Caring for curly hair is different from caring for straight hair. Curly hair tends to be drier and may be more prone to frizz and breakage. But we’ve got you covered! Here are a few common mistakes that people with naturally curly hair make and ways you can help your hair thrive!

Over-washing

The first mistake people may make is over-washing their hair. As mentioned before, curly hair tends to be dryer, that added with the fact that many shampoos strip your hair of moisture will spell disaster for your hair if you wash it too much. The frequency in which a person should wash their hair will vary from one person to the next. If you have naturally oily hair, you may need to wash it more than a person with dryer hair. Additionally, the amount of shampoo you need is a factor. It’s easy to overdo it on the shampoo. Use enough to clean your hair (primarily focusing on the scalp) and then allow the product to flow down the length of your hair as you rinse. If you have really curly hair here are a few tips that you may find useful to help you avoid knots:

Washing your hair in sections can help prevent you from inadvertently creating knots. As you shampoo your hair, be sure to work the shampoo in your hair in a downward motion. Additionally, when shampooing your scalp, hold the section of your hair taught and then massage the shampoo in your scalp using your fingertips.

Conditioning

If you have curly hair, conditioner is your friend. A good conditioner will restore hydration to your hair. You can also detangle your hair while you’re conditioning it to make it easier to comb. When detangling, be very gentle with your hair and either finger-comb your hair or use a wide-tooth comb.

Stay away from certain ingredients

In the past, we’ve talked about the dangers of certain hair alcohols, sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, but what we haven’t talked about were sealants. Sealants, like petrolatum, are fine for locking things into your hair; however, after it has been applied it is very difficult for moisture to enter your hair. This can lead to hair appearing or feeling dry even after it has been moisturized.

Avoid fine tooth combs

Your hair can get easily caught in fine-tooth combs and certain types of brushes. These types of combs and brushes can rip out your hair if your hair becomes tangled in them. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb and be patient when detangling your hair. Healthy, hydrated hair will be easier to work with than dry brittle hair so taking the extra steps to ensure the health of your hair will mean less frustration when styling and caring for your hair overall.

Want to take the guesswork out of deciding which products to use and knowing how they will impact your hair? Consider choosing Vitalize. Our products are safe for all hair types and will provide your hair with the nutrients and hydration needed to grow beautiful and healthy.

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