Believe it or not, we can do things without realizing it that can damage your curls. We all have bad habits, but there are some that are especially bad for your hair. These are the habits that are harming your curls. Give this a read through to make sure you aren't falling into these curl-care traps!
The habits that are harming your curls
You're drying your hair with a regular towel:
If you're still rubbing your curls dry with a regular terry-cloth towel, then it's time to stop! Terry-cloth is hard on curls, as the loops can pull on and tear your curls. Therefore, if you're using one, put it down! Instead, use a microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt to gently blot your curls dry. This will remove water without harming your curls.
You're skipping conditioner:
As tempting as it can be, don't skip out on using conditioner, or adding a deep conditioning treatment to your curl care routine. Curls absolutely need the moisture that conditioners provider. Therefore, make sure you're always using a conditioner following shampooing, and detangle your curls during that time. Deep conditioners will also help make your curls much more manageable.
You're avoiding styling products:
In order to look their best and stay their healthiest, your curls need styling products. Avoiding them completely will leave your curls to become frizzy, out of control, and difficult to style. Luckily this issue is really easy to fix. How do you do it, you might ask? Use styling product! Take some time to learn about what types of products work best for your curls, and experiment with using various products to make sure your curls are looking their best.
You're applying products incorrectly:
When you get new products, it can be super tempting to just whip the bottle open and slather on products. However, this can make it seem as though your products aren't working correctly, or won't allow them to do what they need to to make your curls their best. Therefore, before you put product in your hair, read the instructions on the back of the bottle. Many products need to be applied to wet hair, as opposed to damp or dry to be their most effective.
You're overusing heat:
While heat can be a great tool to use on your curls, it can also really harm your curls. Heat removes moisture by drying out your curls, which can leave strands brittle, dry, and frizzy. With time, that can also lead to breakage. Therefore, you'll need to make sure you're avoiding using heat directly on your curls.