With proper care, curls can be supremely beautiful (and create major hair envy among those with straight locks). While most curly and wavy haired girls know how to properly manage their spirals, there are still common mistakes that need to be avoided—read below to find out what you’re doing wrong.
1. Dry Combing
Once curly hair dries, the coils become intertwined and tangled, making them almost impossible to separate without causing breakage and split ends—and causing major frizz. Use a wide-tooth comb on wet hair so that it can glide through with ease instead of snagging on your strands.
The pressure created by a hair dryer can spoil curl formation and lead to flyaway hair and frizz. If you don’t have four hours to spare air-drying your curls, then a diffuser is a must-have item in your beauty arsenal. It can be attached to your blow dryer to reduce the air intensity, minimize frizz, and create volume.
Toni & Guy
label.m Magic Diffuser
US $15; AED/SAR 55
3. Wet Cut
Curly hair constricts once it dries, so to avoid a drastic trim, it’s recommended that you get a haircut when your strands are dry.
4. Towel Drying
Rubbing a towel through your strands after a shower causes friction that results in frizz. Instead, use the towel to pat or scrunch your coils to absorb water.
5. Too Much Heat
Curly hair is extremely dehydrated and requires as much moisture as possible. Use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week to fortify your spirals and promote the overall health of your mane. Avoid exposing your curls to extra heat from styling tools, such as straighteners and blow dryers that will further dry out your strands.
Signature Moisture Masque
US $59; AED/SAR 217
Homepage image: Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, Vogue, June 2011