Despite stylists’ best efforts, most women commit at least one hair faux pas daily, which ultimately, compromises the overall integrity of their strands. So how can you step up your haircare routine to ensure your locks are in tip-top shape? Check out the surprising hair mistakes we all make and easy ways to stop doing them stat.
Mistake #1: Using hot tools on the highest setting.
Different hair types require different levels of heat. Think of an iron: You wouldn’t use the same amount of heat on a silk top as you would a table linen. The same rule applies to hair: Those with finer strands should stick to a low heat setting, while those with thick, coarse hair can go a bit higher. Another tip? No matter what heat setting you use, always apply a heat protectant before styling.
Mistake #2: Drying hair with a T-shirt
Using a regular bath towel to dry off your locks is obviously a big no-no, but using a T-shirt may actually do more harm than good. Most T-shirts are made from cotton, much like a bath towel, and can cause damage and frizz when you rub them against your hair. Your best bet? Opt for a microfiber hair towel and avoid rubbing it against your hair at all costs. Instead, wrap your hair up straight out of the shower, then allow the towel to absorb the excess moisture for 10-15 minutes.
Mistake #3: Piling on the products
Dry shampoo has become a staple in every girl’s bathroom cabinet, but did you know that piling on too much can actually clog the hair follicle, prevent hair growth and weigh your hair down? If you’re a dry shampoo or styling product devotee, use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to get rid of impurities and build-up.
Mistake #4: Pulling hair into super-tight ponytails or topknots
Though a high ponytail or bun can make your cheekbones look higher and give you an instant facelift, pulling it taut every day will result in thinning and breakage. Instead, mix up your styles with a loose low ponytail or braid.
Mistake #5: Shampooing your ends
Piling your hair on top of your head when you shampoo is something that should only happen in hair commercials. Applying shampoo to your ends isn’t necessary and will eventually result in dryness and breakage. Instead, apply shampoo to your roots and mid-lengths, then allow the shampoo to cleanse your ends as you rinse your hair out.