split ends in their tracks!

Prevention is the Key

Choose alcohol-free hair products, and sulfate free shampoos. Because curly hair is naturally dry, we need to make sure we prevent breakage by using products designed for our hair type that will moisturize and protect.

Keep in mind, too, that curly hair is more fragile than straight hair because the cuticle of a curl naturally remains somewhat raised, making the strand more vulnerable to breakage and split ends. So, it is important that we are gentle with our hair when styling it. This means no pulling on those curls and no overheating them with styling tools!

Hair breakage can be prevented by simply opting to air dry curls instead of choosing to blow dry them. Even the gentlest of dryers can damage curly hair over time. In addition, too much manipulation can tangle dry hair, so make sure styling is kept to a minimum and your curly mane is left alone as much as possible.

Sleeping on a satin pillowcase at night is also a great way to keep your hair smooth and free of split-ends.

Protect Curls from Breakage

To stop those curls from breaking off at the ends, we can further protect them from damage by choosing snag-free hair accessories. Yes, there are such products!

Beauty supply stores carry many smooth clips and barrettes that work well, and are much gentler on hair. Also, buy combs that don't have rough seams. Handmade, seamless wide-tooth combs made out of cellulose acetate are the best combs for curlies.

However, make sure your comb is not being used on your hair improperly. Poor combing habits can also contribute to strands splitting off.

If you frequently tease your curls, you may want to think about ending this hair styling routine. Teasing can cause hair breakage due to the improper brush strokes and massive amounts of product (ahem, hairspray).

Protecting hair with a good leave-in conditioner will also benefit your tresses by coating them with a type of shield that will guard against damage throughout the day. Mild shampoos and moisturizing rinses can make a difference as well. The more we eliminate dry hair, the healthier it will be.

Finally, limit styles such as ponytails, braids and tight buns. Prevent hair breakage by giving your hair a rest from these styles as they pull on the hair follicle and cause damage, as well as sometimes causing the whole strand to fall out.

So, for all of you wavies, curlies and kinkies, remember to treat your hair well by styling without heat and being aware of the clips and styles you are using. Once you get all of the bad hair habits behind you, a hair breakage 911 call will be the last thing on your mind.


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When thinking of long, strong hair, we often flash back to our childhood and picture a beautiful princess named Rapunzel. Who wouldn't want her long and shiny hair, so strong that it could withstand the pressure of a dashing prince climbing it to rescue you, and so long that it could fall the length of a tower?

Well, learning how to grow long hair fast may be easier than you think. Having Rapunzel-like hair could become more than a fairy-tale by following some easy changes in your lifestyle and hair care.

For wavies and curlies, luxurious length can be accomplished through healthy hair care routines including a healthy, protein-rich diet.

However, it is essential to understand that hair has a seven-year growth period. Every person's hair grows for a certain amount of time and then simply falls out. How quickly you can grow those curls longer depends on your own personal hair growth speed. After all, Rapunzel’s hair didn’t grow over night!

 

Protect & Pamper Those Curls & Waves

If you want to grow long hair, your curls need to be healthier. Hair will grow much quicker if you protect it. Even though it feels great to spend time basking in the sun's warmth, too much sun can damage your hair, causing it to become brittle and dry.

Cover your hair with a hat to protect it if you must be outside for long periods.

Be gentle with your cherished curls. Replace metal hairpieces with fabric elastics to bunch hair up into a bun or ponytail if you need to get curls out of your face and never pull harshly on tangles.

Always use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to carefully work out the knotted strands. If hair breaks off at the ends, it will take longer to grow long hair, so protect it from too much brushing or blow-drying, which can cause split ends and ultimately breakage.

Don't forget to pamper! Start by using deep treatments to replenish any lost moisture. It also helps to massage olive or coconut oil into dry or damaged ends. Long, curly hair is especially vulnerable to dry ends because natural oils from the scalp don't always make it down those curvy strands.

Avoid strand and end damage by using gentle shampoos and moisturizing conditioners when washing. And don't forget to only shampoo when necessary! Curly hair gets dried out and stripped of its natural oils if it is shampooed every day, so co-washing is always a great alternative.

Restrict the styling and don't straighten out those locks! Embrace your natural curls if you want to grow long hair fast. Using flat irons too often can dry out your hair, causing damage, thus slowing down the growth. Blow dryers and curling irons should also be limited. All of these tools can cause unhealthy dry hair, which defeats your goal of healthy, long curls. Experiment with different mousses and gels made for your curls and practice scrunch styling in order to promote healthy hair naturally.

If you color your hair often, keep in mind that dying hair too often can also cause dryness that will cut your growth short. Make sure you know and understand which chemicals are being used in your hair color. Ask your hair stylist to use the gentlest formula on your curls. Drugstores offer an array of products as well. Be sure to compare chemicals before you choose, as there are so many advancements concerning gentler hair color, you'll be sure to find the perfect color in a gentler formula.



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