We quickly develop hair habits and we stick to them day-in and day-out. But are these habits actually promoting hair health? Chances are, you’re making at least one of these very common hair care mistakes. Here are 10 of the most common ways that we cause damage to our hair and how best to avoid them.
1. Blow-drying Your Hair Upside Down
The upside-down blow out became popular a few years ago because of the notion that it would be less damaging and would create lush volume. But it’s now known that the disadvantages out weigh the advantages. The best way to create long lasting volume and frizz free hair is to section your hair and use a round brush to create voluminous, smooth and completely dry locks – and it takes less time.
2. Don’t Mix Hairspray and Heat
Have you ever sprayed your hair while curling or straightening and then heard sizziling and cracking sounds? That’s the sound of your hair frying. When hairspray comes in contact with heat, the alcohol in the hairspray burns. Heat is already damaging to your tresses so it’s important to protect your hair from heat damage. Use a thermal protector to style and leave the hair spray for holding the style in place.
3. Don’t use the Same Shampoo Year Round
Just like your skin, the moisture level of your hair changes season to season. Surely you’ve noticed in the winter that your hair is dry and brittle. Your products should change with the season. When you’re out in the sun and swimming in pools during the summer, opt for a clarifying shampoo. In the winter opt for shampoos that add moisture and prevent dryness.
4. Avoid Using the Same Brush for Years
There is a lot of debate over how often your should replace and clean your hair brush. We don’t think there is a magic number. After all, not all hairbrushes or ‘hair-brushers’ are created equal. However, you should frequently clean your hairbrushes – at least every 4 months – with soap or a mug of vinegar. This will clear the brush of build up product and germs. Once bristles start breaking, the brush could start damaging your tresses so it’s time to toss the brush and go find a new one.
5. Brushing Your Hair While It’s Still Wet
Wet hair is swollen hair and that means that the weaker strands are more prone to breakage and damage. Tugging on your tresses post-shower is not only damaging, it’s futile because you really can’t style your hair until it is about 80% dry. We understand that you don’t always have time to let your hair air dry – or even blow dry. If you’re going to brush your hair, try a wide-toothed comb, it’s softer on your tangles and don’t style until your hair is 80% dry.
6. Securing Hair Too Tight with Elastic Hair Ties
Elastic hair ties actually cause split ends and damage to your beautiful tresses. It is recommended to use cloth hairtyes for strong, healthy hair. You can also use them as an accessory rather than having a black or brown elastic around your ponytail. But another common mistake is tying hairstyles too tight with elastics. Over time, wearing a tight bun or ponytail results in hair loss and breakage because the tightness restricts blood flow to the hair follicles. If you wear a tight hairstyle, spend some time massaging your scalp once you’ve let it down.
7. Brushing Your Hair From the Roots
We’re all guilty of picking up our brush and quickly running It from roots to ends, barely stopping at the tangles. But brushing your hair from the roots down causes breakage. Instead, separate your hair into several sections, grab a section in the middle and hold your hair while you gently detangle your tresses.
8. You Neglect Your Bangs
Bangs shape your entire look. They can emphasize your best features – or your least favorite. They need to be strategic and they need to be shown a little TLC. Don’t wait until your next trim to get your bangs trimmed. We recommend getting them trimmed every 3 weeks, and most salons offer a complimentary bang trim!
9. Applying Products at Your Roots
Products such as oils, mousse, gel and volumizing spray can definitely amplify your look. But keep these products to the shaft of your tresses (mid-length until the ends) and avoid putting it on your roots – unless of course its root lifter.
10. Not Being Mindful of Your Eating Habits
You know that your diet is important for your overall health and that includes your skin, nails and hair! Eat foods that are rick in B6 and B12 vitamins such as rice, strawberries and peppers. The healthier you are, the healthier your hair is.