Even the best hairstyles won’t look great if you’re committing these hair care crimes. Not sure what they are? Read on to discover the 9 most common hair care mistakes — and see if you’re guilty as charged!
1. Towel Drying
Oh, yes. You know you’re doing this (we all do). But it’s one of the worst things you can do for your hair. Did you know that rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel can cause significant hair fall?
Regardless of hair type, the friction from all that kneading can snap your hair and cause it to get tangled up.
But don’t worry — you don’t have to swear off towels completely.
It’s still ok to:
- Soak excess water from your hair (by pressing your towel gently against your hair
- Wrapping your hair up to dry
Just don’t rub your hair like you’re trying to skin a chicken.
2. Using Too Much Heat
If towel-drying is off the books, what about hair dryers?
Sure! Use them. With caution.
Heat damage most commonly occurs when you hold the hair dryer too close to the hair. Ever got your hair stuck in the device? Ever feel like your scalp just got out of the oven?
That’s what we mean.
To dry your hair properly, make sure your hair is at least 2-3 inches away from your hair. Don’t get rough on your hair — we know you like tousling up that mane when firing up the dryer — but try using a brush to part those hair strands, instead rearranging your scalp with your hands. It’s worth using a heat protective product, too.
Another source of heat damage is styling irons. Curling irons, flat irons, crimping irons — these are a sure-fire way to burn your hair to hell, if you’re not careful. Always use a heat protective product. Try ours, or try something else. Just don’t leave your hair to chance.
3. Not Combing Your Hair Out
This hair mistake is most common for straight and wavy-haired gals. Do you comb on wet hair? Do you try to untangle your hair in the shower?
Let’s hear a little truth: When your hair is wet, it’s heavier, flatter, and more prone to snapping. And if you have fine hair, that’s just abuse.
Instead of brushing wet hair, run a comb through it before you get in the shower. Smooth out those tangles before spritzing them with water. Your hair will thank you for it.
The only exception to this is when you’re conditioning your hair. Combing wet hair then can actually help spread the conditioner better and make it easier to deal with tangles. Just remember to use conditioner before and while combing your wet hair.
4. Not Managing Split Ends
Most of us go through a phase when we want to have as little fuss with our hair as possible. But forgoing your hair cut is not the way to go.
All hair are prone to split ends, and at all seasons. In summer, your hair is exposed to the sun, which can cause split ends; in winter, your hair is prone to harsh, dry winds, which also causes split ends.
Sorry to break it to you, but split ends are a thing.
And if you don’t manage them, they’ll make the rest of your hair brittle, dry, and look like you’ve just had a failed science experiment.
Schedule regular hair cuts. This helps keep your hair healthy and split-end-free. If you prefer to cut your own hair, a good rule of thumb is to remove an inch every 2-3 months.
Oh, and try a bit of hair oil to moisturize the ends of your hair.
5. Not Using Conditioner
Got curly hair? This one’s for you.
We get it. Super-curly hair tangles easily, dries out like cake in the sun, and doesn’t blow in the wind like Gal Gadot’s.
The biggest thing to remember when dealing with thickly curled hair is to always use conditioner. Your curls will want plenty of it to minimize tangles and frizz. This means conditioning every day.
The key here is ensuring your hair is absolutely full of its natural oils and the added boost from conditioner. While conditioning, try to sort out any tangles, too. The conditioner will make detangling a less painful process.
6. Using Too Much Shampoo
Here’s something you may not already know:
The main purpose of shampoo is to reduce the oil on your hair and scalp. It removes dirt, grease, and potentially any dandruff, that you hair has collected during the day.
But using too much shampoo can cause your hair to over-dry and become brittle. Even if you’re young and your hair looks like Rapunzel’s, you’ll want to be careful. Dame Gothel once had beautiful hair, too.
Try to shampoo your hair only once every 1-2 days. Shampooing more than once is a no-no. If you live in a dry climate, once every 3-4 days is also fine.
7. Not Knowing Your Hair Type
The general assumption is that you know your own hair.
But do you, really?
Is your hair thick or thin? Dry or oily? Coarse or fine? Spiral-curly or corkscrew-curl? Processed or completely untouched?
It might be worth asking a professional hairstylist. Sure, you may know certain things about your hair, like whether it’s been colored or curled, oily or dry, but your hairstylist will be better equipped to tell you if your hair requires different care around the crown or the nape of your neck, or whether some hair strands are finer in certain areas.
As age sets in, your hair type will change, too. Keep checking in with your hairstylist.
Making the effort to learn about your hair type will always keep you one step ahead in hair care — because it’s the only way you’ll know how to customize your hair care for you.
8. Not Knowing Your Skin Type
It may not seem relevant, but knowing your skin type is critical to proper hair care. After all, your hair grows out of your scalp. Whether your skin is oily or dry can influence how much of your hair is, too.
Oily skin can be a particular bane for people with thin hair and bangs, as the hair can pick up oil fairly quickly. Thicker hair doesn’t escape from problems either. Trapping all that oil can lead to breakouts on your scalp.
Not sure what your skin type is? Here‘s an in-depth tutorial on figuring out your skin type.
9. Over-Exposure to the Sun
Here’s another counter-intuitive thing that can lead to mistakes. Your hair and scalp need to be protected from sun damage.
Excessive sun exposure makes your hair more brittle, and can potentially cause a light-bleaching effect.
The good news is that you can avoid this with relative ease.
Don’t spend over-expose your hair to the sun. You may enjoy sunbathing in the summer (who doesn’t?), but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear hair products with SPF, or put on a nice hat with trimmings. There are even hats with UV protection.
Keeping Your Hair Healthy
If you’ve been committing any, or all, of these hair care crimes — it’s okay. Good hair care, like so many things, is a learning process.
Why not share your experience with us, and let us know what you’re doing to fix these hair care mistakes? We’d love to hear from you!