Caring for and keeping curly hair healthy takes some discipline, especially if you want to avoid snags and tangles. And while we’ve all had these issues – it’s hard to find someone with curls, types A through C, who hasn’t struggled to tame their hair before work or an event – they’re totally possible to have more good hair days than bad. Start by breaking a few habits that hurt more than they help.
Check out several things to avoid doing to your curls, according to experts, below.
When refreshing your curls, don’t use too much water
Because curls need moisture, it might seem logical to use as much water as possible to refresh them between washes, but that’s actually the wrong approach, says celebrity hairstylist and hairstylist Justi Embree. Embree Theory Hair. In the end, your curls want keep humidity, and their ability to do so is determined by two factors: the porosity and the condition of the hair. As a result, less is more: overwatering coils can lead to a variety of problems, including dry, brittle wicks and lifeless, dull tangles. To maintain or refresh the integrity of your curls, make sure you have a few waterless products on hand and never skip the conditioning process, which helps you lock in moisture longer (no refresher necessary) . Adds famed curl expert and Curl Queen founder Nai’vasha, feeding your coils will help them look their best.
Never forget to protect your curls at night
A nightly routine that doesn’t include covering your hair before sleep can lead to frizzy curls. Regardless of your hair type, most experts recommend protecting your locks while you sleep, and this is especially true for those with curly or frizzy hair. “This is where the discipline of your hair routine comes in,” notes Embree, adding that styling your curls will be much easier if you wake up with a solid starting point. And what if you don’t cover your hair? The fibers of the fabrics of your pillowcase press against your curls and disturb them; protecting your hair with a satin-lined headgear, on the other hand, will leave your hair soft and manageable for the day ahead. “You’ll notice an immediate difference in the morning,” says Embree.
Avoid hooded dryers in salons
As a general rule, Nai’vasha advises against overexposing your curls to hot tools, including the hair dryer, as this can cause irreversible damage. What if you’re in the living room? Avoid hooded radiators at all costs. “To define your curls, stay away from hooded dryers,” she explains. When it comes to styling textured hair overall, Embree says the blow dryer is not your friend. “Hooded hair dryers are designed to evaporate moisture and are therefore ineffective for styling moisture-loving hair. Let your hair air-dry naturally so it can retain just the right amount of moisture. “, she adds.
Don’t over-exfoliate your scalp or over-wash your hair
In Embree’s experience, most hair textures require a clarifying shampoo, which exfoliates the scalp and removes buildup, once a month. Any more than that, she warns, will deplete your strands of nourishing sebaceous oil produced by your scalp. “Your hair will most likely turn into a parched disaster if you deprive it of moisture,” she says. The reverse is also true: underwashing is not the answer either. Nai’vasha advises against co-washing — which means skipping shampoo and using a cleansing conditioner instead — your hair excessively. “At least once a week, your hair should be thoroughly cleaned,” she says.
Avoid brushing your hair when it’s dry
Curly hair tends to lack natural oil at the ends, especially because the oil comes from the roots; getting it for your purposes can be a challenge. According to Embree, those with loose wave patterns may be able to brush on this nourishing oil after drying your hair, but the rest of the curly-haired community should avoid doing so at all costs. Brush out curls, damp Where dry, can be tricky, but “things happen,” notes Embree. “If you have to brush your hair while it’s still wet, [which is safer], spray it with water from a spray bottle to loosen tangled hairs. Be sure to use a detangling brush suitable for your hair type when brushing, and avoid going to bed while curls are still damp (this could lead to severe tangles).
Keep your hands on your curls and don’t style them until they’re dry
Curls look great when wet, and Embree advises not to touch them while they dry. According to Nai’vasha, combing back and teasing curly hair is a bad idea because it makes curly hair look frizzy. “The more you touch your curls, the kinkier they get, the wider they get, and the less definition they’ll be,” she says. Therefore, Embree suggests waiting until your hair is completely dry before styling it: “Once it’s dry, gently separate the curls or curls.”
Don’t skip haircuts
Your hair behaves like a growing plant: if you don’t cut it, you’ll likely end up with breakage and lack of growth. Embree stresses the importance of seeing your favorite barber for regular trims so you can maintain consistent growth and control damage if needed.
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