Updated: Oct 24, 2020
Loving Your Curls
Sometimes, in order to understand what to do, I have to know what not to do. Today, I want to look at some big no-no's when it comes to curl care.
First, resolve that you are going to treat yourself well and embrace your curls. One of the worst things you can do to curls in the first place is to fight them, to try and manage them by any means necessary. Your curls aren’t a bad thing. They aren’t messy in and of themselves, and they’re not unprofessional.
Beauty on the Inside
For healthy curls, the place you have to start is on the inside. Try to feed yourself well, drink plenty of water, and try to sleep enough. Healthy hair has a head start on beauty, and your curls can’t be at their best if they’re not healthy.
Mistake #1: Too much heat styling
Never blast your wet curls with high, dry heat. It’ll separate the strands, activate every baby hair and bit of frizz you have, and ruin your ends. Try a diffuser if you really want to heat style, and use cool air.
Mistake #2: Too much friction
Don’t rub your curls with a towel! Friction separates the hairs and rubs your hair straight into frizz. Your curls need to be treated extra gently when they’re wet. You want to touch them as little as possible while they’re drying, whether you’re letting them air dry or not.
Mistake #3: Over-washing
Over-washing strips the sebum, or natural hair oil, that your scalp makes. Over-washing makes your scalp dry and separates your curls, leading to frizz and an itchy scalp. Curls crave moisture, so wash with a mild shampoo, and wash with shampoo less often. Feel free to ask us about different ways to wash your curls that don’t include shampoo.
Mistake #4: Lack of conditioning and moisture
Your curls are thirsty! But you know what’s fun? Trying different conditioning products! You can try conditioners that you apply in the shower and rinse out as much or as little as you like. Or, try a leave-in conditioner before air drying or drying with a diffuser. Experiment with oils, starting at the ends and moving upward as much as you desire. Conditioners make your hair healthier, define your locks, make the hairs shine, and clean up frizz. Plus, there are plenty of products that smell incredible, whether you’re a sugar-sweet babe, love that herbal vibe, or live for spice—or prefer no scent at all.
Mistake #5: Brushing and fine-combing
There are times where fine-combing is appropriate, and you should listen to your stylist on this one, but in general, we recommend staying away from fine-combing your curls. Use a wide-toothed comb in a smooth material, like wood, or your fingers. Brushing your curls separates the strands, destroys curl definition, and produces frizz.
Mistake #6: Wearing tight styles too often
Pulling on your curls does nothing good for them and doesn’t help growth. Very dense or kinky hair can be brittle and break off if pulled into a tight style for a long time or over and over. Pulling on the scalp also causes headaches and puts stress on the skin of the scalp. If you want to wear a protective style to help your hair grow out, make sure that your stylist doesn’t build it too tightly. Go with what feels comfortable.
Mistake #7: Being a stranger
Finding the right curl care is a highly individualized process, which is why I get to know each one of my clients’ unique beauty and needs. Each head of curls is its own unique gift to the world. Come down to I Am Sadie so that your curls can find a home. I can’t wait to meet you!
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