65% of women across the globe have naturally curly or wavy hair. And unlike pin-straight tresses, curly and wavy hair require more styling and care to prevent frizz, tangles and dryness. Unfortunately, most curly-haired men and women are guilty of styling no-nos that leave the hair brittle, frizzy and downright messy! In today’s post, we are setting the record straight on some of the most persistent curly hair myths:
1. Myth: Brushing curly hair regularly can lead to straighter tresses
Brushing naturally curly hair agitates the curls, causing ruffled tresses. Sure, the hair seems flat after a good brushing but this effect won’t last for long. If you have tight to medium curls, ditch the brush and use your fingers to loosen the curls instead. Extremely curly hair is prone to breakage. Brushing tight curls could cause the hair follicles to weaken too because of friction. We recommend finger combing curly hair in the shower and apply a hydrating conditioner. Then, brush the hair only when it’s damp.
2. Myth: Normal shampoos work on curly hair
No, you need to use shampoos that are specifically formulated for curly or wavy hair. Some shampoo chemicals can strip the hair of moisture, causing frizz and dryness. If you have curly hair, don’t use shampoos with sulfates. Sulfates are foaming agents that strip the hair of its natural oils. These chemicals are often used in dish soap and laundry detergent too!
Make it a point to read the labels carefully to check for sulfates. Choose shampoos that are 100% sulfate-free and silicone-free. When you apply the shampoo, do so without rubbing the hair vigorously. The friction could cause frizz.
3. Myth: It’s alright to skip the conditioner
The conditioner is a curly girl’s best friend. It will tame frizz, reduce dryness and boost hair strength. A rich, hydrating conditioner will moisturize the hair roots, fill out holes and add shine to lackluster hair! If you want soft, shiny and silky smooth hair, never skip conditioner. Generally, the tighter the curls, the drier the hair so adjust the amount of conditioner you use. Leave-on conditioners are also perfect for taming misbehaving waves!
4. Myth: Any hairstyle will do
The short answer is no, average hairstyles won’t cut it if you have curly hair! For one thing, curly hair does not behave the same way as straight hair. Even the most flattering hairstyles for straight-haired women will not look the same on wavy and curly-haired women.
Our advice is to consult your hairstylist on the best hairstyles for your hair. You want a low-maintenance hairstyle that looks better when the hair is dry. Also, ask your hairstylist to cut your hair dry, not wet. This will give you an idea how your hair will look on an average day!
5. Myth: Regular washing will dry up curly hair
Did you know that regular washing is actually good for curly-haired folks? Washing the hair clears the scalp of product buildup and grime. Product residue and grime can cause weak or greasy hair. When the scalp is clean, the sebum production stabilizes. This minimizes the chances of oily, greasy hair!