There are a lot of ways to take care of curls. The internet is full of website and blogs devoted to curl care. However, it can be hard to discern what's the right way to take care of your curls. Without proper knowledge, it can be easy to make mistakes. Here's how you might be damaging your curls. Remember, knowledge is power!
How You Might Be Damaging Your Curls
Not hydrating enough:
Curls need a lot of water, much more so than other hair types. The coiled shape of curls makes it difficult for natural oils to lubricate the strands. Therefore, you must help curls out. Not hydrating your strands or yourself enough can lead to dryness, which leads to damage. Use a water based product to infuse curls with moisture, and follow with an oil to lock moisture in.
While we don't recommend daily washes, we do recommend regular washes. Scalps that are clogged with product make it difficult for strands to push through. The follicles won't be able to produce as much as they previously would, which means your curls won't grow well. When you do wash, make sure to avoid sulfate shampoos, which dry out curls.
Not creating slip:
Curls need a little lubrication. This will help make detangling a breeze, and minimize damage. Additionally, when strands are lubricated, it's much less likely they'll knot back onto themselves.
Skipping the satin:
Before heading to bed, make sure to wear a satin bonnet or get a satin pillowcase. Satin allows curls to slip across the surface, which prevents pulling. Cotton also wicks away moisture, so curls can become dry overnight.
Pulling curls back:
High ponytails and puff are very in, but wearing one every day can damage your curls. The weight and pressure of the elastic can weaken strands, causing curls to snap. Additionally, the pressure can loosen follicles. This can minimize curl growth.
It's important to take care of the ends of your curls. Skipping trims can allow curls to split up the shaft. This means getting regular trims to allow curls to grow.