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Top 5 Mistakes Made When Using CurlMix

Let’s face it…

If you are new to CurlMix there is a bit of a learning curve.

We have found that more often than not, you might be freestyling your product application technique.

But thousands of CurlMixers have mastered the CurlMix Method to get the best Wash and Go Ever

And you can too!

This post will help you get past the top 5 the most common issues for new CurlMixers.

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Have you ever found yourself saying…

This product does not work for me? My hair feels dry. Why am I not achieving the definition I wanted? Why does it flake so much? 

These are the most frequently expressed concerns of first-time CurlMixers. 

But they are all probably due to the number one mistake

#1 Not using enough water 

Kim Lewis CEO and CoFounder of CurlMix hair in the shower


Water is your best friend. 

Water is the only thing that can truly add moisture to your hair

If you do not add water when applying creams, oils, gels, and moisturizers, you are killing the effectiveness of the product.

Do you ever wonder why the look you achieve while your hair is soaking wet after conditioning is not the look you end up with when it is dry?

If you wait too long, say to step out of the shower, grab a towel, and set yourself up to style your hair, you are now applying your products to damp hair.

You need to keep your hair dripping wet.

 Kim Lewis CEO and CoFounder of CurlMix dripping wet hair


CurlMix products are formulated to define, enhance, and give a strong yet soft hold to your curls at the time of application.

This means if your hair is now damp, it is more frizzy and undefined, which will result in your end style being frizzy and undefined. 

So...STAY IN THE SHOWER so that you can keep your hair soaking wet while applying your products.

The water will also add weight to your hair that will help you retain more length in the final style as well.

Take your time and enjoy your shower. 

Treat yourself!

#2 Not properly cleansing your hair

Kim Lewis CEO CurlMix Cleanse Hair in the Shower

CurlMix is a lightweight product and will not be able to penetrate the hair strand if your scalp and hair have build-up

When you have build-up your hair might look good a feel slippery but it’s really just covered in layers of product that block out moisture.

Our Curly hair experts say that you should think of your hair like a dirty dish. 

Before you wash it with soap, the texture on the surface is slippery due to residue from food particles. 

Let’s call the residue build-up.

Now let’s suppose that you apply just dish soap, no water and don’t rinse it off, is the dish clean?

Clearly, it is not, what you have done instead is added another layer of product residue or buildup to the dish. 


Product Build Up on the Hair Strand Demo

This is what happens to your hair when it is not clean prior to reapplying products without thoroughly cleansing the hair with a clarifying shampoo.

When your hair is truly clean, it will feel a bit squeaky; this is often confused with the assumption that your hair is stripped and dry. 

However, don’t fear this; it means your hair is clean!

Our Pure Aloe Vera Shampoo is a gentle clarifying shampoo that will thoroughly cleanse your scalp removing product build-up and laying the proper foundation for the best Wash + Go EVER!

#3 Not properly detangling your hair

Kim Lewis CEO and CoFounder of CurlMix detangling hair

First, remember only to detangle your curly hair when it is soaking wet during the application of step 2 the Pure Grapeseed Conditioner

This helps to ease the detangling process by lubricating and conditioning the strand making it easier for your detangling tools to slide through your hair without causing unnecessary tension.

Detangling helps eliminate shed hair that can cause tangles, knots, and frizz which can rob you of definition in the end.

We recommend using our CurlMix Flex Brush to ensure that you are removing all shed hairs that may have fallen out in-between wash days.

Yet, keep in mind, brushes, and combs are great for detangling, however, they aren't the best for defining the curl with gel in the hair.

Once you complete your detangling you can let the brushes and combs go. 

Because when you apply the styling products the best tool is your hands.

#4 Not allowing your hair to set

Setting the curl with indirect heat diffuser

It is very key to "set" your hair if you want the style to last.

You can think of a wash and go like a roller set you have to “set” those curls to keep your definition.

We often hear our lovely new CurlMixers express that they did not like their results, that their hair wasn’t defined, soft or pretty like the results from other more experienced CurlMixers.

And it’s almost certain that they did not use an indirect heat source to “set” the style.

This step, unlike all of the other CurlMix Method steps, is optional but…

Trust us, your results will be better.

You see, just air drying allows the hair to more tightly coil and decreases the amount of definition. 

You won't incur heat damage as it isn't direct heat like a flat iron. 

Tools like a blow dryer, hooded dryer, or a diffuser in constant motion apply heat with less damage.

Once the curl is “set” with heat, hands-off! 

Any manipulation while wet or after steps 3-4 have been applied will disturb your curl pattern and hurt your results.

I know it’s hard, your curls will be poppin’ but keep your hands off your hair to avoid frizz!

#5 Using too much product

I don’t know about you, but before using the CurlMix Method, I was guilty of being HEAVY handed when applying products.

Growing up my Aunt Helen would always say, “You gotta add a little extra baby.” 

Even when extra wasn’t needed.

Many of us have this same misconception about the way products work in the hair. 

More = Better right?! 

Not with hair products!

We are often over saturating our hair with products rather than saturating the hair with water and applying only what product is needed.

This misunderstanding is most often held by those who assume that products are what give you curls.

But the truth is, CurlMix products are formulated to enhance your current beautiful curl pattern that exists naturally.

You do not have to pile on the product in order to enhance your curls.

Our products have a ton of slip, so long as the hair is dripping wet a dime or nickel size amount on small sections will provide ample coverage for your beautiful hair.

Also, if you use too much gel you run the risk of ending up with crunchy, flaky hair.

Your day one hair will have a crisp cast to hold the style, and it will soften over time, that's how gel works.

But your hair should still move, not be stiff, hard, and crunchy.

So save your coins and use only what you need.

Now it’s your turn

CurlMix Wash and Go works on Multiple curl types

In short, the best way to ensure you are using CurlMix properly is by using The CurlMix Method

It may feel like a long process depending on the length and density of your hair. 

But it has been tested over and over by thousands of CurlMixers successfully. 

Now go and experience your best Wash + Go Ever!

P.S.- Leave a comment and let us know what part of the CurlMix method you were struggling with and tell us which one of these tips you will incorporate into your next wash and go!


Precila Z.

I just received my 4 step, and thus far I am happy with my results. I haven’t loved my curly hair in a very long time. So excited to see what my hair look like after continuous use of CurlMix. I Will definitely be buying other products to help with my hair.


I’d love to see more tutorials for short to medium length 4c hair. Our curls shrink ALOT after a wash and go which I’m told means that our hair is healthy. I don’t have a lot of shedding but would love more curl defintion and less shrinkage. I’m hoping after a couple of years that my hair gets longer and I can have the fro that I really want.


I received my product and tried my first wash and go and you are correct in saying it may not workout the way you want the first time. My problem came with the 3rd and 4th step. I did not stay in the shower so the back half of my hair felt different than the front. Also my twists would not stay. I may have used too much gel or moisturizer but my hair would not dry with the blow dryer at med. heat. I do not own a diffuser and decided to sit under a hooded dryer to dry on low. The result was not the soft curls and so I did what I usually do, braid it while damp and let it air dry. I will try again and keep the water flowing during the last two steps and maybe dry down on high this time in sections to see if that helps. I have not taken braids out yet to see the final result. I will watch more videos and read through tips again before my next attempt to try and get a better outcome.


Your product works well and my hair looks beautiful after the process. But, I have to wet my hair every morning to get some type of definition to my curls because they have completely flattened. This isn’t easy now because of it being winter. Using a silk bonnet nor silk pillow case has helped. Just seems like too much work. Instead of wash and go, I have to wash and do.


I have 4c hair and nothing I’ve tried has worked. I used this product and my hair is still dry and hard. I don’t know what to use…

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