If you have curly hair, you’re probably no stranger to the amount of time and attention it takes to ensure your spiraling locks remain healthy, bouncy and beautiful. That said, the downfall of caring for curls is that we often do more harm than good. “Curly hair is physically different with variations in diameter along the entire hair shaft. These differences can cause breakage and lead to a higher chance of tangling since curly hair girls are trying to control or transform their curls,” explains Kerry E. Yates, trichologist and owner of Colour Collective. “On top of that, the strand’s shape makes curlier hair types generally drier, as the natural oils secreting from the sebaceous glands struggle to travel down the hair shaft to condition each hair strand,” Yates adds.
Up ahead, we dive deep into five common curly hair woes—including dryness, tangling and breakage—and find out how to tackle them, plus the best products to use.