Although there's tons of information out there for curly girls, it can tough to figure out what's actually helpful. While we all want to get the curls of our dreams, there a few mistakes many of us make that can stand in the way of our goals. Here are some of the mistakes many curly girls make:
Not reading directions: While most of us have a “see how it goes” approach when it comes to using curl products, those directions on the package are there for a reason. Many naturally curly girls tend to go overboard with their products when a small amount would do. Additionally, many products perform different on types of curls, as well as if they are dry or damp. If your products don't seem to be working, go back to basics and read the back before applying. In this same vein, you can also overuse or underuse products. Make sure you're using the right amount for your curl's type and texture.
Not detangling right: Many curlies don't take the time to dampen their hair and apply product to help create slip before they begin detangling. Detangling dry curls can cause breakage. When you're detangling, make sure you create sections to work through and use a wide toothed comb or your fingers.
Just cowashing: While cowashing is amazing for your curls, this isn't something you want to do exclusively. While conditioners are meant to add moisture back into your curls, they aren't designed to clean. While you can cowash between cleanses, you'll still want to make sure you're using a gentle cleansing shampoo to completely clean your curls.
Buying into curl “types”: Typing your curls can be useful when ti comes to figuring out what products and styling techniques work for you but it's not the end-all, be-all when it comes to managing your curls. Remember, everyone has unique curls with unique patterns and needs. While your curls might fall into a type, only you can figure out exactly what your curls need to be successful.
Giving up too easily: Learning how to care for your curls can be really hard. Before you give up, promise that you'll give yourself a minimum of three tries. For example, make sure that you've completely read the product instructions (are you putting product in soaking wet hair when it should go in damp hair?) and tried it a couple times before tossing in the towel. Learning how to care for your curls takes time, energy and commitment. You're bound to make some mistakes along the way, but learn from them and try again.