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3 Things to Avoid When Styling Your Curly Hair at Home

Curly hair can be both a blessing and a challenge! Embracing your unique texture often requires a delicate balance of products, techniques, and patience. Whether you're new to the curly hair game or a seasoned pro, there are a few common things to avoid when styling your hair at home.

1. Not Working in Sections

One big mistake so many curlies make is neglecting to work in sections. If you often find yourself standing in front of the mirror, grabbing a handful of hair and applying the product, only to find that the back of your head is still a tangled mess while the front is perfectly defined… working in sections will change the game for you.

When you're working with curls, it's REALLY important to break your hair into manageable sections. Not only does this ensure that every strand gets the attention it needs, but it also makes the styling process more efficient. By working in one section at a time, you'll achieve more consistent results and minimize frustration along the way.

2. Skipping Heat Protection

If you use heat-styling tools, this tip is for you! Before you turn up the heat on your flat iron or curling wand, there's one crucial step you should always take into account: heat protection.

Think of this product as a shield for your strands, safeguarding them from the damaging effects of heat. Without it, your curls are left more vulnerable to breakage and dryness. So, before you reach for that hot styling tool, take a moment to spray on a quality protectant spray. I love this one from Innersense! Your curls will thank you for the extra TLC!

3. Overusing Products

It's easy to fall into the trap of overusing styling products. You know the drill: a little bit of gel here, a dollop of mousse there, and before you know it, your hair is weighed down and greasy-looking!

Professional styling products are known for being highly concentrated, meaning that a little goes a long way! Instead of slathering your hair with a bunch of product, start with a small amount and gradually add as needed so that you can avoid product buildup and allow your waves and curls to retain their natural bounce and movement.

“Waking up” the product by rubbing it in your hands before applying will help you not overuse it. A little goes a long way when you emulsify before you apply!

There’s No One-Size-Fits-All

Remember, these tips are just friendly suggestions, and there's no one-size-fits-all approach to hair care. Experimenting with different techniques, products, and routines until you find what works best for your unique curl pattern and preferences will help you weed out products that are not for you so that you can focus on what is! And if you need help along the way, I’m always here to chat!

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