For many, learning the ins and outs of hair can be a lifelong journey, especially for those with curly and textured hair types: dryness, breakage, frizz, knots…the list is long. With so much misinformation out there, it’s hard to know which tips and tricks actually work.
Here are effective solutions to some of the most common mistakes people make, when styling curly hair — and how to manage it appropriately.
Mistake #1: You’re Washing Your Hair Too Often
Curl and textured hair is naturally drier than straight hair. Curly hair desperately needs natural oils to stay healthy and hydrated. If you wash your hair too often, including using a shampoo that contains harsh chemicals, your hair is stripped of its natural oils and remains dry and brittle.
The Solution: Try shampooing your hair, once or twice a week, and pay attention to what’s in your shampoo. Make sure the ingredients are working for you, not against you. LUS Brands’ Sulfate-Free Shampoo gently cleanses your hair and scalp without stripping them of moisture; is infused with the right amount of shea butter and moringa oil to leave your hair feeling clean and moisturized with every wash; and is colour-safe and great for all hair types.
Mistake #2: You’re Skipping the Deep Conditioning Treatment
Blow drying, plus years of straightening irons, equals long-lasting damage. This damage causes dryness, breakage and frizzy curls. While regular conditioning is essential, a deep conditioning treatment is non-negotiable.
The Solution: Incorporate a regular deep conditioning treatment. More moisture equals less frizz. Try LUS’ Deep Condition & Repair – it’s jam-packed with super ingredients, like aloe vera, shea butter, avocado oil and much more, designed to inject moisture into your strands, help repair past damage, and bring your hair back to life, faster. Works in 5-15 minutes and doesn’t need heat to activate.
Mistake #3: You’re Abusing Your Curls
Some of us were taught to brush our hair every day, to smooth out the tangles but, if you’ve been rocking your curls for a while, you know that this rule only applies to those with straight hair. Any stylist, who understands curly hair, knows that it should NEVER be brushed, when dry. It tugs against your natural curl pattern, causing serious breakage.
The Solution: Try to detangle in the shower, using just your fingers, while your hair is saturated with water and conditioner. The slip from the conditioner will help melt the knots and tangles without the pain. Tools can also be helpful. If you prefer to use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush, make sure its teeth are rounded, not pointy, to provide a more gentle glide along the scalp.
Mistake #4: Your Styling Technique Might Be Off
If you’re struggling to get your curls defined, you might need to tweak your styling routine. Many curly-haired people focus on the ends, but the roots are just as important for perfect curls.
The Solution: Always apply your product to wet hair. It’s the best way to get good curl clumps and reduce frizz, since your curls are in their most defined state when they’re wet. Even distribution is essential. Failing to apply your styling product evenly, from root to tip, can leave you with super-defined ends and frizzy roots, or vice versa. Applying in sections will help give every curl the same amount of product and attention. Simplicity is key, instead of applying product after product, try LUS Brands’ All-In-One styler for Wavy, Curly and Kinky-Coily hair types for soft, touchable curls with the perfect amount of bounce.