Believe it or not, it's really common to find yourself falling into habits that can harm you curls. Taking care of curls isn't exactly an easy challenge, and it can be a lot of work to get things right. However, when corners are cut, it's often your curls that suffer the most. These are common ways you could be hurting your curls. Give this list a review, and see what adjustments you could make to get your best curls ever.
Common Ways You Could Be Hurting Your Curls
Overusing protective styles:
If you're always keeping your curls tied back in a protective style, you could ultimately end up doing more harm than good. It's best policy to not keep curls tied up in the same protective style for more than 1-2 weeks, and to not pull back curls tightly. This can cause breakage, and put strain on the roots of your hair. Instead, take your curls out regularly and allow your strands to have time between the next protective styling.
Using too much product:
This is one of those situations where less is certainly more. When it comes to using curl care products, over using can actually be more detrimental than helpful. When you buy a product, take the time to review the labels and make sure you're using the right amount. Using too much can drag your strands down, and create build up. This will make the product much less effective and cost you more money in the long run. On the flip side, don't go too far the other way and underuse product. If you're not using enough, your curls won't receive the benefits of your products that you've spent your time selecting and your curl care budget on.
While cowashing can help extend the life of your wash days, you won't want to completely toss out your shampoo. Instead, switch to a gentle, low poo formula instead. Take the time to give your curls a shampoo every couple of weeks. This will refresh your scalp, loosen, remove build up and debris from your scalp. After washing your scalp with warm water, remove the shampoo with cold water to close your cuticles back down.
As tempting as it can be, try to do your best not to skip trims or cuts with your stylist. While some curly girls do this to preserve their length, in the long run it could actually end up harming your chances of growing long curls. Instead, make sure you're visiting your stylist every 6-8 weeks for a trim, which will remove dead ends and splits.