Your hairstylist wants your strands to look their best, but there's only so much he or she can do -- you need to develop the right habits so that you can keep your hair healthy and fab for weeks after your visit to the salon. Read on to learn ten things every hairstylist really wishes you would stop doing to your hair.
1. Sleeping in a ponytail or a bun.
Sleeping with your hair pulled tightly back, especially with an elastic, causes breakage. If you just can’t stand sleeping with your hair down, it’s a much better idea to sleep in a loose braid.
2. Over-washing your hair.
Too much shampooing will strip your hair of its natural oils and dry it out, leading to brittle strands. Most people should be going at least a day between washes. Check out this article to learn which routine is best for you.
3. Brushing wet hair.
Your strands are most vulnerable to breakage when wet, so you need to be careful with them. This means that you don’t rake a brush through them! A wide-tooth comb is much more gentle. Of course, how you brush your hair is equally important. Which leads us to our next problem…
4. Brushing hair from the top down.
Whether wet or dry, you should always brush your hair starting at the ends and work your way up. Going the opposite way will result in more tangles, split ends, and broken strands.
5. Holding spray cans too close to your hair.
It sounds odd, but holding aerosol products like Kenra's Platinum Dry Shampoo far away from your head when spraying will result in a better look than if you hold them right up to your head. This is because the products need exposure to air before they make it to your strands. This prevents white or oily patches from showing up in your ‘do.
6. Tugging on split ends.
Although this temporarily hides the problem, it’s actually making things worse in the long run. Tugging on your strands causes them to rip apart, worsening any splits that already exist. Try Pureology's Strength Cure Split End Salve Treatment. Helps strengthen, smooth split ends and prevent further damage for shiny, beautiful results.The only way to truly take care of your split ends is to get a trim. Speaking of...
7. You don't get enough trims.
Healthy hair requires a trim every now and then. To avoid letting split ends get out of control, visit your hairstylist every 4-6 weeks.
8. Using rubber bands.
Regular elastics are one of the worst culprits when it comes to broken strands. Stick to loose hair ties.
9. Using hot tools on wet hair.
The only heat you should ever allow on wet strands is that which comes out of your blowdryer, and even then it is important to use heat protectant like PRAVANA's Nevo Invisible Control Heat-Activated Thermal Protectant. Run your fingers through your hair after you finish blowdrying – if it feels cool, it’s still wet so you need to wait a little longer before you style. Otherwise, you will fry your strands!
10. Rubbing your hair dry with a towel.
Your hair is delicate. By drying it with a towel, you will cause breakage and open the cuticle, meaning it won’t reflect light and give your hair a healthy shine. This is why you should very gently pat your hair dry (with a soft t-shirt instead of a towel) or just let your hair air dry.
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