Having curly hair isn’t always easy, but most of us wouldn’t trade it for the world. You’ve probably heard a lot of curly hair tips, and some of them are pretty misleading. Here are some of the most common curly hair myths and why they’re wrong!
Myth 1: Shampoo is terrible for curly hair
Fact: While curly hair doesn’t need to be shampooed every day, shampoo can actually be good for your curls (contrary to popular belief!). Keeping a clean scalp means you will produce more natural oils, which moisturize your hair and prevent weak, dry locks. By washing away product residue, you’re getting rid of elements that might not only cause damage, but also stunt hair growth.
What’s the reason for this myth? Well, many shampoos do contain harsh chemicals that can actually damage your hair instead of helping it. To be safe, steer clear of shampoos with heavy sulfates.
Myth 2: Curly hair grows slower.
Fact: Curly hair grows at the same pace as straight hair. But because curly hair grows into spirals rather than straight down, it may just seem like your hair is growing slower. You can still expect your hair to grow from a quarter inch to a half inch a month, just like any other hair type. If you’re trying to grow your hair out, make sure to stay healthy and drink lots of water. While you’re at it, check out our tips for healthy curly hair routines that are sure to keep your curls growing at a healthy rate.
Myth 3: You can cut curly hair the same way you cut straight hair.
Fact: Curly hair reacts differently than straight hair when it comes to elements such as moisture and heat. It might be okay to cut straight hair while it is wet, but with curly hair, it’s a whole different story. Water will weigh down your ringlets, causing your hair to look longer than it is, and as it dries, will begin to look much shorter. This is called shrinkage. Get your hair cut while it’s dry so that you don’t end up cutting off much more than you want.
Myth 4: Any shampoo that says it’s for curly hair is fine to use.
Fact: Unfortunately, not all shampoos were created equal. As mentioned above, harsh chemicals that are found in many shampoos will do more harm for your tresses than good. We recommend the Design Essentials Oat and Henna Protein Shampoo for clean, healthy hair, available at Studio 86. It’s filled with natural ingredients that your hair will love. This shampoo deeply cleanses the hair of any impurities without stripping it of its natural oils.
Myth 5: You should always use both a regular conditioner and a leave-in conditioner.
Fact: This is wrong! If you have a great conditioner, you’re all set. We recommend the Design Essentials Almond Butter Express Instant Moisturizing Conditioner. This conditioner softens and detangles instantly while adding body and shine. It delivers intense moisture for silky, weightless, smooth hair. If you love using leave-ins, try mixing your conditioner with water in a spray bottle. This way, you can control the water-to-product ratio depending on what’s best for your hair type.