It’s easy to believe how hard it is to take care of curly hair. In most cases, all the difficulty comes from curls’ moisture and lock it in hair as long as you want. But the worst scenario here is when you are making bad habits in your daily routine, reflecting on your curls with alarming results, especially the part linked to your hair moisture.
Some of these bad habits can cause significant damage for the long term in your curls, and the other part of them will shock you from its role in changing the hair nature. Fortunately, the solutions will restore curly hair moisture when you stick with it. While ignoring, it will lead to dehydrated and brittle curls for sure.
Washing curls everyday
Realizing that hair is dirty and needs to be cleaned can be annoying. Some curly girls may have to shampoo their hair more than once a week, and that’s the worst thing you can ever do to your hair. To understand how bad this habit is, you should know that our scalps secrete a fatty substance called sebum, and in curly hair, the sebum or any other oily materials doesn’t travel down the hair as quickly as it does on straight hair because of curl formation.
Any kind of shampoo works to rid the scalp of natural oils, making hair difficult to style. So using it daily will reduce the hair moisture. There are several suggested solutions that curly hair experts recommend to avoid this habit or solve it optimally:
- Try washing hair less frequently, especially if your curls feel dry.
- Wash your curly hair with conditioner instead of using shampoo (Co-wash).
It is worth noting some washing method like water-only that doesn’t require any use of shampoo or other cleaning products. But until now, there is no research about the benefit or downside of using this method.
Just remember there is no one stand rule for washing curls or any hair type in general. It depends on lifestyle, activity, or scalp nature. And any washing method you are looking forward to trying in the future, you should stick with it at least for a month.
Using wrong hair products
A lot of hair care products contain harmful ingredients. But when it comes to curly hair care, bad chemicals, or any other harmful ingredients can cause long-term damage without even realizing that.
For example, Silicon is a type of plastic and cannot deny what it provides to curly hair, such as slip and shine. But it also repels moisture and air, and all benefits obtained from Silicon can be avoided because it’s all illusional, and by that time, the amount of damage from it will ruin the curly hair.
Another example of harmful ingredients is sulfates or nasty chemicals in general (we will explain each of them in separate articles). The solution here will be following healthy hair routines, wherein most of them focus on avoiding harmful ingredients to retrain the natural, healthy curls again.
Washing with hot water or use heat for drying and styling
Many of us believe that washing hair with hot water has more benefits in cleaning the scalp from any dirt. That most likely true but, for naturally curly hair (or any hair type in general), this will be a horrible thing that can remove moisture from curls and make it shrink and expand hair strands.
Whether from drying or styling, whenever heat damages your curls, the side effects from it will still be on your hair until you get rid of it, no matter what you do later. Of course, It is not a useful solution here unless the damaged sections of the curly hair strands end up being cut.
Not protecting hair while sleeping
What makes curly hair special from other hair types is the spiral shape of it, and if you have one, you will understand how hard it is to keep them good-looking. Sleeping with curly hair in the wrong way can leave curls looking matted and messy.
The moisture of curly hair can be quickly gone if you use cotton pillowcases that absorb the natural oils and scratch hair strands. Using silk or satin pillowcases (or pillow covers) will prevent cotton’s lousy effect on curls and protect hair structure.
The method used for styling hair before or while sleeping also has a significant impact on curly hair for the next morning; it is common to use the pineapple hair technique, which allows to prevent tangled hair and preserve curls overnight. And yes, your hair should be the same as pineapple when you make it correctly.
Washing the whole head with shampoo
Shampoo products are intended for washing head scalp only while using it on entire hair strands will strip curls off moisture and natural oil by the time and make it a freezy look.
The perfect way to wash the head is to use fingertips (NOT NAILS) to scrub the scalp and clean it from dirt, product build-up, and let the shampoo foam with washing water go down on the end of the hair without rubbing it.
Not protecting hair before and after swimming
Swimming pool chemicals can ruin curly hair, such as chlorine used as the main sanitizing component, which can cause chemical reactions that result in changes to curly hair. Luckily there are some steps to take which reduce chemical damage.
First of all, before swimming, rinse curly hair with water; It is essential to decrease the amount of chlorinated pool water that the head scalp absorbs. After that, you should use an oil mask on your hair to retain more moisture and protect hair while swimming. Finally, It’s worth noting to wear a swim cap if you don’t mind or care that much about your look in the swimming pool.
After swimming, Cleanse the curly hair with products that can remove chlorine and other pool chemicals, provide your hair strands with desired moisture, and don’t forget to use a deep conditioner to reduce the damage caused by exposure to hair from strong chemicals such as chlorine.
One of the essential steps to get stunning, shiny curls is to moisturize them regularly based on their needs. Our daily routine or habits from day to day (which in most part be bad) affect hair moisture over time. We do not realize the extent of the damage to curly hair until we notice the curls’ terrible changes.