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NC – Do You Let Your Curls Rest?


I had to jump on this article from as soon as I saw it since I’ve been neglecting to do just that….let my curls rest!  With me going back to work and still in school I had to up my hair manipulation as well as up my product usage.  I was feeling kind of guilty about it as well so this was right on time!

I was so worried about it that I washed my hair last night and after adding a little leave-in (Kinky Curly.  I had to since I tried a new conditioner and it was horrible!) and then coconut oil and I was done!  Yea, it frizzed but so what?  I’m gonna hit the shower this morning and add my product.  Believe me…I’ll need to let my curls rest for longer periods but I felt good about just doing that.

Like many curlies, you’ve most likely developed a hair care regimen that you’re comfortable using on a daily basis. Additionally, if you leave your house every day, you’ve almost certainly come up with a routine that lets you look your absolute best as often as possible. But does constantly applying products to your curls do more harm than good? Should you skip the products from time to time and give your curls a chance to breathe?

Product Buildup

Styling products such as gels and leave-in conditioners are often a curly girl’s best friend! Without them, we might have a tough time handling our curls. They’re so important that many of us have different styling products to accommodate different occasions, seasons and types of weather. Despite the benefits of styling products, however, there is one disadvantage to using them: product buildup.
Most of us curlies don’t need to wash our hair every single day. But to keep our style looking fresh, we may add a small amount of product to our hair each day. As a result, we end up with hair that carries products around for days. After a few days, our hair may start to appear lifeless due to the added weight of these products. This is why you should use clarifying shampoos to remove the products you’ve been applying without damaging your curls.

Skip the Extras

No curly wants to feel uncomfortable with her looks if she has to interact with people! However, if you don’t actually have to look presentable for the day, like on your day off, consider “airing out” your hair by skipping the styling products. Let your curls rest! Shampoo, condition, and dry as usual, then pull your hair back into a simple braid, puff or ponytail for the day. Since you’re used to wearing hair weighed down with products, you’ll probably notice that your hair feels much lighter. It’ll also be more likely to frizz, especially if you have fine hair, but that’s okay since you’re not leaving the house! The next day, you can resume your normal hair care routine, gels and all. Do You Let Your Curls Rest?

I’m going to make an effort to give them a long rest such as a day or even a weekend.  So what if it frizzes?  If I’m only gonna hit the grocery store or never leave the house the family will be the only ones to see.  MP has seen me worse than that!  LOL

Are you finding yourself falling into this routine of not letting your curls rest?   

Stay restful Naturals,


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  1. July 19, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    I always thought we were suppose to do that anyway. I've been doing it for years. It appears my hair is a little stronger when I do.

    • July 20, 2012 / 12:28 am

      I need to do it more often. Good for you for already doing that.