Curly hair can be difficult to care for. Curly hair is different from straight or wavy hair as it can be more difficult to maintain and it frequently faces unique difficulties like breakage, dryness or frizziness. You’re likely to have encountered one or more of these issues in your goals for well defined, bouncy and frizz-free curls, regardless if you have 3A curls or 3C curls. We get it. We reached out to our hair care team to learn more about the most common blunders and mistakes in curly hair and how you can avoid them.
Mistake #1: Over-cleaning Your Curly Hair.
It is up to you to wash your hair as often as you like. This will depend on many factors, including how much you shampoo you used, the scalp moisturizing condition, the amount of sebum produced, and your workout schedule. However, curly hair should be kept to a minimum. You should avoid shampooing your hair every day. Textured hair requires its natural oils to keep it healthy. If your hair is washed too often, it can dry out and become damaged. It is best to wash your hair once or twice per week for the best and optimum outcome.
Mistake #2: : Skip Conditioner
The hair types with curly or textured hair tend to be more dry, dull and frizzy. This is why it is so important that you keep your delicate curls hydrated. Conditioner is a must. You can get a hydrating conditioner specifically designed for curly hair, such as that will provide your hair with the hydration, nourishment and protection it needs. Hair-healthy ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oil are important to look out for.
Bonus tip: Rinse your hair upside-down if your curls look flat on the top. Your curls will lose volume if you rinse your hair with your head back will make your curls become flat resulting in them losing the volume.
Mistake #3: Don’t Wait Too Long to Apply Styling Products
Curly hair should be set as soon as possible after your shower. This is why styling products should be applied while hair is still damp to prevent frizz from setting in. You can damage the hair cuticle and cause your curls to become undefined and frizzy if you wait too long. You should also use closed hands to apply your products. Do not rake through those delicate curls and this will prevent frizz and damage to your curls.
Mistake #4: Don’t blow-dry your hair the wrong way
For curly-haired girls, air drying your hair is the best option. To reduce the heat and forceful air that is attacking your hair while drying, you should attach a diffuser attachment to your blow dryer. A diffuser will prevent your hair from being too tossed about while drying, which will result in less friction and less frizz.
Mistake #5: Not using a leave-in conditioner
It is not enough to condition your hair just during the bath. For texture hair, you need to provide long-lasting moisture and protection. This is why we recommend that you purchase a lightweight leave in conditioner. It not only provides your hair with long-lasting moisture and nourishment but also acts as a barrier to protect your hair from damage such as frizz, breakage, or UV damage. You can also choose your hair goals with our products. This means that you can add anti-frizz and shine to your leave in treatment to give your hair extra benefits for the entire day.
Mistake #6: Use a brush to detangle
If you are just taking away one tip from the whole article, let this tip be the one: Never brush your hair or detangle it after a shower. A fine-toothed comb is the enemy for textured hair as it will cause your curls to become unruly and disrupt your curl pattern. You can instead comb your hair gently after your condition your hair during shower to detangle your hair. Thereafter, use a wide-toothed comb to apply conditioner to your hair. Make sure you work from the roots to the ends until your curls till all are detangled and not more knots. You should stop combing your hair or even detangle with your fingers after it has been totally rinsed. This is to prevent your curls from any breakage.
Mistake #7: Products containing sulfates
For curls, it is very important to avoid products that contain sulfates, which are the cleansing agents responsible for shampoos’ rich lather. Sulfates can strip your hair and cause them to become dry and brittle. You need moisture-based products to gently nourish your hair without stripping it of its natural oils when you have textured hair. Please use products that are 100% sulfate free and allow you to add up five curl-approved hair goals, such as anti-frizz and deep condition. This will ensure your curls stay smooth and bouncy throughout the year.
Mistake #8: Protect your hair while you sleep
Although it might seem like a lot of work, protecting your hair while you are sleeping is a vital step to maintaining your textured hair. Even though sheets are expensive, cotton fabric can still be too harsh for your hair’s delicate strands. Your hair’s natural oils are also absorbed by cotton while you sleep, which can cause your hair to lose its moisture. You can combat this by wrapping your hair in silk or sleeping on silk pillows cases. This will preserve your curl patterns and reduce friction throughout the night. Your curls will look great the next morning!