December 12, 2021
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What a day for a curl! You just woke up and you’re feeling that good ol’ natural spring in your step. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s time to get ready for work.
But wait… there’s one problem: your hair won’t cooperate.
No matter what you do or how much product you use, your curly locks turn into an unmanageable frizzy mess before 10 AM every morning.
Sound familiar? Well, fear not, because we’ve got some insider tips on how to handle those crazy curls without having to spend all night getting them looking presentable again! In todays article, we talk about things you shouldn’t do to curls.
Get the right tools: Sometimes the issue with unmanageable curly hair is simply that we’re trying to use the wrong tools.
If your hair is like a lion’s mane after you’ve let it air dry and then tried to tame it with a brush or comb, the first thing that needs changing is what tool you’re using.
Curls, like all other types of hair, can be brushed, however, it’s better to do so when the curls are wet. But, be super gentle and take your time so you won’t damage the hair.
Here are some great detangling brushes below;
Start at the bottom and work your way up, using a wide-tooth comb or detangling brush. If you have a lot of tangles, spray the hair with a leave-in conditioner or detangler to make things easier.
Brushing curly hair when it is dry may not only ruin the curl pattern but can also cause breakage, especially with tighter textures. Fortunately, there are detangling brushes for tighter textures which will make brushing easier. I love this brush and use it to detangle my hair while wet.
Determining the appropriate amount of moisture for curly hair can be a tricky business. Some people say that you should wet your curls every day, while others insist that it’s okay. So, what’s the right answer? Since the answer is already written, click here take to a look at the science behind wetting your curls!
“The truth is that while we need moisture in our hair in order for it to be healthy, water can also be very damaging to your hair. In fact, the more damaged your hair is, the more damaging water is to it.”Tonya McKay Becker, Polymer Scientist and Cosmetic Chemist
Conditioner is an essential part of any hair care routine, but can you use too much conditioner in your hair? The answer may surprise you!
Yes, it is possible to use too much conditioner! Over-conditioning your hair might backfire and cause it to be greasy, limp, and unmanageable. Believe it or not, but using too much conditioner over time can also cause build-up in your hair.
When you over-condition your hair, each cuticle is heavily coated and contributes more moisture than required.
Other hair treatments cannot get through your cuticle and function correctly because of this. Furthermore, your hair can become mushy and lose volume.
Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, using a cotton bath towel is bad for curly hair for many reasons. Cotton is a fabric that absorbs moisture, which can lead to frizzy and dry hair. It can also cause your hair to become matted, tangled, and break.
There’s a lot of debate on whether or not buns are bad for curly hair. Some people say that buns are the best way to keep your curls looking polished and sleek, while others believe that buns put too much stress on curly hair, leading to frizz and breakage.
So, what’s the truth? Are buns bad for curly hair? Let’s take a closer look.
There is nothing wrong with wearing your hair in a bun, however, if it’s pulled back too tightly, that’s where the problem can occur. Hair loss happens if you pull your hair tightly on a regular basis.
There’s an actual medical term for this type of hair loss, called traction alopecia. The constant tug can cause damage to the hair follicles, which can lead to permanent hair loss.
So, loosen the bun or ponytail a bit to reduce the tension, especially around the hairline.
There is nothing wrong with following someone else’s method or routine or trying the products and methods they use, but you must be mindful of the fact that their curl pattern, porosity, state of condition may be different from your own.
You have to learn to pay attention to your hair’s needs. It sounds easy, but it will take trial and error to figure out what your hair likes and doesn’t like, needs or, doesn’t need, so be patient.
There’s no reason to avoid certain ingredients unless you know you have a problem with them. For example, my hair may need extra protein and your hair doesn’t.
My hair is dyed and needs the extra protein, whereas your hair is not dyed and doesn’t need as much protein. Make sense?
Most hairstylists are not trained to cut or deal with curly hair. It is important to find a stylist who knows how to cut and style curly hair. Curly hair has a spring factor.
When a curl is pulled down and stretched out, it may be up to several inches longer than when it’s at its relaxed state, and this is the very reason why curly hair is cut dry, in its natural form, and without tension or elevation.
If everything else fails and you still don’t know what to do with your curly locks, and you’re sick of all the trial-and-error, visit a curly hair professional who can help you find the right products and methods for your unique curly pattern.
Ask friends or the curly hair community for recommendations. Trust me, your locks will thank you.
It’s no secret that some curly hair types should avoid specific products and styles to look their best. But what are those things? And more importantly, how do you know if you have one of them?
Here are a few things curly hair should avoid:
Curly hair is a BEAUTIFUL thing. It can be hard to maintain and frustrating at times, but it’s worth the effort!
We hope this post has been helpful and informative. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below or by contacting our team by sending us an email.
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