beauty

The One Thing You Should Never Do When Washing Curly Hair

May 25, 2016 by Jeanine Edwards
shefinds | beauty

For many years, I used every heat styling tool imaginable to straighten my super curly hair. The fact of the matter is–straight hair is just easier. But then one day my 7-year-old daughter innocently asked me, “Why don’t you like your hair the way it is” and I was crushed. It never occurred to me that by straightening my hair I was sending her the message that hated my natural hair–the same hair, it turns out, that she has.

After that point, I made it my goal to wear my hair in its naturally curly state as often as possible. Of course, as any women with curly hair know, that’s not always an easy feat, especially when you’re not used to dealing with unruly curls on the regular.

So in an effort to best preserve the hair on my head, I went to a salon that specializes in curly hair to get the full download on how to best care for my hair. After the two hour appointment, I’d learned so much but the single most important tip I received? Women with curly hair should never–ever!–wash their hair with a sudsy shampoo. Turns out those suds that make you feel like you’re giving your hair a deep clean actually strip it of moisture and sebum that curly hair so desperately needs to fend off frizz and not look totally dried out.

Instead, my stylist recommended using a cream shampoo or even better, a cleansing conditioner. These will ensure all that product build-up is washed away so your curls aren’t weighed down without ridding your hair of the good oils it actually needs.

Here are a few other no-nos when it comes to washing curly hair:

1. Don’t towel dry. Much like sudsy shampoo, most terry cloth towels strip hair of much-need moisture. Even worse, they create frizz. If you simply can’t deal with sopping wet hair, invest in the DevaCurl Microfiber towel which was specially designed for curly hair.

2. Apply product at the right time. If you wait until after you step out of the shower to apply your moisturizing products, you’re doing it all wrong. In order to promote optimal absorption–and really get the most out of your hair products–you need to apply them when your hair is soaking wet so they dry right into your strands.

3. Keep your hands off. I’m guilty of this–scrunching my hair to see if it’s dry or twirling a ringlet while I wait for the train. Sadly, hands and curly hair only make for a frizzy mess, so after you’ve applied your styling products, don’t touch!

4. Sleep right. If you find that your curls are super dry when you wake up, that cotton pillow case you’re sleeping on probably has a lot to do with it. Switch to a silk or satin pillowcase, which causes much less friction on your hair. (Added benefit? They’re also good for your skin!)

Be sure to check out the worst things for curly hair and should you brush curly hair.

[Photo: Imaxtree]

SheFinds receives commissions for purchases made through the links in this post.

 

Tags:

Beauty, hair

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

beauty

This Life-Changing Hack Will Help You Save SO Much Money On Makeup

July 17, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We're OBSESSED!

beauty

This Sagging Skin Product Works SO Well It’s Selling Out At Target

July 17, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's less than $12!

beauty

This New Anti-Aging Serum Works SO Fast It Already Has A 5-Star Review On Sephora

July 17, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Your skin will thank you for this!

beauty

The One Tinted Moisturizer Every Woman Over 40 Should Be Using

July 17, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's available in SO many shades!

beauty

The Surprising Natural Night Cream That Works Like Botox For The Skin

July 17, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It's a best-seller!

beauty

Beauty Diary: This Is The Best Primer To Use During The Summer

July 16, 2018 by Alisha Stacy
Totally worth the $

beauty

The One Anti-Aging Serum You Should Get At Dermstore While It's On Sale & Still In Stock!

July 16, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's a serious game-changer!

beauty

This Eye Cream Is Always Selling Out At Sephora Because It Works SO Fast

July 16, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's the best!!!!!

beauty

This Natural Skincare Product Is Actually The Best Thing For Oily Skin

July 16, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
You're going to want to stock up on this ASAP!

beauty

This Anti-Aging Tinted Moisturizer Is So Good It Keeps Selling Out At Target

July 15, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's less than $15!!!

beauty

This New Serum Is All You Need For Younger-Looking Skin

July 15, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's natural, too!

beauty

These Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamins Work SO Fast They Keep Selling Out At Sephora

July 14, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
You're going to be obsessed!

beauty

6 Drugstore Night Creams That Work Better Than Botox

July 14, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They're literally like magic!

beauty

The BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Endless Summer Glow Collection Is What Dreams Are Made Of

July 13, 2018 by Jennifer Hussein
Trust us, you NEED this!

beauty

Going Away This Summer? You Need This Travel Pillow...

July 13, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Get one ASAP!

beauty

FYI, This Is The One Lip Balm You Absolutely, Positively Need In Your Beach Bag

It obviously goes without saying that sunscreen is a must ...

beauty

Beauty Diary: This Is The Best Primer To Use During The Summer

I always use primer in the summer. After ...

beauty

Going Away This Summer? You Need This Travel Pillow...

Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or going away ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS