The Dos and Don’t of Healthy Curls

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When it comes to curl care, there’s tons of information out there. It can take hours to sort through the tutorials, lists and blog posts to figure out what works for you. At the end of the day, you will have to determine what works best for you and your curls. Here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to curl care.


For detangling, use your fingers or a wide tooth comb. You can also use a comb to distribute product throughout your strands.

Try to limit your wash days to once a week or twice a week at max. If you need to on in between days, just rinse with lukewarm water. You can also make good friends with a great dry shampoo.

When selecting the right curl care products, make sure to pick ones that are sulfate free. For delicate curls, all natural products without harsh chemicals are best.

While it’s best not to use heat when styling curls, if you must make sure to use a heat protecting product. When possible, allow your curls to air dry. When you can’t wait, use a diffuser set to low heat.


When you’re washing your curls, section them out beforehand. Don’t pile your curls on top of your head and scrub. This can create knots and tangles, which leads to damage.

When detangling, make sure curls are wet or damp. Use a conditioner to create slip, then gently work through tangles.

Try to resist the temptation to wash your hair every day. Regular shampooing can dry out your delicate curls by removing moisture and natural oils.

Once your curls are dry, avoid touching them. Overtouching your curls can cause frizz and disrupt their natural pattern. After all the work you’ve done to make them look great, just let them be.

Avoid any products that have sulfates or parabens listed, even if you used them in the past. Your curls need more TLC than other hair types to look their best.

When styling, try to avoid applying too much heat to your curls.