Your hair is a delicate part of your body and there are certain habits that can affect your strands negatively; resulting in you losing your luscious locks. Here are five of the worst things you can do to your hair and quick fixes that can help you recover it’s glory.
Brushing Your Wet Hair
Wet strands are not only heavier, but more elastic and delicate, so stretching it out with your brush will cause the strands to break.
Instead, brush your hair before you step in the shower. Giving your hair a nice detangle before you get it wet will help you avoid detangling afterwards.
Once you’re out, use a brush created specifically for detangling gentle, wet hair, like the Wet Brush. They are gentler on your locks and are specifically made to not break, pull, or damage your strands whether it’s wet or dry.
Rough-drying With A Bath Towel
A lot of people are used to taking a towel to their whole body immediately after hopping out of the shower. But that should be avoided.
Instead of aggressively tousling your locks, twist it up in a nice, not-too-tight towel-turban. This you can do upside down, rightside up—whichever way you’re comfortable with. The idea is to get the moisture out of your hair.
Washing Your Hair Often Or Not Enough
Washing your hair more than you need to can strip away the natural oils that keep it healthy, making it more brittle and prone to breaking.
On the other hand, the trend washing less and less often is catching on, but following it can cause the pores on your scalp to become congested from excessive oil, which will attract even more dirt and debris.
The best thing to do is to reduce the number of times you shampoo to three to four times a week. In between shampoos, soak up oil with a light coat of dry shampoo on your roots and use a bristle brush to distribute hair oils from root to tip for extra natural shine and conditioning.
Rinsing with Hot Water
The damage done by this is similar to that caused by flat irons and hair dryers. If you think it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to put in your hair.
You can make use of hot but 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.
However, the minute you condition, rinse with cold water to seal the cuticle closed. This adds a healthy shine that will last until your next wash.
Applying Conditioner From The Roots
When applying conditioner, it’s best to start at the midshaft of your hair toward the ends. The ends of the hair are the oldest, meaning they’ve been on your head the longest, contain the least amount of moisture, and are the most dead, so this is the area that needs the most conditioning.
Using the right amount of conditioner is important. The amount you need depends on the length, thickness and texture of your hair, so be sure to ask your stylist the correct amount you should be using.