By now you know that you must take care of your hair to keep it looking healthy and shiny. You probably wash and condition it regularly and try to limit damage. What you may not know is that you could be making some pretty common mistakes that are costing you the best head of hair possible. Don’t worry – you aren’t alone and making simple tweaks can get you where you want to be. Here are the things that we girls shouldn’t be doing to our hair.
1. You Brush Your Hair after You Wash It
According to top hair care experts, your hair is at its weakest when it’s wet, making it the worst time to brush. I’m not saying you shouldn’t brush your hair, but you need to start doing it before you wash instead of after. If you must detangle after you wash, use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb instead of your brush.
2. You Wear Your Hair Pulled Back Tightly Every Day
If you sweep back every single chunk of hair from your face, it can age you. Surprised? Apparently, a pulled back style showcases your fine lines and wrinkles. Experts say that you should let some hair fall around your face to soften the look because a pulled back ponytail or top knot can also make you look younger if you do it this way instead.
3. You’re Still Sporting Your High School Cut
Yes, it looked drop dead gorgeous while you were roaming the halls of your alma mater. But, it might not be working so well these days. Hair trends change – you know that! But, your face fills out and you get a more mature look as you get older and your hair style should complement it. Talk to your stylist about the best cut and style for your face shape and lifestyle. You’ll be so glad you did!
4. You Wash Your Hair Every Single Day
Unless you sweat heavily or something gross gets in your hair, you probably don’t need to wash it every day. In fact, hair experts say that you can easily go at least one day between washes and some people can actually go two or three. Too much washing strips the natural oils from your hair, which leaves it dull and lifeless. Simply rinse and use a lightweight conditioner each day and that’s all you need.
5. You Vigorously Towel Dry Your Hair
Yes, you need a towel to dry your hair, but rubbing it too hard can break and damage your strands, leaving you with damaged, frizzy hair. Instead, you should gently blot your strands with the towel, then allow your hair to air dry. It will take longer, but the gorgeous head of hair you’ll get in exchange is totally worth it.
6. You Spray Your Hair before Curling or Straightening
When you spritz your hair with product before heat styling, you probably hear that telltale sizzle. This is basically your hair being fried. There’s no reason why you have to apply hair spray before. Instead style as you like, then apply product. You’ll get a softer look that is much healthier.
7. You Tease Your Hair Every Single Day
Hair that has volume looks great, but teasing it on a daily basis is terrible for it. Regular teasing breaks your hair and damages every strand. Save this technique for special occasions and try using root lifting spray or other volumizing products instead. You’ll love how much healthier your hair is this way.
Which of these mistakes are you making? I’ve made them all so don’t feel bad! How are you going to make changes for the better?