The beauty battle one has with managing hair can feel like a neverending one. There are two ways to address this kind of woe: first, get to know your hair. Understand what makes it tick, what makes it happy, and how to nourish it in the best way you can while keeping its style under control. The second is, unfortunately, from established habits that generally give you the desired style, but compromise the integrity of your hair health. If nobody has told you before what these harmful habits are, it can feel like your world is being turned upside down. Here are the top 10 ways you're ruining your hair - and how to make a comeback.
Wearing your hair in a bun or ponytail too often.
It's oh-so-easy to resort to a ponytail or high bun when you're feeling too lazy to do anything with your strands. However, when you create tension in the same areas on your scalp due to repeated styles, you increase the chance of weakening the strand and even causing shedding.
Using too many heat styling tools.
Most likely, your hair stylist has told you to be careful about overdoing straightening or curling your hair on a regular basis. Especially if you're bleaching or coloring your hair, you want to make sure you're giving your hair a rest and using heat tools no more than once or twice per week.
Not using a heat protection spray.
This is a serious criminal offense in the haircare world, and you will be scolded if caught straightening your hair without at least a leave in conditioner by a stylist. Trust us, a decent heat protection spray is well worth the investment, and will save you from having to get any dead ends cut off.
Using the wrong hair ties.
Relying too much on dry shampoo.
While it's actually not the best idea to wash your hair every day, it's also not ideal to completely forego it altogether. Using too much dry shampoo over a span of a few days can cause serious buildup on your hair, which deprives your strands from much needed oils to nourish and strengthen them..
Overdoing the volumizing spray.
For those of you with fine hair that tends to fall flat, it's very easy to get in the habit of using volumizing spray on a regular basis. The problem is that in order to get that fullness you want, you have to damage the follicle. We recommend giving texturizing spray a try.
Using the wrong brush.
If you've got fine or damaged hair, using brushes with natural bristles are going to create a lot of tension and potentially breakage. Vent brushes are a much gentler option.
Wearing extensions for too long.
Extensions can be highly addictive - after all, who doesn't like having rock star mermaid hair? The problem is that if you have the weave-in extensions for long periods of time, they can create a HUGE amount of stress on your scalp and ultimately prevent your hair from growing. A great option is tape-ins (or clip-ins, so you can take them out right before you go to bed).
Detangling wet hair.
Wet strands are particularly delicate, so brushing immediately after you get out of the shower is a no no. We suggest running your fingers or a wide tooth comb through when you've still got your conditioner in (or even a Wet Brush).
Using too many protein masks.
Seems strange, right? If you regularly bleach or dye your hair, protein is going to be a huge help. However, there is such a thing as over-proteinized hair, and it looks very similar to damaged strands. Make sure you swap out protein masks for moisturizing masks every other week to make sure you're getting enough nourishment.
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.