By Akash Burman
Natural curly hair is beautiful. Keeping it healthy and under control, however, does come with some challenges.
Here we will go over some very common mistakes that can make all the difference. And we bring you expert advice to make your curlers look fabulous.
- WASH OVER
All stylists agree on this : curly hair is not shampooed every day. You need much more than the straightforwardness of your natural protective oils to stay healthy.
Shampooing it every day will only make it brittle and dry. Every other day is more than enough.
- DRY WITH TOWEL
Terry cloth absorbs a lot of moisture at once, and causes hair to tangle. In addition, the texture contributes to increasing frizz.
It is best to use an absorbent cotton cloth, the type of fabric commonly used for T-shirts.
- BADLY USED DRYER
Another common mistake is the incorrect use of the hair dryer. While it is best to blow dry for curly hair, too much heat and too direct causes friction and leaves your hair electric and uncontrollable.
It is necessary to use a diffuser to avoid this phenomenon. Your curlers will appreciate it.
- ERRORS WHEN UNTANGING
It’s time to say goodbye to your hairbrush and narrow-toothed comb. If you brush or comb with them, what you will achieve is to disarm your curlers and get a mass of unruly hair.
The best thing is that you detangle your hair in the shower, with the conditioner. For that, use a thick comb.
- ONE SINGLE CONDITIONER
A single step of conditioner is not enough for curly hair. Remember that this type of hair needs more lubrication.
Using a cream rinse in the shower is necessary, but not sufficient. A leave-in conditioner or styling cream will help keep your curls defined and frizz-free.
- APPLY PRODUCTS LATE
Keep in mind that it is a mistake to wait until the hair is dry to apply styling cream or waxes. Doing so gives frizz time to do its job and create chaos.
Always apply styling products when your hair is still damp. This way you can better define your curlers, and block the appearance of frizz before it’s too late. Prevention is better than cure.
The type of shampoo you use is also relevant. The sulphates present in most hair care products, dehydrate the hair and remove their natural oils.
When choosing your next shampoo, look for those that do not contain sulfates. Using a product free of this substance will make your curly hair look much better.
- SLEEP WITHOUT PROTECTION
Experts agree that curls deserve special attention when it comes to sleep. Cotton sheets help to remove moisture and oils from your hair.
Also, the fabric is too rough for your delicate strands, and it can damage them. The quality of your sheets does not matter.