How To Avoid Sabotaging Your Curls

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Even though the internet is awash in information about how to take care of naturally curly hair, it can be still be difficult to figure out what works for your individual curls. Here are some mistakes you might be making that could stop you from achieving your curl goals, and how you can avoid them.

Ignoring directions:

Those directions on your products aren’t arbitrary. When you’re using your curl care products, make sure you read the directions and follow them. This will make them more effective and more likely your curls will look like how you want them to.

Detangling dry curls:

If you’re still working through knots on dry curls, we are begging you to stop. Detangling dry curls can tear fragile strands so make sure you’re adding moisture before going to work. You can do this by using an oil or in the shower with with conditioner. You want to create some slip so the curls will come apart without damaging them.

Over or under using products:

This goes back to following directions. Don’t over use products, as it can make your curls greasy or weighed down. Similarly, not using enough product can keep your curls from doing what they should, which can be frustrating.

Only cowashing:

While cowashing has its merits and is great for your curls, you do need to shampoo them once in awhile. When you do cleanse, make sure you’re selecting one that’s gentle and free of chemicals. Focus on gently massaging your scalp to help break up excess oils and allow the shampoo to rinse through your curls.

Giving up:

When you buy a product, don’t give up if it seems like it isn’t working how you want it to. You might need to adjust the amount, how you’re using it or give your curls time to adjust to the new product. Before you toss your new gel or serum, give it a minimum of three uses so you know how it actually works, and if it’s a good fit for your curl type.