Trial and error is a big part of learning how to care for your curly hair. If you do not take time to learn what works and does not work for your hair, you will continue to lose at finding out what products will work for you.

Products are just one part of the equation, and there are several factors that can make or break your favorite style. My favorite style is the wash & go, which took time and effort to perfect. Here are five mistakes I made before I was able to get a fabulous wash & go style.

Wetting your hair daily

I was certainly not at my best a few years ago when I would wet my hair every day for better curl definition. I rewet my hair daily because I believed my curls had to look a certain way and I did not know how to properly seal in moisture. My hair loves water, but it is possible to give your hair too much moisture. I was also detangling too often.

When I cut down on the daily wetting, my shedding slowed down and my hair started to look noticeably better. Now I achieve great second or third-day hair by just leaving my hair alone.

Not properly sealing in the moisture

Properly sealing your hair is the key to keeping hair moisturized. Once I implemented the LOC method, my hair became shinier, less dry, and my wash & go lasts longer.

Not getting regular trims

I used to denounce trimming my hair. Big mistake. My raggedy, dry split ends made my slightly damaged hair even worse. When I finally got a trim, I noticed beautiful hair with less tangles and fairy knots. Now I get trims twice a year and my hair retains length and looks amazing.

Not protecting hair at night

Having perfect hair that blows in the wind requires more than perfect products and proper application; it also requires an excellent nighttime routine. Cotton pillowcases whisk away moisture and I have found that if my hair is dry at night, it will be even drier in the morning. Even if my hair is in perfect condition the night before, I must protect it with a satin pillowcase or my trusty Loc Soc.

Not using the right products

If you haven’t found cleansers, conditioners, and stylers that work for you, then your style will suffer. A perfect wash & go requires clean hair, so you need a shampoo that can remove product buildup. I do use cleansing conditioners, but have found that shampoos still serve a vital purpose. A great botanical conditioner I love is SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner. This creamy conditioner leaves my hair soft, moisturized, and defined with plenty of movement. Lastly, a great styler can enhance your curl definition and can provide the level of hold that you want.

Take your time in finding what your hair loves, and nurture your strands so you can rock nothing but exquisite wash & go hair!