It's true, when it comes to taking care of our curls, we all make mistakes! While a few mistakes here and there aren't usually a big deal, with time it can add up to something more significant. Since we want your curls to be the best they can be every day, we thought we'd share some of the common mistakes curly girls make, as well as how to fix them.
Yup, you've probably heard us say this before, but we'll say it again: brushes (usually) aren't the friend of the curly girl. Most brushes pull, tear, and tug at your delicate strands, disrupting your natural curl pattern. This can make it hard for your strands to stay in place or hold their shape. When this happens, you'll find your strands are frizzy and difficult to take care of. Instead of a brush, use your fingers or a wide toothed comb to work through snarls without damaging your strands.
There are two mistakes in this category: blow drying and towel drying. Let's start with blow drying. While a hair dryer can definitely be beneficial in speeding up the drying process, without a diffuser you're going to do more harm than good. Instead of blasting your curls on high heat with a blow dryer, focus on carefully drying your individual curls on low heat using a diffuser. You'll notice your curls are softer, less damaged, and hold their natural shape better.
If you're still rubbing your curls dry with a terry cloth towel, we're officially asking you to stop. Terry cloth is designed with tiny loops, and those loops wreck your curls. It's as simple as that. When you rub your curls dry, you're disrupting your natural curl pattern, which creates frizz, breakage, and makes a big old mess out of your strands. Instead of toweling dry, swap for a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt, and gently squeeze the moisture from your curls.
While there is never anything wrong with sleeping, you can ultimately end up harming your curls if you just hit the hay without any precautions. Overnight, your curls can lose moisture, or be damaged by your pillowcase. We know, that's hard to hear. Fortunately, there's a very easy fix. Before heading to bed, put your curls in a gentle protective style, or tuck them under a bonnet or satin-lined cap. If that's not for you, swap out your regular cotton pillowcase for a silk or satin one. There are several affordable options online, and they make a huge difference when it comes to the overall health of your strands.