If you have naturally curly hair, count yourself lucky. You have hair that others try to emulate with all kinds of curling irons, chemical products, and trips to the salon. You wake up with that hair every day. Yet you also have to take special care of your curly hair to keep it looking its best. You can care for your hair the way many articles advice, because your hair has special needs. Here are a few common mistakes you might be making with your curly hair:
Straightening hair isn’t necessarily a mistake, but it can be if you don’t do it right or if you do it excessively. Too much heat can damage your curly hair and cause it to become dry and frizzy. Keep the straightening to a minimum, and always use heat-protecting products on your hair when you do. Never apply chemical straightener without consulting a professional, to avoid doing major damage that could result in spending hundreds of dollars to correct.
Brushing your curly hair will only pull out the curls and either make them look limp and lackluster or make them frizz out, depending on the type of curls you have. Instead, you should get in the habit of “brushing” out any knots with your fingers or a very wide toothed pic or comb. Never “dig in” large sections of hair – always break up hair into small sections to prevent major frizzing. If your hair starts to get tangled and knotty, you may be neglecting your finger combing or the hair may be too dry. You can then get out a brush or a comb for a deep de-tangling.
Cutting curly hair too short can cause it to poof up and make you look like a poodle fresh from the groomers. Give your hair enough length to lie in a soft and beautiful cascade. Also make sure that you have enough layers in your hair when you cut it. Otherwise, the ends will stack on top of each other, forming the dreaded “triangle head.”
Blow drying your curly hair is a recipe for a frizzy disaster. The heat will strip your hair of its essential, natural moisture. Consider towel drying and then either using a large house fan or even riding around with your windows down in your car! If you must blow dry your hair, always do so with a diffuser and use a cool setting. Otherwise, it is best to let your hair air dry after showering.
Using the Wrong Products
Not all products are designed for curly hair, even if they say so on the label. You may need to do a lot of trial and error before you find exactly the right products for your particular curls. Look for products that nourish hair and moisturize it. Avoid products with sulfates, which can strip the hair.
Avoid making these mistakes, and you’ll have beautiful, curly hair that you love to show off to everyone.