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17 Hair Routines That Are Really Harming Your Hair

It’s easy to get into a routine.

But it’s difficult to unlearn things that you thought you knew.

Particularly, when it comes to your hair.

After all, don’t you know what’s best?

It’s been with you all of your life.

Well…there’s much more to it than that.

Short or long, curly or straight, blonde or brunette — your hair is your crowning glory.

But sometimes you make damaging mistakes without even realizing it.

Don’t worry, there are fixes too and they just might be a lot simpler than you’d expect.

And in today’s article, we will tell you the mistakes that are damaging your hair without

you even knowing it.

From shampooing too much, blow drying at the wrong temperature, not drying your hair completely,

styling it too tightly to overwashing and more, read till the end to learn about all

of them.

Applying conditioner on your 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.

Intense towel drying:

Intense towel drying can create a harsh friction against the hair

cuticle which can lead to dull and frizzy hair.

Instead of a towel, go for an old t-shirt that is made out of microfiber.

Since it is much smoother, it is much better.

Using the 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 as they are

not porous as natural brushes.

Try using boar bristle brushes which are considered the best for getting shinier, healthier, stronger

and smoother hair.

Blow-drying hair with the wrong temperature:

Your hair is very sensitive to anything extreme.

Be it heat or cold.

And talk about a blow-dryer that’s too hot.

In an effort to dry your hair faster, you could be totally frying your strands without

even knowing it, plus triggering frizz and split ends.

Patience is a virtue here.

Begin blow-drying your hair on the lowest heat setting possible.

You may not need anything hotter than that, so don’t jump straight to the extremes.

Brushing hair with the wrong temperature:

Like we mentioned earlier, your hair is too

sensitive to anything extreme.

And anything you do while it’s too moist could also be problematic.

Your hair is at its most fragile when wet, which is why brushing or combing just after

the shower is a big no.

At this stage, it is very easy for even healthy hair to snap from tension.

To avoid breakage, use your fingers to detangle and part your hair after towel-drying.

Using a hair tie when it is still wet:

Hair is at its most fragile when it’s wet.

Braid it, curl it, flip it around, pull it back into a ponytail or bun, whatever, as

it’s drying, it is a huge cause of breakage.

Using hair ties will also result in a strange texture once hair has dried.

Sleeping on wet hair will lead to an unspeakable disaster in the history of haircare.

Try using a styling cream and twisting hair in sections as it dries so that you don’t

put stress on your strands.

Not drying your hair completely:

We have to mention it again.

Your hair is sensitive guys!

If your hair seems to get frizzy after blow-drying, then it’s very likely that you aren’t

drying your hair fully.

If your hair looks dry but feels cold to the touch, it’s a warning that there’s still

moisture left in your hair, so be sure that every section has been dried to room temperature

post-blow-dry.

It’s the only way to protect yourself from unsightly frizz.

Styling hair too tightly:

Hate your h air falling loose every time so you braid it really

tight?

Congratulations on your hair breakage.

Putting tension on the scalp is a great way to cause breakage, especially when it comes

to tight braids, ponytails, and hair accessories.

Stress at the hairline results in hairs being pulled out at the root, and wearing the same

hairstyle consistently results in repetitive stress on the same areas thus causing hair

damage.

Let your hair down and give it all a rest once in a while.

Holding on to length that isn’t healthy:

Long hair is so closely tied to femininity

in our culture, that women will go to great lengths to hold on to their long hair.

Even if it means keeping long hair that is damaged, fried, and breaking.

Short healthy hair is always more flattering than long damaged hair.

One way to keep your hair healthy is to get regular trims so prevent split ends.

Over-washing your hair:

This is a hotly contested topic, but when you wash your hair too much

you are stripping your hair of essential oils.

As a result, your hair might overcompensate and create more oil, causing greasy hair.

If you have a coarser or more curly hair texture, over-washing can dry your hair out causing

frizz and breakage.

For finer hair types start by washing your hair every other day.

For thick or curly hair types, once a week washing is fine.

Using products with drying agents:

If your hair is chronically dry, the culprit might

be in the products you use.

Try switching to alcohol or paraben free shampoos and conditioners, and don’t use styling

products with alcohol.

Not making enough time to properly care for your hair: Time is precious.

Not many of us want to spend an entire afternoon taking care of and styling our hair.

But to achieve your perfect hair you need time and patience.

Whether it is time at the salon or time spent deep conditioning or detangling, making your

hair look its best sometimes takes more time than you anticipated.

So be aware of that and make sure to set aside the time it takes to achieve the look you

want.

Using Too Much Hot Water:

Many people are washing their hair with hot water and this

is a very serious mistake.

Hot water activates the oil-producing glands and strips the hair of color.

It is for the best to wash it with warm or tepid water, in order to remove the dirt,

dilute the oil glands’ secretions and improve blood circulation.

Ideally, you should end the procedure by using a cold shower.

Such a finish will definitely stimulate the circulation at the roots of your hair, making

it look shiny and smooth.

Using a Hairdryer Incorrectly:

The improper use of hair dryer can seriously damage your

hair.

Here is a step-by-step guide to using your dryer properly and avoid mistakes.

In the first instance, soak up the excess water off your hair with a towel.

After that, by using a flat nozzle attachment on your hairdryer which you should position

at a sharp angle to the hair strands, begin to dry your hair from roots to ends.

This technique will close the cuticles.

While the hair is still very wet, you can switch the dryer to maximum temperature and

then gradually start decreasing the temperature to avoid over drying, thus damaging your hair.

We would advise giving preference to dryer models with multiple temperature settings

when buying a new one.

End the process of drying by treating your hair to a few blows of cold air.

Aggressive and Frequent Combing:

If you comb your hair too much it can lead to overstretching

and breakage.

It is also important to know that your hair is weakest when it is wet and this means that

you should never comb it immediately after showering.

First, wait for the hair strands to dry up a bit.

Second, gently separate them with your fingers.

Start combing your hair from the roots and move toward the ends, using a comb with wide

teeth.

Also, to prevent snarls after showering, brush your hair before you hop in.

If you prefer combing while showering, apply conditioner or hair mask first, untangle the

hair strands with your fingers, and then brush it with a wide-toothed comb.

Skipping Heat Protection:

You probably know by now that heat is one of the most damaging

elements to your hair.

During the hot sunny days wearing a hat is a must in order to offer good protection for

your hair from the harmful rays.

When you are buying a hat, make sure that it isn’t sitting too tightly on your head

and that it’s comfortable to wear.

Despite the Sun, using heat styling devices is another common hair sin.

Styling irons, hairdryers and suchlike cause your hair to lose fluid and make it brittle

and dry.

If you can’t do without frequent blow-drying, curling, or flattening, don’t forget to

apply a heat-protective spray first along the whole length of the hair to shield strands

and smooth cuticles.

Using heat protectors will proactively protect your hair from damage, ensure shine, calm

frizz and prevent dryness.

Also, make sure you never use hairspray before curling or straightening, only after.

The alcohol in it burns in contact with heat.

Not oiling your hair regularly:

Summer doesn’t mean that your hair will not be dry at all.

Regardless of the weather, your hair needs a nice old massage at least once in a week.

Use either coconut or olive oil to keep your scalp hydrated.

You can also use an essential oil to make your hair smooth, shiny and soft.

What type of hair do you have?

How many of these hair mistakes have you made?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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