How To Grow Curly Hair Long For Men

Growing curly hair long can be a headache for men; this is mostly to do with the fact that the vast majority of curly haired men don’t know jack about their own waves, coils and kinks. The main goal of my bestselling book, The Curly Hair Book, is to provide a literary resource for curly men that covers absolutely all there is to managing their hair and getting their curls rocking. Through the years, I’ve found that, if you don’t know your hair, you won’t get very far in terms of sporting cool hair, be it short, medium length or long.

A man with short curly hair who grew his kinks to shoulder length

Well, well… who is that ugly dog with long curly hair depicted above? (i.e. it’s yours truly)

How To Grow Curly Hair Long – Know your Curl Type

In my book, I dedicate just about one whole chapter to curly hair typing; likewise, you can find an abbreviated curly hair type guide on Manly Curls. Knowing your curl type (aka curly hair type) is very important because, depending on your curl type, it will take you longer or shorter to reach the long length mark. My curl type guide is a pioneering one in that I aim to measure the vertical length of a curl, which then allows one to get a good feel as to how his curly hair grows.

Starting from a near-shaved length (that is, anywhere from a #0 to a #1), this is how long it will take for the top of your head to reach your shoulders:

  • Type I: 2 1/2 years
  • Type: II: 3 years
  • Type III: 4 years
  • Type IV: 5 years
  • Type V: 6+ years

A lot of time, huh? Curly hair, be it wavy hair or kinky hair, will be curving and bending on its way, which is why the different curl types will take a specific amount of time to get to shoulder length.

How To Grow Curly Hair Long – Keep your curls moisturized

The longer your curly mane grows, the higher the potential for your hair to not be optimally moisturized. As you know, your own sebum is indispensable for keeping your curly locks moisturized, and you must put my No Shampoo method to use so as to find your particular shampooing frequency.

On top of the above, to keep your curls moisturized, you need to use a good rinse-out conditioner and a good leave-in conditioner: the rinse-out conditioner is used every time you shampoo your hair and the leave-in conditioner is used on an almost daily basis as you style your curly hair.

How To Grow Curly Hair Long – Detangle your curly mane often

Just like with dry hair, the longer your curly mane grows, the higher the chances of your hair tangling and forming vicious knots. Keeping your curly hair moisturized is in itself an excellent proactive measure to avoid tangles but you must also detangle your hair on a frequent basis.

What does detangling mean? Every time that you use a rinse-out conditioner, take the time to run a wide-tooth comb through your curls once the hair has been wetted and the rinse-out conditioner applied. The wide-tooth comb serves as a rake that separates the locks as you run the comb from the segment of the curls closest to the scalp all the way down to the tips of the locks. By separating the locks, you avoid having the curls tangling as well as help in keeping your curly hair lubricated (with the conditioner).

How To Grow Curly Hair Long – Get the right amounts of nutrients for your curls

An optimal diet is imperative to grow the healthiest hair. Full stop; there really is no two ways about this. In The Curly Hair Book, a big section is dedicated to the diet to use to grow strong and healthy curly hair, and I also cover the nutritional supplementation that I recommend for curly hair.

In terms of your diet, you want to ensure that you get enough protein, omega-3 fats, vitamin A and C; this is doable eating a balanced diet like the one that I detail extensively in my book. Furthermore, use of nutritional supplements is optional yet also a good idea if your diet is poor and/or doesn’t provide all the nutrients listed in the nutrition section of my book as well as the aforementioned nutrients (protein, omega-3 fats, vitamin A and C). Personally, I prefer to use a general multi-vitamin that gives me 100% of the RDI and then I throw in different nutritional supplements in the mix so as to bullet proof my diet: vitamin A and Methylsulfonylmethane have great anecdotal evidence of aiding hair growth and both supplements look great on research.

How To Grow Curly Hair Long – Get the Curly Hair Products

To enhance your journey to long curly hair, you must have the right curly hair product arsenal. Grab the following products for your long hair journey; I recommend you to buy them in one go so that you can start your long curly hair journey ASAP:

How To Grow Curly Hair Long – Be patient

Really, be patient. Your journey to long curly hair will be a lengthy journey in that you will not only get some hair experience under your belt but you will also go through plenty of life experiences in the 2 1/2 to 6+ years that your long curly hair journey can last.

Oh, the dramas you will endure with curly hair…

Be patient with your curly hair growth and know how to manage your waves, coils or kinks at any length. Like I so enthusiastically go on and on in The Curly Hair Book, your curly hair will have a similar hair-care strategy and hair-grooming routine regardless of length; you will simply take a tad longer (in terms of time investment) the longer your hair grows. Thus, aim to know all about your curly hair from the very beginning (i.e. now!) so that your long curly hair journey becomes a summer breeze.

All the best, curly gentlemen.

Rogelio

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2 comments for “How To Grow Curly Hair Long For Men

  1. Lucas
    January 14, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    I really need help! I’ve been growing my hair and it has about 5 inches now, but that’s on the top, as my previous hairstyle was a short side and back and higher top…
    What should I do? Should I get it cut in all one length? Because it’s starting to get strange… And should I trim the ends or just let it grow as long as I can without cutting?

  2. Michael
    April 28, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Hey Rogelio

    I have the problem of my hair growing up and out like an afro instead of growing long and down. Please share the wisdom my friend, how can my curls flow to my shoulders. I’ve been growing my hair for about 2 months with three inches on top, 1 inch sides and back. All I want to know is how can I grow it down.

    Thanks in advance.

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