My hair is fairly wavy (and dare I say, beautiful) when left to its own devices. But back in the early 2000s, when I thought I knew everything, I decided to change up my look. I invested in a flat iron to achieve stick-straight tresses every day. I doused my locks in products and aggressively pulled a brush through them to get a silky, smooth appearance. As it turns out, the steps that I assumed were necessary for great-looking hair were actually some common mistakes curly haired girls make. (Brushing hair can be bad for it? Talk about a revelation.)
I’m happy to say that I no longer trip circuit breakers with multiple heating implements, nor do I breathe in a chemical concoction every morning. Rather, I’ve learned to work with my hair’s natural texture. It requires a lot less effort (always a good thing in my book) and, more importantly, is a lot healthier for my hair. Not to mention my fuller curls has cause hair envy among my friends (and strangers too.) To maximize your curly hair’s natural beauty and minimize the damage, here’s a quick rundown of seven common mistakes that destroy curly hair and how to avoid them.