Your hair is one of the first things people see about you, and you want to make a good impression.
You’ve got the new cut, the trendy color, and you’ve figured out just the right way to style it.
But if you still find that your hair gets unruly and doesn’t quite behave the way you want it to, it’s possible that something you’re doing in your daily routine is sabotaging all your efforts.
Here are 9 hidden ways you’re destroying your hair:
You Shampoo Too Often
Your scalp produces natural oils that promote shiny, healthy hair. When you wash, you strip those oils off your hair shaft and scalp. The scalp then has to re-produce those oils.
If you’re washing your hair daily – or even multiple times per day – you’re stripping your hair of those oils too frequently.
A good rule of thumb is to wash your hair as often as necessary, usually every 2 to 3 days.
For those who workout daily, waiting that long between washes isn’t possible. In these cases, thoroughly rinse your hair with water, scrub your scalp, and apply conditioner to the ends of your hair only.
If you have an oily scalp, consider a hydrating shampoo and conditioner.
It may seem counter-intuitive to combat oiliness with more moisture, but your oily scalp could be the result of your scalp over-producing oils due to dryness.
To extend the time between necessary washing, invest in a good dry shampoo to help soak up those extra oils that can leave your tresses looking limp and greasy the day after you shampoo.
You Don’t Deep-Condition
Adding an extra deep-conditioning treatment can seem like an unnecessary extra step, especially if you condition your hair every day.
However, many hair experts say that routine deep conditioning is a non-negotiable step, especially if you heat style or color treat your hair, or it’s dry, damaged, or split.
Invest in a great hair mask or deep-conditioning treatment and get in the habit of using it once a week.
This is especially important for those who color-treat their hair in the week leading up to and following a coloring treatment. Deep conditioning helps seal the cuticle and protects your hair for the coloring process, allowing it to come out without looking fried.
And if you’ve got fine hair, it’s especially important to find the right mask that won’t weigh your hair down.
You’ve Used the Same Products for Years
Think of your hair products like your workout routine: After years and years of doing the same thing, your body gets used to it and doesn’t always respond the same way it did early on.
If you’ve been using the same hair care products since college, it’s time to switch things up for the sake of your hair.
For those who can’t really decide on a new routine, keep a couple different formulas of shampoo and conditioner in the shower and switch things up depending on how your hair feels.
Hair feeling dry? Reach for the deep conditioner. Need a little extra volume? Try a lighter formula to give things some life.
And if you’re really committed to your current shampoo and conditioner, work in an anti-residue shampoo once a month or so.
This type of shampoo will help remove all the built-up product on your hair shaft, giving you a clean slate with your old tried-and-true hair routine.
You Brush When Wet
When your hair is wet, it’s at its most elastic. And, as a result, it’s more prone to breakage if you stretch it too far by doing something like pulling a brush through the tangles and knots.
If your hair gets tangled easily, brush it before your shower to get rid of knots, then shampoo and condition gently.
Keep a wide-tooth comb in the shower to keep tangles at bay and to distribute the conditioner through your hair, and another wide-tooth comb after you shower.
For curly, wavy, or whirly (wavy-curly) hair, try gently finger-combing your hair during and after your shower. This method preserves curl and wave separation, leading to less frizz and better overall hair health.
You Towel Dry Too Roughly
When you step out of the shower, do you rub the towel over your hair to get it dry?
This could be leading to more tangles and damaged hair.
When you vigorously towel-dry, you’re roughing up the hair cuticle, causing frizz and tangles.
Instead, gently blot your hair with the towel. This will remove the moisture without roughing up the cuticle.
If possible, wrap your hair gently in a microfiber towel or hair turban to help continue to absorb moisture as you get ready.
You’re Not Using a Heat Protectant
Heat styling your hair can cause tons of frizz and damage, and many people style without using a heat protectant.
This can lead to breakage, split ends, and frizz, or the exact opposite of what you’re attempting to accomplish by heat styling.
Before you use heat on your hair, spray on a protectant. Heat protectants not only protect your hair from heat damage, but also seals in shine, decreases frizz, and keeps your hair from getting too dry.
You Threw Away the Nozzles on Your Hair Dryer
When you bought that new hairdryer, you may not have thought you’d need all the nozzles and attachments that came with it.
The attachments, though, do serve an important purpose.
The flat nozzle helps smooth out the cuticle and properly direct the heat. Drying your hair without it leads to frizz and an increased chance your hair will get knotted and tangled.
If you have curly or wavy hair, the diffuser nozzle helps decrease your styling time while preserving natural curl.
You Use Too High Heat to Style
Do you plug in your straightener or curling iron and crank the heat all the way up before anything ever touches your hair?
You could be unintentionally frying your hair, making it more difficult to style without flyaways.
Instead of starting all the way on high, start with the lowest setting and, if you’re not getting the results you need, turn the heat up by small increments until your style holds. Those with fine hair can probably stick in the first few heat settings, while those with thick or coarse hair may need to add more heat.
No matter what, make sure you’re using a heat protectant first!
You Use Too Many Products
If your bathroom counter is a jumble of bottles and tubes of hair-styling products, you may be using far more products than your hair needs.
Most stylists say you only need three products daily: a protectant, a styling product (such as a mousse for volume, a gel for curl hold, or an anti-frizz cream for taming flyaways), and a finishing product (such as hairspray or a texture spray).
Use cremes and oils sparingly, and only to the middle portion of the hair shaft.
Too many products can weigh down your style and cause extra build-up on your scalp and hair shaft, leaving your hair looking limp and lifeless.
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