hair care mistakes to avoid

Hair Care Mistakes To Avoid

Are you tired of dealing with dull, damaged hair? It could be that you are making some common hair care mistakes. By learning about what these hair mistakes are then you can help to keep your hair looking at its very best.

Hair Care Mistakes To Avoid

Washing Your Hair Too Often

I struggle with this one because I love squeaky clean hair. And working in a preschool with all sorts of things flying around the air. Well, it just makes me want to wash my hair every day! But unfortunately, over-washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils. And then this means that your hair will be dry and brittle. Therefore making it prone to breaking easily. So try to limit your hair-washing routine to every 3 days. And if you can, then try and stretch it to every 4 days.

Using Heat Styling Tools Too Often

hair care mistakes to avoid

All heat styling tools can cause damage to your hair. And don’t be fooled by the ones that promise to be ‘safer’ for your hair. This is not really true because any heat styling tool such as flat irons, curling irons and hair dryers can still damage your hair.

The best way to avoid heat damage to your hair is by using heat styling tools less often and by using a heat protectant spray. I have been using the  Hask 5-In-1-Leave In Spray that you can find in this bundle.

It’s really made a huge difference in regards to avoiding heat damage. Even my hairdresser noticed that my hair was in better condition since I have been using this leave-in spray the last time I went for a trim so that’s a huge positive!

Using The Wrong Hair Products

It’s important to use products that are specifically formulated for your hair type, whether your hair is curly, straight, thick, fine, oily or dry. Using the wrong hair products for your hair type can risk damaging your hair or leaving it looking dull and lifeless.

Skipping Regular Haircuts

The best way to get rid of those unattractive split ends is to go for regular trims. Even if you are trying to grow out your hair. Regular trims are essential for preventing split ends, and breakage. As well as for promoting healthy hair growth. Similar to how trimming dead or damaged leaves from a plant promotes healthy growth and allows new leaves to thrive! Therefore it’s essential that you don’t skip those trips to the salon for a trim every 6-8 weeks.

Tight Hairstyles

Try to avoid wearing your hair in tight styles such as braids, buns and ponytails every day. Because these hairstyles cause too much tension on your hair which may lead to breakage.

Brushing Wet Hair

When hair is wet it is more fragile and can break very easily. So be careful to avoid running a brush vigorously through your wet strands. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb or a detangling brush. Then very gently work out any tangles.

Towel-Drying Your Hair

This is a very common hair care mistake and one that I used to be guilty of! When I was in a hurry to get my hair dry I would rub the towel over my hair vigorously. Unfortunately, this is one of the most damaging things for hair. Because the rough texture of a towel actually creates friction on your hair and this causes breakage, split ends and even worse…the dreaded frizzy hair. The best thing to do to remove excess water from your hair is to very gently press it with a microfiber towel or even an old cotton t-shirt works well.

Washing Your Hair In Very Hot Water

Hot showers especially in winter are wonderful, however, they are not great for your hair. The reason for this is that hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils and this can lead to dryness and breakage. It’s best to wash your hair in lukewarm or cool water instead.

Neglecting Your Scalp

A healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair so don’t forget to give it some attention. When washing your hair use your fingers to massage your scalp and this will help to remove any build-up and promote blood flow.

Using Too Much Product

Overloading your hair with too much product can cause it to build up and weigh it down. Making your hair appear oily, greasy and dull. Instead, use a small amount of product and make sure to work it through your hair evenly.

Skipping Conditioner

Conditioner helps to restore moisture and nutrients to your hair leaving it feeling soft, sleek and healthy. Another benefit of using conditioner is that it helps to detangle your hair making it easier to manage. Choose the right conditioner for your hair type and remember to focus on the ends of your hair where it tends to be the driest.

Not Using A Hair Mask

Another one of those common hair care mistakes is neglecting to use a hair mask. Hair masks give your hair nourishment because they are made to deeply condition and hydrate your hair. This helps to improve your hair’s texture and shine. If you use heat styling tools or colour your hair then using a hair mask regularly is a must.

Not Protecting Your Hair From The Sun

UV rays can be harmful to your hair and cause it to become dry and brittle. Wearing a hat will give you great sun protection for your face as well as your hair.

Using The Wrong Hair Ties

Using the wrong hair ties can cause damage to your hair. Hair ties that are too tight or have metal rings can cause damage to the hair shaft and breakage. Elastic hair ties can also be damaging, especially if they are too loose because they can cause your hair to get tangled and knotty. Go for hair ties that are made of a soft, stretchy material like the old phone cords. Scrunchies and hair clips are also very much better alternatives.

Detangling Hair Without Protection

It’s important to add hair care products such as a leave-in conditioner before you start to detangle your hair. If you brush or comb your hair without any protection it can cause damage. When detangling your hair it’s also a great idea to use a wide-toothed comb or a brush with soft bristles to avoid too much pulling on your hair.

Sleeping With Wet Hair Often

Sleeping with wet hair often can cause damage because your hair is weaker when it is wet. It’s ok to do this once in a while but not a great idea to sleep with wet hair frequently.

Use A Shower Cap When Showering

If you don’t need to wash your hair when showering remember that the steam and humidity from the shower will cause your hair to go frizzy and tangled. As soon as the humidity hits your hair it ruins the texture because the moisture causes your hair to swell and become porous. Over time this can lead to breakage and split ends. One of the best ways to avoid this is to use a shower cap with a terry towel liner to absorb any humidity.

In Conclusion

Hair care is a fundamental part of our beauty routine. But unfortunately, sometimes we make mistakes that can really damage our hair. By avoiding common hair care mistakes, such as skipping regular trims, rough towel drying, and using heat styling tools without protection. Then you can maintain your hair looking its best.

By incorporating healthy hair care habits into your daily routine as well as using the right hair products, you can enjoy healthy, shiny and beautiful hair. So don’t let these common hair care mistakes prevent you from having the healthy and glossy hair you deserve.

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2 thoughts on “Hair Care Mistakes To Avoid”

  1. Great advice!
    I have my own shampoo for dyed hair but ended up using my youngest girls shampoo earlier in the week and my hair feels awful now. I never thought about using wrong hair products until now. I’ve learned my lesson. x

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