It’s no secret – having curly hair can often be a handful! Whether you spend your time wishing you had straighter locks, or don’t know the best way to take care of your curls, having curly hair can sometimes feel like a blessing and a curse. Curly hair can be more susceptible to damage – it’s often dryer and more frizzy than straighter hair types. As you can see, the struggle is real! We’re here to help you take care of your curls and give you a few common mistakes to avoid on your quest for luscious, healthy locks.
Don’t over-shampoo your hair
As we said, curly hair types are much more prone to dryness and breakage. Curls thrive off your natural hair oils and the more you shampoo, the less opportunity these natural oils have to do their work. Frequent shampooing can really dry out your strands, leading to frizzy, damaged curls. We recommend keeping shampooing to a minimum if your hair is on the curlier side. Let those natural oils nourish your locks!
Use styling products on damp hair
If you like to define your curls with a curl cream, mousse, or gel, it’s always best to work with damp hair. Not only does this give the products the opportunity to work better, it helps to eliminate frizz. Waiting too long can rough up the hair cuticle. What does this mean? Frizzy, undefined curls that will be super hard to maintain. No thank you!
Skip the dryer or use a diffuser
When it comes to curly hair, air drying is always best! Use a microfibre towel to gently scrunch those locks so they’re not dripping water everywhere, then let them dry naturally for minimal frizz and healthy strands. If you need to speed up the process a little, we recommend using a diffuser attachment on the end of your hair dryer to limit the amount of direct heat being applied to your curls. Not only will this protect them from heat damage, it will stop the dryer from causing frizz and blowing your hair in all directions!
Your curls are super delicate – that’s why it’s essential to protect them while you sleep. Cotton pillowcases can be pretty harsh on your locks, disrupting their curl pattern while also causing breakage. Not only this, cotton can soak up moisture, meaning your natural hair oils won’t be able to work their magic. Instead, they’ll end up in your pillowcase! Switching to a silk pillowcase or wrapping your curls in a silk scarf will go a long way to protecting those spirals. Plus, your curl pattern will be preserved, leading to defined, healthy curls!