ARE YOU UNKNOWINGLY DAMAGING YOUR HAIR?
Today I’d like to talk about everyday damaging hair habits that may be destroying your hair! I’ve said it before, no hairstyle will look truly beautiful on your hair if it’s damaged! In addition, hair that’s well taken care of and healthy is much easier to style. So let’s get down to business.
Are you guilty of these damaging hair habits?
1. Brushing wet hair.
Water swells the cuticle and stretches it out – as a result, any tension or pulling applied to your hair while wet can cause breakage. Some say not to brush it at all, I say you can and should detangle it, but you need the proper tool and you need to be extra gentle! I suggest using a wide tooth comb or, my personal favourite, the tangle teezer! I’m absolutely in love with this product and haven’t used anything else to brush my wet hair in years! It detangles your hair perfectly without pulling and it’s also perfect for distributing any leave in conditioner evenly throughout your hair.
2. Rubbing your towel harshly against your hair or wearing those big towel turbans….
Eek, every time I see someone (my fiancé…) do that I cringe! Again, wet hair is much more fragile than dry, so treat it with extra care and it will reward you instantly with less frizz! You can use your towel to gently squeeze out some water at first, then either use a paper towel or an old cotton t-shirt to gently squeeze out any excess water before applying a leave in conditioner. No rubbing! And no turbans made out of heavy towels, so you don’t weaken the roots of your hair by pulling on them.
3. Tying wet hair into a high pony or bun.
For the same reason as discussed above, if you don’t have time to dry your hair before going out the door, it would be a better idea to braid it loosely or put some salt spray in it, crunch it and let the wind do the rest.
4. Overdoing it with hot tools…
Ok, most of us like to use some sort of hot tools to make our hair “listen” 😉 But try not to blow dry it AND flat iron it right afterwards. Wait until your hair is 80% dry and use a blow drier at the end at medium heat. ALWAYS USE HEAT PROTECTANT! If you’re going to flat iron it as well, make sure your hair is already completely dry and again, use heat protectant!
5. Skipping haircuts…
Ok, this is not strictly an everyday habit, but I will still mention it! 🙂 If you’re growing your hair out YOU CANNOT skip haircuts! This will only insure that by the time you do go to get a haircut, you’ll only end up having to take off more of your length. Besides, do you really want long hair with visibly damaged, dry ends? Chances are they will keep breaking off and you won’t see any real hair growth after a while. Instead ask your hairdresser for a dusting every 6 – 8 weeks.
I understand your worries… some hairdressers don’t seem to understand the term dusting (trimming 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch) and after a couple of horror stories you’ve decided never to go to a salon ever again! Sounds familiar? 😉 I’ve certainly been there! After moving to Barcelona I’ve had to find someone I could trust and it wasn’t easy at first! 🙂
My advice to you, if you don’t already have a hairdresser you trust, is to take the time to do your research. Don’t go in to the first salon you see. Ask around, browse Instagram! Many salons nowadays post pictures of their clients haircuts on the internet and we have many opportunities to find something we like. Once you do find someone, be sure to communicate with them well! Tell them what you’ve been unsatisfied with in the past, explain what you want. Terms can sometimes be misunderstood, so be sure to also show pictures of what you like AND what you don’t like. Tell about your everyday routine, like how much time you’d like to spend on styling your hair daily. Explain to the stylist that you plan on coming regularly for a trim, that you want to grow out healthy hair and that you’re looking for a dusting only. Don’t be afraid of over communicating 😉 After all, it’s your hair! If you find a salon with good, professional stylists and you explain yourself well, they will do as you ask. After all, why would they want to loose you as a client?
Ok, I’ve said my piece…:) Let’s move on to the last bad habit I’d like to mention:
6. Tying rubber elastics too tightly and taking them off wrong…
This especially applies to many braid lovers, myself included! If you’re creating braided up-styles and half up-styles often, be careful of how you tie your elastics! By tying them too tight you can cause damage at the ends. Not only that, if you’re only tying off part of the hair, close to the head, be sure to isolate and tie off only the hair that needs to be tied and don’t tie the elastic too tight! If you get other hair tangled in it, you’re going to have a really hard time taking it off without pulling out and breaking your hair. So be very careful when taking them off. Isolate only the section that’s tied, pushing any other hair aside and gently slide the elastic off (you should be able to do that if it’s not too tight).
If you liked these tips, why don’t you pin it and share it with your friends?
Have a great hair day!