Curly hair girls know that curls come in all shapes and sizes. They vary in hair texture, in level of bounce and in type. They have specific needs when it comes to styling and products. Rizos are not just rizos. Here, salon owner Justin Cruz talks about some of the most common myths about curly hair and why they are so so wrong!
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MYTH #1: All Curly Hair Girls Have Thick Hair
Because curly hair strands don’t hang side by side, this hair type usually gives the impression of thicker hair and more volume than their straight-haired counterparts. For many girls, this isn’t the case. In fact, not only is it often-times thin, it’s also fine, says Justin Cruz, owner of Salon Cruz in Burlington, Vermont.
MYTH #2: Curl Hair Girls Have It Easy When It Comes to Natural Styles
“Curly hair requires very specific products and drying techniques,” says Cruz. “To let curly hair air dry, it usually involves an arsenal of creams and stylers, which can really add up cost-wise. Not to mention the time it takes to apply them. It’s a careful, section-by-section process.”
MYTH #3: All Curly Hair is Damaged and Dry
“As with any other hair type, over-processing and use of the wrong products can take its toll,” says Cruz. “Often times, curly hair is actually less damaged, because people tend not to over-process it. Unfortunately, when people don’t embraces their natural curls and get blowouts or relaxers the result is dry, brittle hair.”
MYTH #4: If You Have Curly Hair, You Should Skip Shampoo
There’s a big trend with co-washing. This is when you skip a traditional shampoo and you use a conditioner that cleanses along with moisturizing. “Shampoo is intended to clean the scalp and is absolutely necessary for every hair type,” says Cruz.
MYTH #5: All Curly Girls Want Straight Hair
While a lot of our moms and tias refuse to give up their Saturday morning appointment for a roller set, many young Latinas are embracing their curls and mastering the techniques of enhancing and controlling them. The result? A healthier head of hair. “By paying attention to factors such as the climate, your curl type and the products you’re using, styling can be easy and manageable,” says Cruz.