We all have our favorite routines, methods or tricks that we do every day without giving a second thought. It doesn’t mean they are absolutely correct, though.
In the first article, we were discussing most common makeup mistakes that should better be avoided.
Here, let’s continue with hair care and try to identify some of the habits that you should reconsider.
Brushing your hair when it’s wet
Remember that wet hair is extremely fragile. Brushing your hair when it’s wet can lead to breakage, split ends, and dry hair.
Instead, let your hair get semi-dry (about 80%) and then use a wide-tooth comb and work your way from the bottom to the top to get rid of tangles.
Over-shampooing your hair
There’s no need to shampoo your hair more than once (twice if it’s oily and dirty) a week.
You may think your hair is squeaky clean by the end of it but believe us, that’s not the truth. You will end up stripping your hair of natural oils and leave it high and dry.
Use a gentle everyday shampoo and conditioner and your hair will thank you. Also use natural oils to recover your damaged hair.
Too many heat styling tools
Who doesn’t love sleek straight hair or voluminous curls? Alas, these require a lot of time and heat tools to achieve.
Do you know that you can permanently damage your hair if you tend to use too much heat while styling your curls?
Prolonged use of these tools can cause a lot of damage to your hair leaving it limp, dry, and losing its natural shine. High and excessive heat destroys your hair shaft.
You should be extra careful with heat while doing your hair routine in winter. Due to lower temperatures and less humidity in the air hair tends to get dryer quicker during colder months.
There are several ways to minimize the damage. First of all, you can use a heat-protection product. Also, pay attention to how you use your dryer – dry at a medium temperature until it’s about halfway dry before going in with a brush and increasing temperature. Don’t put dryer nozzle too close to your hair.
You can also try heatless methods like these:
Using Silicone based hair products
Silicone hair products are absolute hogwash.
While these products give you the illusion of strong, shiny hair, the silicone just sits on top of your hair, not allowing it to absorb any nutrients.
Over time this will lead to build up and dryness, as it doesn’t let the conditioner seep through your hair. So, stay away from them!
Too much teasing
Big poofy hairstyles are always fun, but most of them require you to tease your hair violently.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize the damage regular teasing can cause including breakage and split ends.
Give the teasing a miss and use a bump-it or try this YouTube tutorial for some great alternate ideas.