5 Bad Curly Habits to Break in 2014

Friday, 20 December 2013 by Ouidad-The Curl Experts


When caring for hair with texture or curl, there are some very important rules to follow. Everyone has their own daily hair regimen. What you may not realize is that some of these daily habits can cause more harm to the hair.  Let’s eliminate those “bad hair habits” this year and you will start repairing your hair leaving it healthy, shiny, and frizz free. Minimal steps can give consistency in the way your hair looks and feels. Let’s make the “Bad Hair Day” a phrase of the past!

-Morgan Willhite, Ouidad Creative Director 

1. Excessively Shampooing

If your hair’s texture is medium-coarse/tight texture, you should shampoo your hair less frequently (1-2 times a week or less). If your texture is a fine/wavy pattern, then you may shampoo more often (2-3 times a week or more).

If you are someone that shampoos more frequently, I recommend that you use a non-sulfate shampoo like our Curl Recovery Ultra-Nourishing Cleansing Oil. Shampoos with little or no sulfates are designed to cleanse the hair gently without removing the scalp’s natural oil.

If you don’t shampoo often, you may want to use a specialty clarifying shampoo like Water Works. When not regularly cleansing, you may experience build-up. When this occurs, hair can visually appear dull and weighed down. A clarifying shampoo will remove the build up and hard water the remains on the hair.

Overall, you need to listen to your hair. If it feels and looks dry, skip shampoos and condition more.

2. Brushing Textured/Curly Hair

You NEVER want to brush curly/textured hair. When using a tool that contains a lot of teeth like a brush, or even some combs the hair tends to expand causing the curls to separate and dry looking frizz and unhealthy. The only time you would detangle the hair would be in the shower while it’s wet with a conditioner. I recommend using our Wide Tooth Comb or Double Detangler.

The wide set teeth allow the curls to separate into large uniformed curls formation. This will allow the curls to dry with a smooth, shiny, frizz-free finish. When detangling curly hair, if not done correctly with a wide set comb, it can result in breakage and damage the quality of the hair.

3. Chemically Over-Processing

When processing hair with texture, keep in mind that textured/curly hair tends to be on the dry side. Chemically processing can add to its dryness. The more you process the hair the more work it is to keep the hair at it’s optimum health.

Curly/Textured hair absorbs color more because of it naturally being more on the dry side. Try using Demi-Permanent color. It’s ammonia free and peroxide free which is less drying on the hair. If you are coloring your hair for grey purposes, always opt for ammonia free color. Avoid stripping your color and try to stay close to what’s natural. Color looks best when hair is shiny and healthy!

4. “NOT” making Treatments a part of your regimen

Hair with texture/curls tend to lack moisture. Curl Recovery Melt-down Extreme Repair Mask is a luxurious treatment containing our CR-4 Repair Complex™, including nutrient-rich Mafura Butter and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, that envelopes the hair shaft with a cushion-like coating of concentrated fatty acids vital to rebuilding, nourishing and protecting hair. This keeps the hair healthy and strong while also keeping curls defined and frizz free. We recommend using our Curl Recovery Mask 2 times per week to maintain the consistency of frizz free, shiny and healthy hair.

5. “NOT” trimming hair because of the desire for growth

A high percentage of people with curly hair have the desire for long, cascading hair. Because of this, they don’t regularly cut their hair and wait long periods of time, which causes breakage! Once hair starts breaking, the ends become weak and hair become shorter.

The truth is, hair with texture/curls lacks moisture. The ends become dry and brittle. Regular trims help the hair grow longer and healthier. We recommend a small trim (1/2 inch) every 3-4 months. In between your trims, nourish the ends by doing regular protein based treatments like Deep Treatment. This will give the hair strength to withhold the weight of the length.

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36 Comments for “5 Bad Curly Habits to Break in 2014”

  1. 1Skye

    Bravo,once again, Ouidad! Wonderful advice, too! I ordered Waterworks, and used the Deep Conditioner as well as Curl Quencher Shampoo, Conditioner and a dollop of Moisture Lock for my styling treatment. I am happy!

  2. 2Barbara Lambright

    Ouidad, I Love the products and read suggestions, why? Because they work
    I have hair that looks better curly because of your suggestions and products. However, my hair is under control even when I chose a straight style. Thank you.

  3. 3Tina Yvette

    My hairdresser (a Quidad fan)recently introduced me to the “wet brush”. He used it on my hair in the salon and I was amazed at how painlessly and quickly my hair was combed out. I bought one and now use it in my shower instead of the comb or pick with conditioner and no more painful scalp from tugging, no more gobs of hair pulled out by the time I am through, and I feel like much less breakage. My halo of broken hair is actually starting to grow out. Plus it takes me a quarter of the time if that. I consider this the best “tool” I have found in ages.
    What are your thoughts on a wet brush (it actually says wet brush on it)?
    Thanks, T

  4. 4Melissa Graddy

    I love your products, but can’t afford to purchase them. Are there any products that compare to yours?

  5. 5Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Melissa! Thank you, we are glad that you are loving Ouidad. We do have many special offers throughout the year like our Climate Control Sale and Jumbo Sale. To receive notification please subscribe to our email list by visiting the top of the Ouidad.com homepage.

  6. 6Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thanks so much Skye! Here is to 2014!

  7. 7Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Barbara, thank you so much for the wonderful comment! Have a fabulous 2014. :-)

  8. 8Andrea

    I love many of your products, but must admit I frequently juggle them always trying to “read” what my hair needs at the moment. This can be challenging, & I can’t seem to eliminate a crown of frizz at the very top of my head, no matter what I use. Any suggestions?
    Also I would love to see some chin length “edgy” styles, these are hard to find anywhere!!!

  9. 9Yvette

    Thank you for your tips. I have straight hair yet have a toddler with perfect red spiral curls. I have no idea how to take care of curly hair. Thanks to your tips and kids products her curls are beautiful! I wouldn’t dream of buying another hair are products for her!

  10. 10Linda

    I have used your products for years, but when I look for advice for thinning, gray hair, on someone older than 60, I find very little advice or photos. Most of the advice and pictures are of young models with LOTS of hair. Please, don’t forget that those of us with aging, thinning, wiry gray curls also look to you for help with problems we have never faced before. Thanks.

  11. 11Erin

    Hi there. Could you let us know how the woman in the photo at the top of this article styled her hair? It is lovely. Thank you.

  12. 12Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Tina- Tools like our Wide Tooth Comb and Double Detangler are wonderful to use for detangling. They have been especially designed to slide gently through even the thickest curls without snagging or ripping. We highly recommend sticking to the comb to prevent breakage!

  13. 13suzie

    I’m a huge Ouidad fan. You’re products are amazing, I live in Canada and find every occasion to visit USA to buy more products…

  14. 14Julie V

    Thank you for these good tips! I had a question about the best way to care for my son’s curls. I’ve loved & hated mine for 36 years now, and while I thought caring for his curls would be simple, I’m finding that I’m unsure about some things! I don’t wash his hair too often (he’s a 3b, like I am), and use a good detangling spray to refresh and comb through tangles. He will be three soon, and I think I will trim his hair next bath, but what are some tips to keep his beautiful curls looking healthy (and “split end” free, as my MIL always seems to think is the problem!).

  15. 15Fern

    Can you tell me of a Quidad beauty salon in my area. My hair is a mess and I would like some professional help with cut,style and products. I live in the FortaLauderdale Florida area. Help

  16. 16Melissa

    I have curly hair your porduct is not working.

  17. 17Kirstin

    Thank you, thank you! Once again something to learn. Tomorrow I will celebrate life when 10 years ago I started to grow my hair back from a bald head. At he sign of my first culs I was introduced to a Ouidad cut and products. I currently use the Curl Recovery Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil and Double Detangler along with other Ouidad essentials, however I do not have and must add the Curl Recovery Melt Down Extreme Repair Mask and Deep Treatment as suggested in this article. I am blissful with my Ouidad curls! They are full of fun and whimsy! Happy 2014.

  18. 18Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Fern! We would LOVE to help you with your curls. To search for a Ouidad Salon near you please visit our Salon Locator at- http://www.ouidad.com/Salons
    Thank you!

  19. 19Lisa

    Hello, I have long (almost to my butt ) curly hair and have been using Ouidad products for about 20 years. I have occasionally tried different brands, always made for curly hair, but have never found anything that works as well on my hair as Ouidad. I wash my hair once or twice a week but condition it almost daily, and vary the products I use according to the season and humidity levels. Over the years I have also recommended Ouidad to numerous friends and family members, and they, too, love and continue to use your products :)

    I have a couple of questions: I often refer to the videos on your website for instructions and tips on how to use Ouidad products, but all of the videos I have seen use much shorter hair. Do you have any videos that demonstrate on long hair? (Ie: how to wash long hair without scrubbing, and/or how to condition long hair and remove tangles without tearing, etc.) Also, do you have any programs whereby referrals to Ouidad are rewarded with any kind of discounts?

    Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to this message. And thank you for a wonderful line of products!

  20. 20Vanessa

    To Fern- go see Chadwick at Ouidad certified salon Las Olas Beauty in Ft Laud, you won’t be disappointed!

  21. 21Ruth

    What’s the best way to work with curly hair in the morning? Does one use Botanical Boost and rack and shake followed by Climate Control? My hair gets very frizzy even in cold weather. Also I bought Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner and it is very thick. Is that normal? Thank you!

  22. 22sharon

    I really like your products. Finally something that prevents my curly hair from frizzing no matter what the weather. I use Whipped Curls as a leave in conditioner. It is great. Leaves my hair soft and managable and doesn’t weigh it down.

  23. 23Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thank you for the great feedback Sharon! We are so happy that your curls are loving Whipped Curls.

  24. 24Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Check out this new blog from Morgan! This is a great how-to for having great curls in the winter, without walking outside with a wet head.- http://www.ouidad.com/blog/2014/01/15/calm-curly-morning/#.UtbXO55dV1k

  25. 25Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Lisa- This is something we will definitely take into consideration! Thanks so much for reading and we are glad that you love our line. We definitely don’t want to long haired curly girls to feel left out.

  26. 26Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Kirstin! So happy that you are going to add a treatment to the mix. You will see even MORE fabulous curls this year. Have a happy 2014 too and keep reading for even more tips from our experts. :-)

  27. 27Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Melissa- We would LOVE to help you with this further. Please contact our customer service team at help@ouidad.com. Thank you for letting us know, we want you to have the best curls!

  28. 28Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thank you Julie- We are so happy that you are loving our blog. Check out this great blog from our Creative Director Morgan for some great tips. She also has a little boy with curls too! http://www.ouidad.com/blog/2012/09/17/krly-kids-back-to-school/

  29. 29Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thanks Suzie!! Have you checked out Sephora Canada? We are available there!

  30. 30Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    This is one of our newest Models! In the next few weeks we will be providing a how-to section on Ouidad.com for step by steps of all of our Models styles. Keep a look out! ;-)

  31. 31Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Linda- Thank you so much for this feedback! We will definitely keep this in mind.

  32. 32Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thank you Yvette! We are so happy that we are making life easier for you!

  33. 33Diane

    To Fern and Vanessa,
    Las Olas Beauty is the place to go. Chadwick cuts my hair (Ouidad) and Igor colors it. I drive a LONG way to see them and have been for many years. I agree with Vanessa. Give it a shot. They will teach you so many things about curly hair.

  34. 34Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    We absolutely have to agree, Las Olas Beauty is fabulous. Thank you for the wonderful comment! :-)

  35. 35Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Andrea- Definitely reading what your hair needs is a great way to go! That frizz halo can definitely be a pain but is a common issue for us curly girls. Have you given our Frizz & Flyaway Fighter a try? This lightweight finishing product helps prevent and stop the start of frizzy flyaways. http://www.ouidad.com/Climate-Control-Frizz-And-Flyaway-Fighter


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