We fry it, we dye it, we let it soak up chlorine….are you locks not so luscious? We may think we know what’s best when it comes to our mane, but there are many common mistakes that we are making! From excessive heat to brushing while wet, we have 5 common hair crimes that you may be committing and some solutions from the experts to help save those tresses.
THE PROBLEM: You’re Washing Your Hair Too Often
We have heard about it time and time again but washing your hair daily can truly wreak some havoc! If you’re lathering up daily you are stripping your strands of their lovely essential oils. This ends up leaving your hair dull, dry and lackluster..no thanks. In an article for Romper, Jill Soller- Mihlek, hairstylist at Dvir Salon, suggests trying to wash your hair every second or third day.
On those skip-the-wash-days try using a dry shampoo..it’s a life saver. Dry shampoo soaks up excess oil and grease leaving your hair looking and smelling fresh and clean. If you haven’t found the right dry shampoo, not to worry, you can easily find the Top 10 Dry Shampoos on Influenster!
THE PROBLEM: You Expose Your Hair To Chlorine
Summer is upon us we know you are already wearing your floppy hat to protect your locks in the sun but getting in the cool relaxing water is inevitable! Chlorine can seriously damage your hair…and sorry blonds you seem to get the brunt of it! Livestrong states that when chlorine touches the hair it sucks the nutrients out causing the cuticles to crack..umm what?! What does that me…essentially that chlorine will make your hair dull and dry l as well as potentially create split ends…we’ll take a pass on that.
Bustle suggests soaking your hair with tap water before hopping in the pool. This will prevent your individual hairs from sucking up the chlorinated water. Next, apply an oil to your hair, this will act as a barrier between your precious flow and the harmful chlorine. Lastly, once you’re finished with your day in the sun Livestrong suggests washing your hair with a chlorine-removing shampoo!
THE PROBLEM: You Brush Your Hair Fresh Out Of The Shower
Some people are addicted to getting out of the shower and dragging a brush through their wet locks. STOP! When your hair is wet it is extra vulnerable. The water weakened the bonds in the hair and when you brush through there can be major damage that leads to breakage and frizz.
Beauty guru Michelle Phan says if you must brush through your hair before it drys try using a wide-toothed comb. This will be much easier on your strands that a normal brush!
THE PROBLEM: You Blow Dry With Fire
We know your blow dryer isn’t actually spewing flames..but if you’re using the hottest setting to dry your hair straight out of the shower you may as well be. Celebrity stylistFelicia Leatherwood says that blasting your hair with ultra hot air leads to dryness frizz and breakage, oh my!
Either let your hair air dry until it is just a little damp and then blow dry or rough dry your hair at a lower temperature and turn up the heat when styling. Dailymakeover suggests to always apply a heat protectant, this will help with any heat damage. A good blow dryer will always make a difference in your hair as well!
PROBLEM: You’re A Pony Tail Addict
If a classic perky pony is your go to look you may be damaging your lock. According toSTYLECASTER, if you’re making your ponytail too tight and in the same spot too often you can permanently damage your hair because you are pulling your strands too tight and not letting them relax!
If you can’t stay away from that peppy pony try using a hair friendly binder! This will be a lot easier and gentle on your strands while you get to rock your favorite look!
Now you know. Ready to stop the madness with these common hair care mistakes?! We are too. Will you try some of these tips? Have any to share that we missed? Let us know in the comments below! Head to the Influenster website for more!