Tips for Maintaining Curls – Part II
Those who have curly hair will already know that caring for it can be a bit of a handful. Unlike straight and wavy hair types, curly hair often comes with its own unique set of challenges, among them, an increased likelihood of breakage, frizz, and dryness. Therefore, we have the scoop on the most common curly hair mistakes and what can we do to avoid them to help keep our curls smooth, shiny, and intact!
Mistake #1: Over-cleansing Hair
While how often we wash our hair is entirely up to us and typically dependent upon on a number of factors—scalp moisture, sebum production, workout schedule among them—it’s recommended that curly hair types keep the shampooing to a minimum. In other words, those with curly hair must refrain from shampooing hair every day. Textured hair needs its natural oils to stay healthy, and if shampooed too frequently, it may dry out, which can lead to damage and breakage. For the best results, try cleaning it just once or twice a week.
Mistake #2: Skipping Conditioner
Don’t skip out on conditioner! Curly and textured hair types often lean more towards the dry, dull, and frizzy end of the spectrum, which is why it’s crucial to keep those delicate strands well hydrated. A hydrating conditioner that’s specially designed to work with the curly hair—will help provide a healthy dose of hydration, nourishment, and protection that the hair isn’t able to get from the shampoo alone. Just be sure to look for hair-healthy ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and aloe vera.
Bonus tip: If curls are flat on top, try rinsing hair upside down. Rinsing hair with head back can flatten out the curls, causing them to lose volume.
Mistake #3: Waiting Too Long to Apply Styling Products
When it comes to curly hair, the sooner we can set our curls the better, which is why it’s recommended to apply styling products while hair is still very damp and before the frizz has time to set in. If we wait too long, we may rough up the hair cuticle, causing our curls to become frizzy and undefined. When applying the products, be sure to also work them through with closed hands, taking care not to rake through the fragile curls, as this can also cause frizz and damage.
Mistake #4: Blow-Drying Hair the Wrong Way
Air-drying hair whenever possible is typically the best choice for curly-haired girls. Be sure to add a diffuser attachment onto the blow dryer to help limit the amount of direct heat and forceful air hitting the strands. Diffuser helps the hair from being tossed around too much while drying, in turn, creating less friction and thus, fewer frizzes.
Mistake #5: Not Using a Leave-In Conditioner
Textured hair needs long-lasting moisture and protection, which is why it’s highly recommended that to invest in a lightweight leave-in conditioner like In addition to providing hair with a hefty dose of long-lasting moisture and nourishment, it also forms a protective barrier around the strands to help block out those things that can harm th curls, like frizz, breakage, and UV damage.
Mistake #6: Using a Brush to Detangle
Never brush or detangle hair post-shower. Using a fine-tooth comb on textured hair is the easiest way to disrupt the curl pattern, causing the strands to turn into one giant, unruly mess. Instead, try gently combing and detangling curls in the shower while conditioning the hair. Using a wide-tooth comb, work the conditioner through the length of the hair, more from the ends to the roots until the curls are knot-free. Refrain from combing or detangling hair once completely rinsed, (even with fingers), as this will only break apart the curls.
Mistake #7: Not Protecting Hair While You Sleep
Protecting hair while sleeping is actually a crucial step in caring for the textured hair. Even the cotton fabric is far too harsh delicate strands, it also soaks up hair’s natural oils while we sleep, depleting strands of their moisture. To combat this, try wrapping hair in a silk scarf or sleeping on a silk pillowcase, which will help preserve curl pattern and reduce the amount of friction they’re exposed to throughout the night. In the morning, the curls will be smooth, shiny, and full of life!
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