Wash day can be a time of rejuvenation and self-care for those with curly hair, but it can also be a source of frustration if not done correctly. Here are 5 common mistakes people make on wash day, and how to avoid them:
Using products with a high pH: The pH of a product can have a big impact on the health and appearance of your curls. A high pH can strip the hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and frizz. Look for products with a pH range of 4.5-5.5, which is similar to the natural pH of the scalp and hair.
Using products with silicones and other chemical makeups: Some ingredients, like silicones, can coat the hair and weigh it down, leading to build-up and a lack of moisture. Opt for products with natural ingredients that nourish and hydrate the hair. I recommend Innersense Organic Beauty products1
Not understanding product purpose: Not all products are created equal, and it's important to choose the right ones for your hair type and needs. Read labels and ingredient lists carefully, and don't be afraid to ask for recommendations from a curl specialist.
Not detangling the hair: Detangling your curls before washing can help prevent tangles and breakage during the washing process. Use a wide-tooth comb or a gentle detangling brush to carefully work through knots and tangles, starting at the ends and working your way up.
Not using enough water: Water is essential for hydrating and nourishing the hair, and it's important to use enough when washing your curls. Soak your hair thoroughly before applying products, and make sure to rinse thoroughly to remove all residue.
By avoiding these common wash day mistakes, you can help ensure that your curls stay healthy, nourished, and looking their best.