Keeping your curls healthy and happy can seem like a full-time job.
From which products to use to dangers to avoid, there is a lot of information to take in regarding caring for your natural hair. Let us make it a little easier with our list of the top 10 do's and don'ts for healthy curls.
Moisturize like your curls depend on it -- because they kind of do. In terms of keeping hair healthy, moisture is key for maintaining healthy curls, which tend to be drier than other hair types. Using a nourishing leave-in conditioner every day in between wash day is a good way to do it.
Don't overload on products
One of the biggest parts of do's and don'ts for healthy curls is finding the balance between giving your hair the amount of product it needs and keeping it free from product buildup. The best way to do this is to know the right portion per product. For example, most shampoo and conditioners should be around the size of a quarter with styling products being more on the side of two dimes.
Don't shampoo as often
Everytime you shampoo your hair, you are stripping it of natural moisture. A better goal is to wash your hair every 3-4 days, depending on your personal needs. It is also important to find the right shampoo for your hair type. It is a good idea to steer clear of sulfates when shampooing since they can strip hair of natural moisture even faster.
Refresh hair regularly
While you may have figured out your shampoo schedule, refreshing might be a newer concept. Many curlies claim that their second-day hair look is usually the best one; cocktailing with a leave-in and water mix on dry strands for days three and four can add the needed moisture for strands to stay fresh and beautiful in-between washes.
Don't neglect a protective style
Wear a protective style to protect your strands against damage and to just give them a general break from manipulation. However, you should only leave a protective style in for a maximum of 8 weeks -- anything past this point can lead to issues like breakage or split ends.
Handle edges with care
Your edges are the most fragile part of your hair. They require special care and consideration. This area needs to be treated with care by not wearing overly tight styles which can tug on the edges and lead to breakage. Depending on your hair texture, you may also want to avoid brushing your edges since this can lead to breakage for those with fine hair textures.
Don't detangle dry
It is usually easier to work through tangles in the shower when your hair is loaded up with your favorite slippery conditioner. You can also use a detangling brush post shower with plenty of leave-in conditioner to ease each knot without ripping out your hair.
You are doing a major disservice to the health of your curls everytime you go without wrapping your hair before bed. The pillowcase tugs on your hair and edges, creating friction which will make you wake up with more than just bedhead. Wrapping your hair in a silk or satin bonnet ensures protection.
Don't use harsh hair dye
Lay off the heat
While heat tools can be a quick fix and an easy way to achieve your desired look, it can damage hair. Too much heat can lead to dryness and brittle strands. To keep your curls healthy and as natural-looking as possible, learn to master the wash and go.
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