Hair often takes a backseat when it comes to beauty routines. But if you’re looking to make every day a good hair day, you need to give your locks some TLC, and that means paying attention to how to treat it when washing, drying and styling. Here are some mistakes to avoid.
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Washing your hair in a pile
Piling your hair on top of your head while you shampoo is one of the worst things you can do for your hair. This could lead to knotting and hence, breakage. Let your hair hang down the back of your head naturally while you shampoo and rinse for fewer knots and tangles.
Most people skip conditioner because they think it will make their hair oily or weigh it down. But not using a conditioner after you shampoo will leave your hair dry and brittle, making it prone to breakage and frizz. The key is to find the right conditioner for your hair type and only use it along the lengths of your hair, leaving roots and scalp free of the product.
Rough-drying wet hair
Rubbing it vigorously with a towel can lead to frizzy, dull hair. The fibres on your towel disturb the cuticle allowing moisture from the air to enter, making it frizzy. The lifted cuticles also make hair look dull as light is unevenly reflected off the lengths. Switch to a towel with micro-fibres like the Aquis Luxe Hair Towel, $46 and put your hair up in a turban to let it absorb water without disturbing the cuticle.
Combing or brushing your hair when it’s soaking wet
Your hair is at its weakest and most fragile state when its wet and hence, it's prone to stretching and breaking. Styling your hair, including combing it, when it’s soaking wet will only cause damage and hair breakage. Wait till your hair is about 70 to 80 percent dry before you style it.
Using the high heat to style your hair
Most of us turn the tongs, irons or dryer to the highest heat in a bid to style our hair quickly or more efficiently. But this will only dry out your hair causing more damage. Start with low to medium heat, and if you’re not satisfied with results move up to high. When blow-drying your hair, use medium heat but turn it on full power for best results.
Not using a heat protectant
Even if you’re styling your hair on medium heat, you still need to work in a heat protectant like Vernon Francois Light Weight Styling Serum that helps detangle and define hair while protecting it from heat.