Bad Curly Habits

By: Zenobia Harris


Fighting the temptation to pull at dangling knots, twirling your hair around your fingers to the point of tangles-- we all have bad hair habits that we need to break. There are some bad hair habits that aren’t too damaging while others can be completely detrimental to the hair health. Here’s Curl V’s top list of bad hair habits that all curlies should break.


Bad Hair Habit #1: Yanking/pulling out hair knots

Pulling knots out of your hair can cause some serious damage. It can be annoying (and downright frustrating) to be in the middle of detangling your hair when a pesky knot gets in the way. The urge to pull at it is there, but don’t! Yanking out a knot of hair gets rid of the unwanted clumps, yes, but it also causes split ends which can lead to bad breakage if care isn’t taken. So instead of using your hands, try to carefully and gently pull the knot apart with a comb. If that doesn’t seem to help, it’s usually best to opt for a pair of hair shears or scissors instead. You are much less likely to have split ends that way than if you just pulled hair knots out freely.


Bad Hair Habit #2: Detangling from root-to-tip instead of tip-to-root

This is a big curly no-no. Detangling curly hair can take some effort because of the nature of the curl. Curly hair is much more prone to tangles, breakage and knots than straight hair, because it is usually woven around other strands of curly hair, making it slightly more difficult to pull apart. That’s why it’s important to take your time during the detangling process. Detangling from the tips of your hair to the roots is essential, because this method puts less stress on the hair and reduces the chances of having a lot of breakage. Not to mention, it’s also slightly less painful, too.


Bad Hair Habit #3: Pulling hair too tightly in up-dos

The last bad hair habit that everyone, regardless of hair type, should break is pulling hair too tightly. Besides causing a massive headache, pulling your hair too tightly into up-dos puts a large amount of stress on your hair follicles, and it can literally pull your hair out at the roots. Aside from causing balding and sparse edges, it can also leave your hair brittle and frizzy from breakage. Another problem is the type of hair band being used to pull the hair back. Hair bands with metal clasps can add to the damage by causing snags and causing hair to get tangled into the band. Always remember to be gentle with your hair with any style. Try to invest in ouchless hair bands or even satin scrunchies and hair ties to eliminate some of the stress on your hair when it is pulled back. If you’re worried about a certain hairstyle being too frizzy or loose without your hair being pulled tightly, try using a gel and/or a hair balm to aid in slicking your hair back. This too can relieve unnecessary tension by smoothing your hair without it being pulled tightly from the scalp.

Your hair, just like anyone’s hair, deserves the utmost respect and care. No matter how you choose to rock your coils, remember that sometimes a little tender love and care is needed to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.  


Curly Hair Hacks

By Zenobia Harris

Curly Hair Hacks


Having curly hair doesn’t always mean that styling and maintenance has to be extra difficult and time consuming. Curl V wants to give you a few hair hacks to make your day-to-day hair routine much simpler.


The first tip is to use saran wrap on your sink and shower drains while detangling your hair. It’s no secret that detangling days can lead to big hair messes in the bathroom. Sometimes, those clumps of hair can lead to a clogged drain. One good way to ease the headache of post-detangling cleanup is to cover your sink or shower drain in seran wrap. This will keep hair out of the drain and save you a whole lot of time cleaning up afterwards.

The second tip is to “double-pineapple” your hair. Many curly people are aware of the meaning behind the term “pineapple” (it’s not just a fruit). For those people who don’t, the pineapple method involves pulling all of your hair into a loose high ponytail in order to preserve your curls, especially at night. However, there are some problems associated with the original pineapple method that can easily be fixed with the double pineapple. If you have short or super thick, curly hair, it can be hard to pull all of your hair into a high ponytail and expect it to stay there all night. This method can also apply undue stress on the edges. Another problem is that high ponytails can over stretch the hair, especially towards the back of the head. So when you finally take your hair down, sometimes the curls in the back are stretched almost to complete straightness which may not produce the look you were hoping for. The best way to safely stretch and protect your strands is to do two ponytails-- one high ponytail at the top of the head and a low ponytail at the bottom. This will preserve your curls without completely straightening them or over-stressing the hair, and you have better chances of maintaining two pineapples than one.

The third tip is to rinse out your conditioner with cold water only. When washing your hair, it is important to utilize both temperature settings for different reasons. You should use warm to hot water to rinse your hair while shampooing, because hot water opens the pores in your scalp and the cuticles of your hair. This allows the shampoo to really clean the scalp and hair, and it allows the conditioner to moisturize your the strands and penetrate the hair shaft. Rinsing out conditioner with cold water helps seal the cuticle of the hair thus sealing in the moisture and shine provided by conditioner and water. It also helps prevent frizz by helping to close and smooth the hair cuticle.

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Superfoods for Hair Health



Hey there Curl V enthusiasts! Last week’s blog post featured five great foods to improve your hair health. This week, we’re giving three more awesome foods that provide your hair with amazing benefits. Here’s a list of three superfoods you should be eating for gorgeous hair!



Blueberries make a delicious snack, but these berries are also packed full of a chemical called proanthocyanidins that aid in stimulating and accelerating hair growth. Blueberries are also a great way to prevent premature graying which is often times the result of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Blueberries help prevent this by restoring the nutrient in our bodies. Of course you can absorb the nutrients and vitamins found in blueberries through consuming them, but they can also make a pretty nourishing hair mask. For a smooth hair mask, blend a handful of blueberries (not too many) with some sort of oil like coconut or olive oil. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and rinse well.



We’ve all been told to eat our greens at some point in our lives, and there are lots of good reasons behind doing so. Leafy greens like spinach, for example, are rich in vitamins and minerals like folate (a type of B vitamin) and iron. Iron is very important to our bodies because it aids red blood cells in carrying oxygen throughout our bodies. People who are anemic and have iron deficiencies often suffer from fatigue and hair loss. Spinach is a great way to replenish the body’s iron supply, because it is an iron-rich vegetable, thus helping to combat hair loss and other side effects associated with iron deficiencies. It is also rich in Vitamin A and C which are major proponents in stimulating hair growth, Just like blueberries, spinach can be blended up into a delicious smoothie or even used as  a hair mask to moisturize and feed your hair. A cup of spinach with a spoonful of oil and honey is enough to make a repairing mask that will leave your hair smooth and soft.



Tree nuts like walnuts are a great source of protein for your body and your hair. Walnuts are also full of fatty acids and B-vitamins, but the key vitamin to think about when associating walnuts with healthy hair is biotin. Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7, keeps the hair strong and prevents thinning and brittleness. It is also a key ingredient in Curl V’s Hair Vitality Complex. The word “biotin” stems from the Greek work “biotos” which means “life” or “sustenance.” Because biotin plays such an instrumental role in our overall health, it only makes sense that walnuts are listed on our list of superfoods for healthy hair.

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Kelp

By: Zenobia Harris


The Curl V Hair Vitality Complex is filled with all natural ingredients to nourish your hair from the inside. Each ingredient serves a special purpose within the system. Sea kelp, a vitamin-rich seaweed, has a variety of uses and benefits that make it an important part of our Vitality Complex.

Sea kelp can be found along the coasts worldwide and has a variety of nutrients that it absorbs from its salty, aquatic environment. Some of the nutrients provided by sea kelp include vitamins A, B-12, B-6 and K as well as the amino acid l-lycithine which promotes healthy hair growth and reduces shedding.

Sea Kelp has benefits that work from the inside out with disease fighting properties that may help combat certain types of cancer and promote cardiovascular health. Sea kelp can also be found in a number of facial and eye creams for its anti-aging properties. Kelp has many other known benefits to the body including regulating metabolism, serving as a natural diuretic and antibiotic, and it is also a great source of iodine.

Kelp is especially important for people who suffer from hair loss due to thyroid or other health problems. It is such a dynamic ingredient and provides many benefits to our overall health and wellbeing. This is why sea kelp is such an important part of the Curl V Hair Vitality Complex.