We all dream of having a head full of healthy hair, but if you’re like most women, there’s probably a few things standing in your way. Peep these six bad hair care habits you need to break ASAP for tresses that truly turn heads!
1. Styling Wet Hair
Did you know that split ends and damaged tresses aren’t just a result of coloring and over-styling, but actually doing your hair when it’s wet too? “Girls tend to throw their hair up in a bun once they get out of the shower, and this is deadly,” warns Andre Walker, Creative Director of Andre Walker Hair, LLC and seven-time Emmy Award winning stylist to Oprah Winfrey. “It’s best to towel dry your hair, and do it as gently as possible,” he advises, “being sure not to tug too hard.”
2. Forgetting To Brush Your Hair
And no, not just because it’s a hot mess! According to former salon owner and beauty expert Annie Mayo, brushing your hair 50 to 100 strokes a night is vital in that it helps spread the natural oils from your scalp to the ends of your hair. “Remember to use a boar bristle brush as opposed to a plastic brush,” she stresses. “These are able to better distribute the oils and make your hair shiny.”
3. Using A Rubber Band As A Ponytail Holder
As convenient as it is to grab a rubber band from your desk and put your hair up, doing so could cause your locks some major breakage, says celebrity hairstylist Angelo David of Angelo David Salon. “Use hair-friendly elastics (like Goody) to keep your ponytail in tip-top shape instead.”
4. Washing Your Hair Every Day
“We all love that feeling of freshly washed hair, but washing it too often can strip away your color and hair’s natural oils, which in turn, keep your tresses healthy and moisturized,” says stylist Amina Bouch of Pierre Michel Salon. “Shampooing every other day is fine if your hair gets oily fast. Otherwise, just wash every three days,” she advises.
5. Not Protecting Your Tresses From The Sun
Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that needs to be protected when you go outside, notes Andre. “Make sure to apply a good hair product with UV suncreen before heading outdoors, and if you decide to take a dip in the pool or ocean, don’t forget to wash your hair right after. Both chlorine and sun will damage your hair by bleaching its color (particularly if you have highlights),” he says, “and making it weak.”
6. Using A Sudsy Shampoo For Your Curls
Managing multi-textured hair is all about combating frizz first explain founders (and sisters) Miko and Titi Branch of Miss Jessie’s natural hair care products. And, of course, fighting frizz begins with the right shampoo. “Sudsy shampoos are often too tough on curls and can create a dry, coarse texture. Our pick is a non-sulfate, no sudsing cleansing crème, like our Crème de la Curl,” say the sisters. “When you eliminate the suds, you eliminate further drying of your hair!”
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