Here are some of the frequently asked questions related to curly hair care and hair products. This will be updated as and when reader doubts increase 🙂
1. “My curls look great when wet” – How to make them look good after they dry
I’ve had so many of you tell me this! That your hair looks great, defined and frizz free just after a wash. But as it starts to dry, it starts loosening and frizzing up. So how can we lock in the wet definition? 2 things – Right routine + Right products. If you have tried all the great products of the curly world, yet never manage to make your hair look good, your routine ain’t right – My curly hair routine. On the other hand, if your routine is quite good and yet you are not seeing results, it may be time to switch your products – Beginner friendly products – Curly Hair Starter Kit. Now what if your routine and products are both right? Check these – 16 mistakes you might be making in your curly hair routine
2. Won’t all these hair products damage my hair?
So much of cream and (especially) gel! Won’t all these chemicals damage hair? The word “chemical” might make you think of scientists in white lab coats making potent concoctions in test tubes. But that’s not entirely correct. Yes, those things are chemicals… but so are most other things. Almost everything is made of chemicals! That includes the water you drink, the oxygen you breathe, everything you eat, supplements you take, the cat you cuddle, and yes, YOU. Humans are made of millions of chemicals. The purest water collected from a Himalayan glacier is 100% chemicals (specifically, dihydrogen monoxide). Read more – LabMuffin : Natural vs. Chemical – Which Is Better?
Things that DO damage hair:
- Ammonia hair dyes
- Chemical relaxers
- Keratin treatment (the ones done in salons for “smoothing” the hair. Hydrolysed Keratin in your hair products is meant to add strength to your hair)
- Products high in SD alcohol, SD alcohol 40, Alcohol denat, Propanol, Propyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol. (These are good alcohols – Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Lauryl alcohol
3. I have so much hairloss once I started following the curly hair routine
Since you don’t comb your hair everyday now, the dead hair strands from each day don’t fall off easily until you comb or wash your hair and just sit in between your curls. So when there is a gap of say 4 days after your last wash, all the dead hair from the last 4 days fall off all at once onto your bathroom floor making it look like you lost a lot of hair on that day.
4. How to treat split ends?
Split ends are caused by lack of moisture, excessive heat tools, hair dyes, brushing or combing (dry or wet hair), rubbing harshly with towels, sun damage, nutritional deficiencies, shampooing too often. Once your hair is split, it cannot be repaired. You can temporarily mask the split using products with PEC – Beauty Brains – Split ends remedy. The only real fix is to snip off the split end before it keeps splitting till your scalp.
To prevent split ends:
- Shampoo less
- Cowash instead
- Condition after every wash
- Limit heat tools, brushing, hair dyes
- Use a tee for drying instead of a towel
- Use hats and scarves if you are going to be out in the sun for too long
- Correct your diet
5. My crown is so frizzy!
6. My curls become so tight after they dry – I want length!
(I used to wish for tighter curls and here you are wishing for looser curls ! Grass is greener on the other side and so we should start embracing what we have.) Shrinkage = Healthy hair. Your hair being able to shrink back to its normal state after being stretched down shows that they are in their healthiest natural state. Tighter the curls, more the shrinkage. A new rubber band comes back to its original state once the stretching is stopped. Have you seen the condition of old rubber bands that are permanently in the stretched state even without any force? They are sticky and gritty. Similarly, hair that doesn’t shrink back is damaged hair. So thank god for that shrinkage! But if you slightly want to stretch them, try leaving in more products to weigh your hair down, comb your hair through after applying products, do not scrunch and let it air dry. For tips on hair growth, check this – 7 ways to grow healthy hair
7. Should I wash off the cream and gel after application?
Nope. Only shampoo and conditioner are meant to be washed off. Some conditioner should also be left in(for moisture) and that’s how leave in conditioners came into being. Creams and gels give shape, hold, definition to your curls so you want them to remain in your hair.
8. How much time will it take to get curls like yours?
If you don’t have heat damage or you haven’t chemically straightened your hair, you will start seeing results almost immediately (from your first wash routine!) which will continue to improve as you get better with the routine and get to know your hair better.
9. Is curly hair care expensive ?💸
If you already use a conditioner, you can start by using the conditioner as a leave in and just buying a gel. If you want to build a full kit including a conditioner, cream and gel, you can do it for under 1500 INR – Beginner Friendly Products- Curly Hair Starter Kit. You can also buy budget products – List of curly hair products in India (for every budget). You can read the testimonials of my readers under the Readers’Diary section of my website. A lot of them have really budget routines.
10. Is curly hair care time consuming?⌚
I have a full time job and don’t get much time too just like most of you. Washing my hair and applying products takes me around 10-15 minutes. Then either put it into a plop or let it air dry while you do other things.
11. There are so many products! It’s confusing.
Check this Beginner Friendly Products – Curly Hair Starter Kit and this 10 types of curly hair products
12. How often should I wash my hair?
As often as you feel like. Once in 2-3 days is a good count. You can either co-wash or shampoo but remember to shampoo once in a while to prevent product build up especially if you are using silicones.
13. Should I repeat this routine every time I wash my hair?
Yes, if you want defined and hydrated curls. No, if you don’t mind frizzy curls for a day or 2 (for e.g if you are going to be at your home all day).
14. My curls open up and become frizzy a few hours after my washing and drying
You are not using enough product. Clumping of curls is brought about by moisture and products. Once all the water dries off, the clumps open up. So adding products will keep the curls intact. Leave more conditioner in, add more cream and gel.
15. My curls get so hard and crunchy after using certain products, especially gel
That crunchiness is called a gel cast and if often desired to help your curls remain intact till they dry. After your hair is 100% dry, scrunch out the crunch to reveal soft curls. Explained here – Curly hair gels – Everything you need to know
16. My curls looks oily, greasy and flat
It could be because of any of these – you are using too much oil, you are using oils to style instead of creams, the creams you use (Beginner Friendly Products – Curly Hair Starter Kit) are too heavy for your curl type, you are using too much product, you are co-washing too often and not using a shampoo in between to clarify product buildup.
17. Are parabens harmful for your hair?
No, parabens are not ingredients that dry out hair or damage them in any way. They have no effect on hair whatsoever. Plus parabens are water-soluble and do not cause any buildup on hair. Then why all the scare surrounding them? A study in 2004 found that there were parabens in breast cancer tissue – this study received a lot of media attention and suddenly everybody was scared. But there were many flaws in their study – no comparison was made with healthy tissue, and parabens were detected in blank samples without any tissue in them. Another study found that parabens were weakly estrogenic in rats. Many researchers say that they are so weak and used in such small concentrations that it should be of no concern. Parabens have been around for almost 100 years, are used everyday by billions of people, and there are lots of studies showing their safety. Yet there still hasn’t been a study showing a convincing link between paraben use and negative health effects. If you do want to avoid parabens, it’s a personal choice. There is a great article by LabMuffin on parabens – Should You Be Avoiding Parabens? The Science.