The Mestiza Muse

Be Beautiful. Be Natural. Be You.

Be Beautiful. Be Natural. Be You.

10 Common Practices You Shouldn’t Do to Curls

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Things not to do to curly hair

We partner with and endorse products from trusted companies that benefit our readers. Here’s our process.

As a reader-supported platform, we may earn affiliate commissions for purchases made through links, including those advertising

Please read our disclosure for more info.

Embracing your natural curls should be a joy, not a daily battle. If your curls are giving you a hard time, we’ve got expert insights to make those curls your crowning glory without spending hours on maintenance. This guide delves into ten common practices to avoid in maintaining those stunning, healthy curls.

1. Overwashing Woes

Curly hair, whether wavy or coily, thrives with less frequent washing. Opt for a sulfate-free shampoo to maintain the health of your natural curls and avoid stripping away essential oils. Also, learn the art of co-washing. This will lead to the best results for maintaining healthy, vibrant curls.

2. Harsh Drying Techniques

Swap out your regular towel for a gentle microfiber towel to protect your natural curls during the drying process. This small change can make a big difference in the overall health of your hair.

Whether you prefer air-drying or using a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer, both methods can be suitable for different hair types. Learn how to use them effectively without compromising your natural curl pattern.

3. Ignoring the Detangling Process

Curly hair is prone to tangling, but you can easily navigate the detangling process with the right tools. Invest in the best products for detangling, such as a detangling brush or a wide-tooth comb, to ensure your hair strands remain healthy and undamaged during the detangling process.

Brushing your hair when wet with a good dose of conditioner with slip can minimize breakage and maintain the integrity of your hair shaft, a crucial aspect of caring for your curls.

4. Heat Overload

Ditch the curling irons and flat irons and embrace the versatility of your natural curls by experimenting with different styling products and curly hairstyles. Try heat-free styling techniques, including loose braids, buns, twists, flexi-rods, and Bantu knots. These options prove beneficial, especially when your hair is in the transitioning phase from damaged curls to a healthier state. When diffusing your hair, ensure you use a heat-protectant spray.

5. Neglecting Regular Trims

Regular trims are a must for maintaining the health of your natural curls. Trimming every 3-4 months is a good idea, whether you opt for DIY trimming, dusting the ends of your hair, or professional salon visits. Explore the best practices for trimming curly hair and why fellow curly girls often recommend professional salon visits for the best results.

6. Product Overload

The right hair products can make or break your curly hair care routine. Avoid using too many styling products. Learn your hair type and choose products that cater specifically to your natural curl pattern. Whether it’s shea butter or coconut oil, finding the right products can enhance the overall health of your curls.

7. Tight Hairstyles Troubles

Constantly wearing a tight ponytail can lead to breakage and affect the volume of your natural curls. Explore alternatives for protective styling that maintain the health of your hair. There are protective styles that will not compromise the well-being of your natural curls, such as loose braids or twists, offering protection without sacrificing style.

8. Sleeping on Unprotected Hair

Preserve your natural curls overnight by using a silk or satin pillowcase. This small change can have a significant impact on the health of your hair. Learn the art of pineapple-ing, a technique that involves gathering your hair in a loose ponytail on top of your head. This method helps maintain your natural curl pattern while you sleep.

9. Ignoring Weather Factors

Curly hair reacts to weather conditions, and caring for your curls involves adapting your routine based on the weather conditions. Explore how weather affects your hair and adjust accordingly. Protective styles are a great way to shield your natural curls from harsh elements in extreme weather.

10. Skipping Deep Conditioning

Deep conditioning is crucial in caring for your natural curls, but it’s not necessary for everyone. Find out why here. Explore DIY deep conditioning treatments with ingredients like avocado oil or aloe vera for an extra boost of nourishment. These treatments cater to the specific needs of your natural curls.

For those who need to deep condition, incorporate it into your routine at least once a week or bi-weekly for optimal results. Adjust the frequency based on your hair’s needs, ensuring your natural curls receive the care they deserve.


I’m just a girl who transformed her severely damaged hair into healthy hair. I adore the simplicity of a simple hair care routine, the richness of diverse textures, and the joy of sharing my journey from the comfort of my space.

My mission? To empower others with the tools to restore, and maintain healthy hair, and celebrate the hair they were born with!

My Favourite Things

Great hair goes beyond using shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. Shop my favorite must-haves.

After years of requests, I’m finally sharing my go-to skincare products.

Give your space a quick refresh with these ultimate home decor ideas.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure and make sure to pack these essential items to take with you on your journey.

Curl Care


Is High Porosity Hair Genetic?

Are you curious about whether the characteristic of high porosity hair is inherited? It’s a valid question, especially considering the link between high porosity and damaged hair. How could a

Read More »



10 Best Products for 2C Hair

2C, with its distinct s-shaped curls, represents the most defined pattern within the spectrum of wavy hair textures. This natural texture, lying at the intersection of straight hair and more

Read More »



One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted.
Do it now.

- Paulo coelho