Since wearing your hair in its naturally curly state, you may have received the following inquiries:

  • "How long have you been natural?"
  • "How long have you been wearing your hair curly?"
  • "Are you going to grow your hair out?"

No matter how used to these intrusive questions you get, one thing is certain: You are tired of trying to grow your hair longer and stronger than ever before over the past few years because nothing seems to work.

The hair growth struggle is 100% real, my friend. That's why you need to follow this advice for healthy, strong curls from our friends at Aunt Jackie's:

No matter what your curl pattern or texture type, PROTECT YOUR ENDS!

That's right; it's that simple! The proof is in the products.

BONUS TIP: Work with the length you have by using the right ingredients and styling products. Watch as NaturallyCurly Editors April Bingham, Grace L. Hathaway, and Alexandra Wilson talk about healthy hair growth and the best products to use no matter your #lengthgoals!

Pretty amazing how each curl friend, irrespective of her length and texture type, was able to get a stunning hairstyle while nourishing their roots, strands, and ends, right?

Maintain long coily hair strands with Lanolin and Shea Butter.

April Bingham for naturallycurly x aunt jackies

Want to grow those Type 4 curls out? April recommends that in addition to protecting your ends, you need to properly detangle and condition your hair with the potent properties of lanolin and Shea butter. To achieve this, she uses Aunt Jackie's Knot on My Watch which contains both! Since you may be familiar with the ever-popular Shea butter, you should be thrilled to learn that lanolin is kind of a miracle emollient. Here's why:

" In its natural state, lanolin contains about 25-30% water by weight. When applied to skin or hair, it is very effective at penetrating the surface and enhancing moisture retention. Lanolin is also beneficial because it continues to absorb moisture from the air, and can thus act as a humectant for the skin or hair." - Tonya McKay Becker

To set her style, April used Curl La La Defining Curl Custard Cream, a curly hair styler that reliably defines curls of all porosity levels without leaving a filmy, visible residue!

Read more: Learn about Lanolin

Nourish curly hair with Omega Fatty Acids.

Alexandra Wilson for naturallycurly x aunt jackies

Curly hair with medium porosity is already well balanced, but every little bit of nourishment and strength is welcome for this hair type. Alex adds Omega-3 and -6 Fatty acids to her curls through the slip-worthy delight of Knot on My Watch (which also fights frizz when paired with Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel). This is what every person with curls wants. Why?

"Omega-3 fats nourish the hair follicles and encourage growth. They also prevent inflammation, helping to stave off hair loss, dandruff, and other hair and scalp conditions." –Sabrina Perkins

Read more: Omega-3: The Essential Hair Secret

Protect and strengthen wavy and curly hair ends with Flaxseed Oil.

Grace L. Hathaway for naturallycurly x aunt jackies

Having fine, wavy hair can be a struggle since this type of hair is very fragile and refuses to maintain a voluminous shape. However, fine wavy LOVES moisture and being defined. That's why Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel is perfect for a superior level of protection and strength to your ends all while keeping roots lifted and waves super defined.

April Bingham and Grace L. Hathaway and Alexandra Wilson for naturallycurly x aunt jackies

While you know your hair better than anyone, you must always keep this rule of thumb in mind, no matter your curl patterns and texture type:

Protect Your Ends!

Thanks to Aunt Jackie's, you can do this with ease. Grab any or all of these nourishing stylers for the ultimate hair growth experience that will give your curls, coils, and waves LIFE:

  1. Aunt Jackie's Knot on my Watch Instant Detangling Therapy
  2. Aunt Jackie's Curl La La Defining Curl Custard Cream
  3. Aunt Jackie's Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel

As ever, keep those curls healthy, vibrant, and growing strong!!!

This post is sponsored by Aunt Jackie's.