Daily Shampoo Damage and the Other Biggest Hair Care Mistakes You Can Make
There are a lot of rumors out there about healthy hair care habits, and many of them might be doing your scalp and tresses much more harm than good. You may be following some of these habits yourself, or you may know somebody else who isn't properly caring for their hair.
We’ve tracked down some of the most common hair care mistakes that you might be making so you can avoid them altogether. Want to keep your locks looking their best? Here’s what you need to avoid — starting now.
Washing Your Hair Too Much
This is probably one of the most common hair care mistakes that you may be making. We all want hair that looks healthy and, of course, clean. However, washing your hair too much can do more damage than good. Frequent washings can dry out your hair and leave your strands looking dull and frizzy.
Dealing with tangles can be frustrating, especially if you have long hair that’s prone to knots. However, you can cause a whole lot of damage — like breakage and split ends — if you’re brushing too roughly. When it comes to those tough tangles, opt for a detangler spray instead of yanking on your hair.
Wearing Your Hair Up Too Often — or Too Tightly
It can be tempting, especially on rough days, to just pull your hair up into a ponytail. However, those hair bands can cause breakage by stressing your strands. Instead of hair bands, try using a hair clip when you need to get hair away from your face.
Combing Hair Roots to Ends
Always detangle your ends before heading up to the roots. This is a very common mistake that can not only lead to pulling your hair out but can also result in major breakage that leaves your locks looking less than ideal.
Not Wetting Your Hair Before Hopping Into the Pool
This hair care mistake is especially important for those with blonde hair or highlights. Chlorine in pools can cause discoloration to hair, giving it a green hue if you don’t take a simple step beforehand. For everybody else, it's still important though — pool chemicals can damage hair of any color.
Neglecting Scalp Care
Your scalp is the base from which your hair grows, so you should give it just as much care as you do your hair itself. It's easy to understand how people can neglect this element of hair care, but it's just as important to have a healthy scalp so that your hair can look its best.
Using the Wrong Hairdryer
Using the wrong hairdryer can damage your hair in more ways than one. While it may seem quicker and easier to use a hairdryer at the highest temperature to get your hair dry quickly, that’s not a great idea unless you want to damage your hair.
Setting the Heat High on Your Styling Tools
Hairstyling tools can also go up to high temperatures that aren't necessary for getting the style you want. A lot of people believed, at least in the past, that the higher the heat was, the longer the style would hold. That's not only untrue but can also really damage your hair.
Not Protecting Your Hair From Heat
As you probably know by now, heat can be a big contributor to hair damage. Too much of it will cause breakage, fried ends and overall dryness. The best way to combat this, especially if you use hot styling tools often, is to invest in something that protects your hair from that heat.
Teasing Too Much
Sometimes we just want big, voluminous hair, but that can come at a high cost. People have used teasing to achieve this look for generations, and it works well. However, doing this too much can harm your hair’s cuticles and cause the strands to break.
Not Using Serum
Most of us use serums for our faces, right? Well, why not our hair? Many hairstylists recommend that we should all be using serums or oils on our hair. It not only keeps our scalps healthy but our hair as well.
Another important part of your hair care routine is to make sure that you're taking the time to deep-condition your hair. There are lots of product options available, and many of them aren't too expensive. You can even buy little individual-use packets that have the right amount of product for one conditioning session.
Not Protecting Your Hair From the Sun
The sun can cause damage not only to your skin but also to your hair. We always hear about applying sunscreen, but it's not as common to protect your hair from UV damage. It’s totally understandable why this is one of the more commonly overlooked hair care mistakes.
Using the Wrong Brush or Comb
When it comes to using a brush or a comb, make sure that you're using the right one for your hair’s length and texture. There are some dos and don'ts. Firstly, avoid plastic or metal combs; they can cause excessive pulling, breakage and static.
Not Getting Regular Trims
Getting a trim does a lot for hair health. It's important to schedule a trim once every six to eight weeks or so. It'll deal with those pesky split ends and also help promote hair growth. Some people neglect the trim, believing that it helps them retain their length, but that isn't the case.
Washing Hair With Hot Water
A lot of us love our hot showers, but when it comes to your hair, it's better to keep the heat down. As mentioned, heat causes damage — and that’s heat in just about any form. Hot water can strip natural oils from hair, leaving your scalp dry and your tresses looking stressed.
Not Shampooing Enough
There’s a flip side to the issue of washing your hair too much — you still need to wash it enough. This is particularly the case if you use a lot of styling products; you want to ensure that you're removing all the buildup that gels, sprays and other products leave behind.
Being Too Rough With Your Towel
It's common to wrap hair up in a towel after a shower and leave it on for a time, allowing the towel to soak up the excess water in your hair. While that isn't a problem in itself, being rough on your hair when using the towel is a problem.
Using Your Hairdryer on Dripping Wet Hair
You don't want to put any more heat on your hair than you have to. Attempting to dry your hair while it's still dripping wet will put unnecessary heat on it for a longer period of time. Gently towel-dry your hair before going at it with your blow-dryer.
Not Cleaning Your Brushes and Combs
When you're in a hair salon, you’ve probably noticed the combs and brushes soaking in a bluish liquid. That's because hairstylists need to sanitize their tools between clients. While you don’t need to go to these lengths, it’s still important to keep your tools clean. After using your brushes and combs for a period, there’s bound to be some dirt and oil buildup.
Not Drinking Enough Water
Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your overall health — and when it comes to hair health, it's also true! Lots of people aren't drinking enough water. Their hair can suffer for it, and it's a common mistake.
Not Getting Enough Essential Vitamins
Beauty starts on the inside, right? Well, hair care has the same rule. If you aren't taking care of yourself properly by getting enough vitamins, your hair won’t look its best. Again, this mistake is a pretty common one — but an important one to correct as soon as possible.
Choosing the Wrong Shampoo
We all have different hair types and hair concerns. If you have fine, straight hair, you certainly shouldn't be using a shampoo made for thick, curly hair — this shampoo can weigh it down. Ensuring that you're using the right shampoo for your hair type is essential for proper hair care.
Having Poor Sleeping Habits
Sleeping on the wrong pillow with your hair down can cause breakage in the long run. Luckily, there are solutions. Replacing your cotton pillowcase with a silk one is one of the best things you can do for your hair while you're sleeping.
Shampoo and conditioner go together — think of them as a package deal. And there’s a good reason they make a perfect pair. When you shampoo your hair, you should also condition after.
Using Cheap Styling Tools
There are times to save money, and there are times to choose quality — even if it costs more. Hairstyling tools fall into one of those areas where you shouldn't skimp too much. Cheap styling tools are going to do more harm to your wallet in the long run when you might need to pay more to fix your extremely damaged hair.
Using Products With Harsh Chemicals
A very common hair care mistake is not looking at the ingredients in the products you're purchasing for your hair. Sometimes, though, people don't know what's bad for hair and what's not.
Using Hot Tools on Wet Hair
There was a trend a little while back when it came to hair styling that involved using tools that could supposedly style your hair while it was wet. We're talking about straightening or curling your hair from wet to dry. This is a very, very bad idea in terms of hair care.
Sleeping With Wet Hair
We mentioned this earlier, but it's worth some elaboration. Sleeping while your hair is wet is not only going to make your hair appear limp and lifeless, but it can also cause a lot more damage than sleeping on dry hair.
Overusing Dry Shampoo
Using dry shampoo every now and again isn't going to cause issues — it can be really handy during those times when you’re in a mad rush. But overusing it will cause issues. Dry shampoo leaves buildup that, over time, can block hair follicles and prevent new growth.