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Best ways to avoid crunchy curls

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Is there anything worse than spending all this time styling your curls, only to have them come out crunchy and stringy? Crunchy curls fell out of style in the 80s, so unless you're going to an 80s themed birthday party, odds are you don't want to have your strands feel sticky or crunchy. Additionally, when curls go down that crunchy rabbit hole, they can often feel sticky. However, it doesn't have to be that way! Leave the crunchy curls and the AquaNet hairspray behind with these best ways to avoid crunchy curls. Your strands will look fabulous, full, and soft!

Best ways to avoid crunchy curls

To get started, you'll want to figure out why your curls are crunchy. Otherwise, how will you know what to avoid? There are several things that can cause crunchy, stringy curls. Here are a few:

Buildup on curls: too much product can drag your strands down, leaving them sticky and hard to hold their natural shape. If you're noticing this is the case, you'll want to clarify your curls to remove excess product or oil.

Not using enough deep conditioner: this is something that should be done weekly, at the very least. Deep conditioners restore moisture to curls, which will help them stay plump. You can alternate with a protein treatment to help strengthen your strands.

Removing too much water: after your shower, you don't want to wring your hair totally dry. Leave some water behind in your hair to let your hair absorb products better.

Not using leave in: curly hair is often dry hair. Therefore, you need to regularly be using a leave in conditioner to help your curls maintain their natural levels of moisture.

Using products with alcohols: there is nothing worse for your curls than alcohols, as they can be extremely drying to your strands. Check your curl care products, especially gels and mousses for the following ingredients. If you see any of these, chuck the product and find a new one.

  • Benzyl alcohol 
  • Alcohol denat
  • Ethanol alcohol
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Propanol alcohol
  • Isopropanol alcohol
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