Are you guilty of these curly long hair no-nos?
Managing curly long hair is no easy feat. This hair type tends to have a life of its own, tending to go from manageable to a hot mess in less than a minute. No wonder a lot of curly-haired Pinays opt to have their locks straightened–it’s way easier to maintain in our humid climate.
You can still rock curly long hair, no matter the weather! You just have to stick to the right styling regimen and, more importantly, a nourishing hair care routine. Curly haired girls, read on and get the most beautiful hair of your life!
Don’t do these to your curly long hair
1. You comb your hair.
Combing out your curls is a cardinal sin, especially when they’re already dry. This causes the curls to break up, making you more prone to frizz. Instead of yanking on your curls with a fine-toothed comb after a bath, gently detangle your hair using either your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Twirl each cluster of curls, set it in place, then scrunch it. Not so hard, right?
2. You shampoo your hair too often.
Curly hair tends to be dry, and oils help provide the moisture it needs. Overcleansing your hair can remove the natural oils on your scalp, which help keep your strands smooth and healthy.
Editor’s tip: Try to wash your hair only twice or thrice a week, and use a moisturizing shampoo like TRESemme Smooth and Shine Shampoo to keep your hair hydrated.
3. You use your hair dryer on full blast.
Do you aim your blow dryer at its highest setting on your dripping wet hair every morning? If so, please nix this habit. It can permanently damage your hair, leaving you with even more unmanageable locks. Go easy on the heat, and always use a diffuser when blow-drying your hair. Better yet, just air-dry your hair, making sure to not touch it too much: You’ll have gorgeous curls and you’ll also get to save on electricity!
4. You don’t use conditioner.
Using a hair conditioner is a necessity for curly hair. It gives your locks extra moisture, making it less frizzy and easier to manage. Use Dove Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner after shampooing and leave it on for at least five minutes before rinsing it off so the nutrients can penetrate your hair strands.
Editor’s tip: You can also deep condition your hair at least once a week using the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Treatment Mask for extra moisture–leave it on while catching up on your favorite TV show for a relaxing afternoon!
5. You touch your hair too often.
It’s very tempting to keep touching curly hair throughout the day to make sure that each ringlet is still in place. It seems like a harmless habit, but it’s actually a major culprit of frizz. Constantly twisting and twirling your curls also make your hair stressed, causing it to fall off. Just accept that your hair’s going to have a life of its own.
6. You don’t use styling products on your hair.
Editor’s tip: TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse defines your ringlets and keeps them in place without weighing them down. Simply pump a dollop of it into your palm and work it around your locks, scrunching the ends to shape your curls.
7. You go to an inexperienced hairstylist.
Yes, your choice of hairstylist matters a lot. Not all hairstylists know how to cut curly hair properly, especially here in the Philippines, where curly girls often get asked if they want a rebond upon entering a salon. A hairdresser who knows what he’s doing will cut your hair dry and snip off your strands according to your curl pattern. He can also teach you how to style and maintain your waves. It might take some trial and error to find “the one,” but when you do, it’ll be totally worth it.
You don’t have to resort to straightening your curls to get a manageable mane. All you need is patience, practice, and a sense of appreciation for the gorgeous hair you were born with. Next time you feel the need to pick up the flat iron, try our tips first and see the difference!
Next read: Now that we’ve covered what you shouldn’t do to curly long hair to keep it beautiful, let’s move on to hairstyle for your gorgeous locks. You will be wasting no time with this Wash and go hairstyle for natural curly hair advice.