Treat your hair well if you want to achieve that lustrous shine you have been wanting. How you style, dry, or wash your hair can impact its ability to have that glorious appearance. Try avoiding these 15 biggest hair care mistakes you have been doing all your life.
1. Washing your hair too often
Cosmetologist Dr. Sama Rais said that a daily hair washing is not okay “as shampoos have harsh chemicals and can remove the essential oils from the scalp, causing an over-drying of the scalp. Thrice a week is good enough. Even if you perspire, just pour plain water on the hair. If your hair suffers from Hyperhidrosis (a problem of excessive sweating), you may have to wash every day. But use only a mild shampoo, which is suitable for your hair.”
2. You’re flat ironing wet or damp hair.
The solution to this is to blow dry or air dry your hair first, but just be sure it’s completely dry before you proceed with flat iron styling.
3. You don't brush your hair before you wash it.
Brushing the hair gently a few times a day is an excellent practice, particularly when especially it's long. It conditions the strands, distributes oils, and promotes a healthy scalp.
4. Using Hairspray Before Styling
Hairstylist Kirsten Patterson said, “Only use heat protectant sprays first. Hairspray and heat from the curling iron can really dry your hair out, so it's important to only use it once you're finished styling.”
5. Stop conditioning your scalp
Michon Kessler, the owner of Nevada's Studio M, says: “Your ends need all the oil and nutrients, so condition from the ends in toward the scalp. Be careful to keep it away from your scalp, it will only make it oilier.”
6. Thinking You Can Mend Split Ends
The solution is to find a product, such as L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion, that creates a protective barrier against harsh UV rays and excessive heat styling.
7. Rough-drying your hair with a bath towel
Jenna Mast, a New York-based hairstylist, said: “It doesn’t matter how low-maintenance you are—don’t stretch and pull that wet, delicate hair! Instead of aggressively tousling it, twist it up in a nice, not-too-tight towel-turban.”
8. Under-Conditioning Hair (Especially If You Have Coarse, Curly Hair)
According to Kiyah Wright, a two-time Emmy Award-winning celebrity hairstylist, “If you have textured or coarse hair, ditch your shampoo and co-wash, washing with just conditioner. Using just conditioner will leave your curls healthier and easier to maintain when you hop out of the shower.”
9. Rinsing with hot water
Mast said, “It’s fine to use hot—not steaming—water to rinse out your shampoo. This allows your hair cuticles to open up and ensures your strands are clean from the inside out.”
10. Putting wet hair in a ponytail
According to celebrity hairstylist Deycke Heidorn, “hair ties and pins put too much pressure on hair shafts and are something to absolutely avoid using in the shower. Instead, consider using a large clip to hold up your hair on the top of your head, where there will be the least amount of pressure and pulling as you shower.”
11. Skipping Heat Protection
Renee Loux of Women's Health Magazine suggests “Before blow-drying, let hair air dry until just damp… and opt for the warm setting instead of hot to avoid habitual heat damage.”
12. Using the Wrong Brush for the Style You're Trying to Achieve
According to Vincent Sideli, a hairstylist at the Yves Durif Salon in New York City, “Natural boar bristle brushes are best for curly and straight hair. The boar bristle is gentle on the hair, smooth cuticles, moisturize hair and create a beautiful, glossy finish.”
13. Coloring or highlighting too often
Kim Vō, BLONDME global ambassador and celebrity colorist, said: “Take breaks between your color ‘relationships. If at-home temporary hair color isn’t enough of a shade shift, hair extensions can do the trick of transforming your tresses, adding dimension without the color commitment.”
14. Brushing While Wet
Mast said: “Giving your hair a nice detangle before you get it wet is the key to avoiding detangling afterward.”
15. Detangling Your Hair Too Roughly In The Shower
According to Waveney Antoine, owner of Koil Hair, “For curly and coily girls, one big no-no that can majorly stunt hair health is to detangle too roughly in the shower. In the shower, if you're yanking overly hard on a gigantic clump of curls, the sound of the water beating down will muffle the sounds of breakage. Even though the brushing may not hurt much because of the slip from the conditioner, if you fail to be gentle enough, you can do a whole lot of damage because your fragile ends will still pop off and wash down the drain without you even noticing.”