4 Styling Mistakes That Will Disrupt Her Curl Pattern
Styling Curly Hair: 4 Common Mistakes & What To Do Instead
Does it feel like you’re in a love/hate relationship with your client’s curls? We get it. They tend to have a mind of their own, but nothing beats the amount of dimension and movement from a head of perfectly coiled ringlets. To ensure you have nothing but love for curly girls’ manes, we’re sharing four styling mistakes that’ll disrupt her curl pattern PLUS what curl specialist @evanjosephcurls does instead. Check it out!
1. The Products Are Harsh On The Hair
Know This: Curly hair craves moisture, so Evan says to stay away from products that contain silicone or demithicone as well as heavy oils and butters because it’ll dry the hair out and weight it down, respectively.
Do This: Keep it simple. Your curly-haired clients really only need a zero-lather cleanser or co-wash (shampoo leaves the hair dry and brittle), a conditioner and a gel if she has fine strands or a foam if she has coarser texture.
2. The One Thing You Should Never Do
Know This: You should never brush or comb curly hair. Curls tend to be dry and brittle (hence, the reason why they crave moisture), so running a comb through her strands will result in breakage and split ends.
Do This: Either gently finger comb at the bowl while conditioning OR later when you’re applying products. The goal is to leave her curls as undisturbed as possible.
3. The Hair Isn’t Damp Enough
Know This: If you towel-dry the hair first and then apply products, you’re going to create lots and lots of frizz.
Do This: After you co-wash and condition, have her flip her soaking wet hair upside down. Apply the styling product, work it in using your fingers and then scrunch with a microfiber towel to dry the hair without creating frizz. Watch how Evan does it in the video below!
Note: If you decide to diffuse her hair to speed up the drying time, have her tilt her head from side to side instead of leaning forward. That way, the heat is evenly distributed.
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4. Put The Heat Styling Tools Away
Know This: When curly hair is damaged, it has a harder time curling to its full potential. The more damage there is, the straighter her strands will be.
Do This: Work products into the hair like Evan did in the video above and then leave the curls alone! Once the hair is completely dry (and only then), Evan says you can shake it out and break the curls up a bit, but never use a flat iron or curling iron because it’ll affect her curl pattern in the long term.
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