It seems as though there are tons of blogs, articles, and posts on taking care of curls. It can be difficult to sort through all the information to figure out just what is the right thing to do when it comes to caring for your curls. Once you know what to do, taking care of curls becomes pretty easy. However, here's how you might be ruining your curls, and how to avoid these pitfalls.
There's a lot that can go wrong with curl care products. For starters, you might find you're actually using your curly care products incorrectly. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but one of the most simple is people don't always read the instructions. Before applying your product, take a few minutes to read the bottle to make sure you're doing it correctly. This will save you aggravation and money, as you won't end up wasting your expensive products. You might also discover you've utilizing the wrong type of product for your curls. What works for your friends may or may not work for you. Read reviews, ask your friends, and experiment to find the right products for your individual curls.
Using a terry towel:
While it was ok when you were a kid, grown up you shouldn't be using terry cloth towels to dry your curls. The loops in the fabric pull and tear at delicate strands, creating frizz. Instead of roughing up your hair with a towel, opt to use a microfiber towel or a t-shirt to gently squeeze excess water from your strands. This will allow your curls to retain their shape without creating frizz or disrupting your curl pattern.
Not prepping for sleep:
Try to avoid hitting the hay without taking care of your curls beforehand. This could include pineappling your curls, tying them into a loose topknot, or utilizing a loose braid to help protect curls. You can also opt to use a silk or satin pillowcase to help keep your curl pattern intact.
Touching your hair too much:
If you can't keep your hands out of your curls, odds are you're going to have some problems. Every time you touch your hair, you're going to disrupt your natural curl pattern. Try to keep your hands to yourself as much as possible to avoid creating a frizzy mess on your head.