8 Shower Mistakes That Damage Curly Hair

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Behind every head of bouncy, springing curls is a girl who knows how to treat her hair right in the shower. While there's no official rule book for taking care of your hair, you might be making mistakes in the shower that damage your curly hair and prevent it from being healthy and happy. The mistakes are easy to avoid, and they all have simple solutions that will have you never wanting to go back to your old ways.

Here's one extremely common mistake: you're probably washing your curly hair more often than you need to, which can lead to dry hair and frizz. Beyond that, there are plenty of mistakes that occur once you're in the shower. For instance, if you wait until stepping out of the shower to detangle your hair, you should try combing in the shower under running water with a wide-tooth wet comb. Once you're ready to dry off, you can wrap your smooth, tangle-free hair in a soft, quick-drying microfiber towel. Drying with one of these compact towels will keep your hair free from the frizz and breakage that comes from rubbing your hair with terrycloth.

Read on, and be prepared to share your flawless hair tips with your friends — trust me, they'll be curious.

If You're Using Synthetic Cleansers, Shampoo With Natural Curl-Enhancers

Aveda Be Curly Shampoo , $30, Amazon

This natural, curl-enhancing shampoo has a wheat protein and organic aloe blend that expands when your hair is wet (and retracts when it's dry) to enhance your natural texture and wave pattern. Users call this the perfect shampoo because it fights frizz and boosts shine. Bonus: The citrus smell of this product is delicious, created with organic lime, lemon, bergamot, and orange.

If You Work With Heavy Products, Try Mixing Shampoo & Conditioner

Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner , $17, ouidad.com

If you've been overdoing curl mousse lately, you need to keep that product build-up from weighing down your hair. By mixing a sulfate-free shampoo with a curl-quenching conditioner, you'll have a DIY cleansing shampoo that removes excess product and oils without stripping it of the moisture it needs. The deep nourishment in this hydrating product boosts your curls' internal weight and will shield the cuticle from any future damage.

If You're Rubbing Your Hair Dry, Reduce Frizz With Microfiber

DuraComfort Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel , $13, Amazon

Stepping out of the shower and rubbing your hair with a terrycloth towel creates tension on curly strands, resulting in breakage and added frizz. These small microfiber towels have instant drying technology that cuts drying time down, and the material is super soft. Bonus: These towels are light and compact, so you can store them in your gym bag or pack them for your next weekend getaway.

If You Forget To Deep Condition, Try Hydrating Coconut Oil

Vita Coco Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $16, Amazon

It's no secret that coconut oil has amazing results on hair and skin. Apply this 100 percent raw and organic cold-pressed coconut oil to your curls the next time your hair's seen too much heat styling. It'll provide your hair with a deep conditioning treatment that adds moisture, makes your hair more manageable, and boosts shine for dehydrated hair.

If You Rinse Out Conditioner Right Away, Activate It With A Hydrating Cap

Deep Hydrating Hydracap , $10, Amazon

After rubbing the oil on your hair, try covering it in one of these caps, allowing the steam to open your hair cuticles and lock in extra moisture for the best results. The HydraCap is easy to put on, disposable, and uses the natural heat from your head (along with its snug fit) to produce the heat needed to activate deep conditioning treatments. One box comes with five caps, giving you an excuse to treat your hair to some extra love next month.

If You Shower On Humid Days, Simply Refresh With A Water & Conditioner Mix

Opro Organic Protein Curl Vitalizer, $11, Amazon

Protecting your curls against the elements is hard enough on humid days — without adding the stress of your wash and dry routine. If your curly 'do needs a refresh, create a mix of water and an organic, curl-revitalizing leave-in conditioner to mist on your hair. This one's organic, shine-infusing ingredients (like mineral oil) leave hair feeling soft. One user, who has a problem with battling frizz in hot weather, said applying this product gives her the best curls she's ever had.

If You Have Trouble Detangling, Try A Frizz-Free Wet Comb

Wet Comb Detangling Hair Comb, $6, Amazon

For smoother hair, use a wide-tooth comb with a wave design that prevents snagging and breakage. This one works with all hair types while it's still wet. Users give this tool high ratings for how well it glides through hair without pulling or damaging.

Instead of Shampooing Too Often, Use Dry Shampoo For Touch-Ups

Rockaholic by TiGi Dry Shampoo, $12, Amazon

If you shampoo daily, your curls are likely to become limp and lifeless from stripping them of healthy oils. To keep your hair hydrated and smooth, cleanse with shampoo a few times a week, and spray an extra-absorbent dry shampoo on your non-wash days. Users praise this product as being the best dry shampoo on the market for eliminating greasy roots while giving hair a light citrus smell.

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