Taking care of curly hair can be difficult. Each hair type has its own challenges but for those of us with a curly mane we have an increased likelihood of hair breakage, dryness, and extra frizz. Chances are if you have curly hair, you’ve dealt with one or more of these at some time. Is it too much to ask for frizz-free, bouncy, well-defined curls? The struggle is real. There are a few hair care habits that if avoided can help you keep your curls shiny, smooth, and intact. Here are seven things to avoid.
Are you over-washing your hair?
If you are shampooing your hair every day, you may be causing more harm than good. How often you wash your hair relies on several factors like your workout schedule, oil production, and how dry or moist your scalp is. Curly, textured hair needs to keep more of its natural oils to stay healthy. When you shampoo too frequently, it might dry out. When your hair is too dry, it is more likely to become damaged or break. Most suggest washing your hair once or twice a week.
Are you skipping conditioner?
Keeping your hair well-hydrated is important. Curly and textured hair types can dull, frizz, and dry quickly. Skipping conditioner can lead to these problems. Choose a hydrating conditioner that is specifically designed for use with curly hair. Preferably, use a leave-in conditioner. Make sure to choose conditioning that includes healthy ingredients like avocado oil, aloe vera, shea butter, or coconut oil.
Do you wait too long to apply styling products?
The sooner you can set your curls, the better it is. Applying styling products before the frizz has a chance to set in is ideal. This will mean applying them while your hair is still very damp. Waiting too long can be rough on the cuticle and your curls will be undefined and frizzy. Work them through your hair with closed hands instead of raking your fingers through your fragile curls.
Are you blow drying your hair the right way?
Air drying is the absolute best way to dry your hair. But there are times when you are in a hurry or need to get your hair dry faster. If you must use a blow dryer, add a diffuser. This will help limit how much direct heat is applied to your hair. This can help your hair be less frizzy.
Do you use a brush to detangle your hair?
A brush should not be used to detangle your hair after a shower. A fine-tooth comb will disrupt the curl patterns on textured hair, and you’ll end up with a huge, unruly mess. Try detangling your curls by gently combing them while you condition your hair in the shower. Use a wide-tooth comb to work the conditioner throughout the full length of your hair. Gently work your way from the ends up to the roots until it is free of knots.
Do you protect your hair while you sleep?
It may feel like a little much but protecting your hair during sleep is crucial for curly hair. The fabric used to make sheets, even expensive brands, is harsh on your hair. Wrapping your hair in a silk scarf or using a silk pillowcase helps protect your curls and reduce the friction they are exposed to while you are sleeping. You’ll find your curls are smooth, shiny, and lively in the morning.
Are you using hair products with sulfates?
Many shampoos contain sulfates to provide a rich lather. Sulfates dehydrate and strip your mane leaving them brittle and frizzy. You will want to opt for hair products that are moisture based to provide nourishment without stripping the strands of natural oils.
Ready to upgrade your curly hair routine?
Have you noticed more breakage or damage to your curly locks lately? Are you doing all you can to protect your hair? Maybe it’s time to add hair oil to your regimen. The natural oils at Lilyam can help repair damaged and broken hair, strengthen hair follicles, tame frizz, and reduce scalp inflammation. If you’d like to learn more about how our natural oils can help you achieve and maintain luscious locks, contact us. We would love to help you find the solution for your concerns.