If you’ve got curly hair, you understand that caring for it properly can be a struggle. Unlike having straight or wavy hair, curly hair can come with its own set of challenges. These can include breakage, frizz and dryness. Whatever type of curly hair you have, you have probably ran into some issues in your quest for bouncy, frizz-free, defined curls. Here is the scoop on some of the most curly hair mistakes and how you can avoid them to help keep your curly hair smooth, shiny and intact.

Over Cleansing

How often you wash your hair can be entirely dependent on many different factors, including scalp moisture, sebum production, workout schedule, etc., it’s recommended that those with curly hair types should keep shampooing to a minimum. This means you should try to avoid washing your hair every day. Textured hair needs to hold onto its oils to help it stay healthy and if it is shampooed too often, this can lead to damage and breakage. For the best results, then stick to shampooing once or twice per week.

Not Using Conditioner

Curly and textured hair will often lean more towards being dry, dull and frizzy. This is why it is crucial for you to keep your strands well moisturized. In other words, you shouldn’t skip on conditioning your hair. Using a hydrating conditioner specially made for curly hair types will give you a generous dose of hydration, nourishment, and protection that your hair won’t get from shampooing alone. Just make sure to look for hair-healthy ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil and aloe vera.

Waiting Too Long to Apply Styling Products

When you have curly hair, the sooner you can set the curls the better, this is why we recommend that you apply your styling products while your hair is still pretty damp and before the frizz has a chance to set in. if you wait too long you might end up roughing up your hair cuticles, causing your curls to become frizzy and unmanageable and undefined. When you apply your product, make sure you do so using closed hands, and take care not to rake your fingers through your curls, which can also cause frizz and damage.

Blow Drying Your Curls the Wrong Way

Air drying your hair whenever you can is the best choice for curly hair. With that being said, if you are going to blow dry your hair, be sure to use a diffuser attachment to help limit the amount of direct heat and forceful air hitting your curls. Using a diffuser can help keep your hair from being tossed around while you dry it, which creates less friction and less frizz.

Not Using a Leave-in Conditioner

With curly hair, it’s not enough to just condition your hair in the shower. Textured hair also needs a long-lasting product that will moisturize and protect it. It’s recommended that you invest in a lightweight leave-in conditioner. It can provide your hair with long-term moisture and nourishment and form a protective barrier.

If you are looking for a fresh start, come into A&O salons in Newport Beach and let us clean up your curly hair, giving you a brand new canvas to work with.