There are a lot of ways curly hair can go wrong. The following are the top curly hair mistakes you're making. Read on and learn more about your curls and how to get the most out of your curls.
The Top Curly Hair Mistakes You're Making
Detangling dry curls:
If you're working through snarls while your hair is dry, we and your curls beg you to stop. It can be painful to work on knots while your hair is dry. However, it can also create damage by pulling and tearing your delicate strands. Since naturally coily and kinky hair is generally more dry already, you don't want to risk damaging it. Instead, make sure you're moisturizing your curls before detangling. You can do this by spritzing them water, or by using conditioner in the shower prior to shampooing/cleansing.
Not using the correct amount of product:
This one is a double edged sword. Overusing product can cause curls to be weighed down, while under using it can result in it not working as well as it could. To avoid frustration, make sure you fully understand your curl type before jumping into using product. For example, if your have thin, fine strands you will most likely want to avoid using butters or heavy creams, as this could weigh down strands. Don't be afraid to “cocktail” your products together to create the right mixture for you.
If you're one of the curly girls who swears by exclusive cowashing, feel free to skip this tip. However, some curlies find that only cowashing can end up weighing your curls down in the long term. Consider utilizing a shampoo once in awhile to help break up extra build up on your scalp. Make sure yopu follow up with a deep conditioning treatment to replace any lost moisture.
Overly manipulating your curls:
A lot of curlies believe they have to always keep their strands in protective styling, especially while they're growing out. however, this isn't necessarily true. Over manipulation of your curls can lead to more damage, as strands become pulled and stressed. Try alternating between protective styles and allowing your curls to be free, such as a wash and go style. When you do wear your hair up, don't pull too hard on the strands and use gentle hair ties.
Start from the inside out:
Remember, good curls start from the inside out. If you're not taking good care of yourself, all the hair products, deep conditioning treatments, and trims in the world won't be as effective as they could. Try to make sure you're getting enough rest, have a balanced diet, and drink plenty of water.