Understanding how to care for your curls and having a good regime in place is essential to having beautiful, healthy curls. Have you ever wondered if your routine is actually working and giving you the results you want? There are some things you simply can’t avoid, such as minimal breakage and split ends. However, having minimal breakage or splits means your routine is working. Here are some other ways you can tell your regime is working:
You’re knowledgeable about your curls: You know what your curls need! Every curl is different and each curly girl has to do different things to keep her curls healthy. If you’ve identified products that work well for your curls, keep using them. Don’t be afraid to mix up products that aren’t doing what you want or to add oils to conditioners to make them work better for you.
Your curls shine: Shine is an indicator of health. If you’ve washed away all products and your curls are still shiny and bouncy, you’re doing something right. This means your curls are well moisturized, smooth and defined.
You have minimal shrinkage: Shrinkage is bound to happen at some point for all curlies, but if you’ve managed to keep yours to a minimum, you’re winning. Additionally, if your curls contract when wet, that means they’re fully of elasticity, which means they’re healthy! Don’t be afraid of a little shrinkage.
You can skip a day: It can be truly irritating to feel beholden to your curl care regime. However, life happens and sometimes you don’t have time for moisturizing, you might let yourself go a few extra days between washes or you over style while you’re in a rush. During this time, you shouldn’t notice excessive shedding or breakage. It’s normal to notice some light shedding but you shouldn’t wake up with clumps on your pillowcase. If you can go a few days between treatments, your curls are most likely healthy!