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Most Common Hair Care Mistakes

September 9, 2017

Hi all,

We all want shiny, gorgeous hairs. But we make some mistakes which spoils our hair.

 

 

How you wash, dry, and style can seriously affect the health and appearance of your locks. Are you making these hair care mistakes?

 

Not Brushing Before Washing

 

Hair is weakest when it’s wet, and wet hair is more prone to tangling. To prevent shower-induced snarls, give your hair a brush before washing hairs. If you like to comb in the shower, apply conditioner, untangle strands with your fingers, and then use a wide-toothed comb before rinsing.

 

Not shampooing correctly

 


First step is picking a shampoo that is correct for the pH balance of your hair and scalp. If you colour your hair, use colour-safe or sulfate-free shampoos that are gentle and protect colour from fading. If your hair needs hydration, look for nourishing shampoos.

 

Brushing the Ends Only

 

Massage scalp with a wooden-bristle brush like to stimulate circulation and hair growth and brush from roots to ends to add luster naturally.

 

 

Haphazard Conditioning

We’ve heard to condition only the ends to prevent flat, weighed-down tresses, but fine-haired gals should condition their roots as well since their hair is more susceptible to breakage. Over conditioning is another common mistake.  No matter how you condition, be sure to rinse until the water runs clear and use a clarifying shampoo from time to time to prevent residue build-up.

 

Intense Towel Drying

 

 

Most styling products direct you to use them on towel-dried hair, but rubbing hair too much will roughen up the cuticle, leading to dull hair, frizz, and breakage. Blot hair with a towel and shake out the strands with your fingers. Your hair will take longer to dry, but it will be healthier in the long run.


Brushing Too Much

 

 

Over-brushing can make your hair weak and it can lead to split ends and breakage.

Brush only when you have to, and make sure you’re using the right brush for your hair.

 

Going to sleep with your hair wet

 

 

When you sleep and move your hair it can cause a lot of frizz at the back of the head. Dry your hair before you sleep. Some people get lazy at night and do this but it only ends up causing more work for you in the morning. The problem is when you go to bed with your hair wet the cuticle is not quite sealed and with all the friction from moving around at night, it can cause frizz.

 

Skipping Heat Protection

We all know that heat is one of the most damaging elements to hair. But if you don’t want to live without blow-drying, curling, or flattening, always, always use a heat-protective aid to shield strands and smooth cuticles.  Before blow-drying, let hair air dry until just damp (use your fingers to shake out hair to speed the process) and opt for the warm setting instead of hot to avoid habitual heat damage.

 

Using Hot Irons on Damp Hair

Wet hair and hot tools don’t mix. Curling and flat irons can burn the follicles of damp strands, leading to weak and broken tresses. Hair should be completely dry before heat styling, period. Even when you’re in a rush.

 

Thinking You Can Mend Split Ends

Once hair has split at the ends, there’s no product that can mend it. The only solution for split ends is to prevent them in the first place (e.g. avoiding over-washing, rigorous towel drying, and abusing heat tools)—or to get a trim.

 

 

Washing your hair too often

 

 

It’s a common misconception that our hair, like our bodies, needs to be cleansed every day. The only thing you’re doing when you wash your hair every day is stripping it of the essential oils it needs to remain healthy. Unless you have very oily hair, you don’t need to wash your hair every day. Over-washing can dry your hair, making it brittle, so only wash when you have to.

If your unwashed hair is driving you crazy try a dry shampoo.

 

 

Skipping Conditioner

When you do wash your hair, it’s important to use conditioner, every time.

In fact, my stylist, who has curly hair that tends to frizz, uses a rinse-out and a leave-on conditioner, every time she shampoos.

Skipping conditioner can make your hair dull, dry, and prone to tangles.

 

 

Not being patient with your tangles

 

 

You probably should wait until your hair is 70-80% dry before you begin to brush through it. Any time before that could mean you’re brushing out the conditioning treatments and good oils and nutrients. Allow your hair to breathe for a little bit if you have the time. You’ll save your hair later.

 

 

Getting into a swimming pool without wetting your hair beforehand

 

 

If the hair is already wet, it won’t soak up as much of the chemicals that are in the pool water. Using a spray bottle filled with distilled water – distilled water will block the chemicals from making their way into the hair fiber – but regular tap water will do fine too.

 

Not being mindful of your eating habits

The foods you put into your body are reflected in your hair, skin, and nails. Food that carries B6 and B12 vitamins like rice, peppers, and strawberries help create red blood cells, which makes hair healthier and grow faster.

 

Addicted to the ponies

 

 

Girls love throwing their hair up in a ponytail after a long day. But this is a habit we all need to break. Hair ties are not our hair’s friend. They can cause serious breakage which causes frizz. If at all possible, cut way back on the hair tie usage and look into clips.

 

Skipping Trims

 

 

Even if you’re trying to grow out your hair, regular trims are important to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.

In fact, if you are trying to grow your hair regular trims can help keep your hair in shape. Visit your stylist for a trim at least every 8 weeks.

 

Lifestyle

 

 

Smoking, drinking too much, and skimping on sleep can really take a toll on your body, including your hair.

If you do over-indulge, and your hair pays the price, splurge on a hot oil treatment or deep conditioner to mitigate the damage.

Applying conditioner on the scalp

The biggest mistake which girls make is applying conditioner on the scalp. Doing so can actually clog your follicles and slow your hair growth. Apply conditioner only on the ends of your hair to keep it hydrated and protected against potential damage.

Using wrong size brush

 

 

Using all sorts of brushes for your hair? It’s time you stopped. Synthetic, plastic and metal brushes increase breakage and weakens your hair. Try using boar bristle brushes which are considered the best for getting shinier, healthier, stronger and smoother hair.

Tying wet hair

 

 

Most of us do not realise it but the major cause of hair damage begins when you tie your wet/ semi-dry hair. Doing so can lead to major hair problems like hair loss, hair thinning and in extreme cases, baldness. In addition, it can lead to dandruff problems, lice and scalp infections.

 

 

I freely admit I do make some of these hair care mistakes on occasion, as my stylist can confirm, but I’m trying to take better care of my hair! So are you doing the same mistakes if yes then stop doing this above mistakes and your hair will be shiny and beautiful like you.

 

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21 Comments

  • Reply fromroopalismind September 27, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Very informative post, I was not knowing many of these things

  • Reply Pooja Mahimkar September 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I have curly rough frizzy hair, this post was helpful

  • Reply prernasinha2000 September 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the review, much needed one it is! Keep it up!

  • Reply momsmethods September 27, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Really informative post.. I tie my hair up all the time in a pony.. Now I know what I’m doing wrong

  • Reply Shaila September 28, 2017 at 4:57 am

    These tips are really good. A very detailed post. Amazing

  • Reply Jainsneha September 28, 2017 at 5:06 am

    U have covered every thing in one post, if one follows this I’m sure the hair will be perfect

  • Reply Dr Bushra September 28, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Get to learn a lot about hair care from this post I usually iron my hair when it’s wet never know that we’ve to do after drying hair

  • Reply My Closet Diary September 28, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Great pointers for hair care, very helpful! 🙂

  • Reply Gleefulblogger September 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Amazing tips, in-fact there were few things which I was doing wrong. Will keep a note of this from now on. Thank you for sharing

  • Reply Ajisth's Mom Style September 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Very informative and helpful post thanks for sharing

  • Reply preetjyotkaur September 28, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Gosh I didn’t realize I was making so many mistakes. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips.

  • Reply Nisha Malik September 28, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Wonderful & very detailed post I must say. You managed to write every single mistake that one can make when it comes to hair care. Kudos to you.

  • Reply Judy September 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Informative post. I will try and implement it for preventing hair loss.

  • Reply Anchal September 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I myself make so many mistakes. Thanks for the tips

  • Reply ghazala786 September 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Nice and informative post , Will keep in mind these points 🙂 Thanks for sharing .

  • Reply Mrinal Kiran September 28, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I do more than half of the mistakes.. 😢 thanks for this post.. will keep in mind!

  • Reply Amrit Arvinder Kaur September 29, 2017 at 4:20 am

    These are really nice tips for hair care that will make our hair healthy.

  • Reply Nitika September 29, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Thank you for sharing these details.. I’ll be following these from now onwards for sure

  • Reply Papri Ganguly September 29, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Never know all such things about hair care. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Amreen Bashir Shaikh September 29, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Such an informative post this is. I’m used to some bad habits mentioned above and need to change them. Thank you for this 🙂

  • Reply jayshreebhagat October 3, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I am going through a bad hair fall these days. I think these tips will help

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