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  • Krati Purwar
  • Editorial, 19 Feb 2022, 15:30 IST

Shower Mistakes To Avoid If You Have Curly Hair

Do you have curly hair? Here are a few mistakes you must avoid when washing your hair.
  • Krati Purwar
  • Editorial, 19 Feb 2022, 15:30 IST
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Curly hair is gorgeous and amps up your personality just like that. However, it is the maintenance part of curly hair that is a bit tricky. Everyone follows a different hair care routine and uses products according to their needs. However, the common concern remains the same, prevent hair damage, breakage and frizz.

Why Is It Difficult To Manage Curly Hair?

Straight hair tends to retain moisture, but curly strands dry out quickly and appear rough. Therefore, it is inconvenient to care for curly strands. It is crucial to use the correct styling and haircare products. 

What Are The Mistakes To Avoid?

Washing Hair More Times Than Required

washing hair

Curly locks are more vulnerable to damage than straight and wavy hair. Therefore, it is crucial to keep in mind that you do not wash them too often. Chemicals in shampoos can degrade the natural oil in the locks.

Shampoos also increase the risk of breakage and damage. Therefore, you must cross-check the ingredients in the product and ensure that it is free from the sulphate. It should have hydrating properties to maintain the moisturisation of the locks. Twice a week is enough to wash curly hair. For other times, you can get a good dry shampoo.

Using A Blow Dryer Incorrectly

We all know that excessive heat is bad for hair. Hence, experts recommend using a diffuser when blow-drying hair. It prevents the heat from directly affecting hair and also avoids frizz. One must not dry all hair using the air dryer. The best practice is to dry only 80% of hair using the appliance and let the 20% dry out in the air.

You must place your curls on the diffuser claw in a way that is closer to the scalp. While blow-drying, it is better to lift hair from the roots. It adds bounce and gives the illusion of volume. Use your palms to scrunch the strands softly and delicately.

Not Using The Correct Comb To Smooth Out Tangles

comb for curly hair

You cannot comb curly with just any kind of comb. A regular comb can pull your hair, make the strands weak in the roots and cause more damage to locks. The development of static tension causes more harm to strands than we can calculate.

Therefore, one must use a comb with wide teeth. The best way to smooth out the tangles is by picking up a smaller chunk of strands and brushing them slowly. Move upwards to the roots after smoothing out the tangled strands at the ends. You can even run fingers softly through your hair before brushing the locks with a comb.

Not Using Conditioner After Every Wash

Conditioning is a crucial part of the hair care routine. It maintains the hydration level and adds shine to the locks. It also makes the strands soft and silky. Therefore, it does not matter if you have curly, straight or wavy hair, you must skip applying the conditioner after wash.

However, the application of conditioner includes some steps that you must take care of. Before applying the conditioner, you must drench the strands for excess water. It will help the conditioner penetrate the layers and make the locks smooth and shiny.

Not Choosing The Right Shampoo

shampoo and conditioner

Irrespective of your hair type, it is important for women to choose the correct variety of shampoo. Most people mistakenly pick a product that harms the strands and can make your hair dry.

One must not use anti-dandruff shampoo often, or it messes with the moisturisation level of strands. It reduces the amount of natural oil in locks. You must also look that the shampoo does not contain harmful chemicals like mineral oils, parabens, SLS and sulphate. 

Washing Hair Harshly

A lot of women make the common mistake of rubbing strands with another. This vigorous style of cleaning, washing and drying leads to friction and breakage. It also damages the smoothness, and hair loses its shine.

When washing, you must use the tips of your fingers to massage the scalp gently and rub shampoo on hair. When drying, you can use an absorbent cotton towel with minimal loops. You can also use an old T-shirt. Just wrap it around the hair until it soaks up the extra dripping water.

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Not Choosing To Co-wash

Co-washing is washing hair just with water and conditioner. If you have to wash your strands more than twice a week, you can choose to just apply a conditioner and wash the locks. It remains gentle on hair and clears out dirt, pollution and dust. This way, you can maintain the health and hydration level of the strands.

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Curly locks have different challenges, but they are gorgeous. If you apply the correct practice, you can maintain the lustre and shine of strands. Stay tuned with Her Zindagi for more updates. 


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