Everyday we do lots of things to our hair, wash, brush, comb, dry, apply massive amounts of products and we are usually in a rush when we’re doing these things. Having beautiful healthy hair is achievable by changing a few of our daily hair habits! Here are a few common mistakes we make that damage our hair without us being aware of the damage we are causing.
Over washing and conditioning your hair
You should cleanse your hair and scalp on a regular basis, but only when needed. Over washing can strip the hair from the natural oils and hair colour will lose vibrancy and shine. Just like you can over wash your hair, you can over condition it too! Conditioner should only be applied to the lengths and ends of your hair, rather than the scalp area. If you’re putting conditioner on your scalp, it can cause itching and dandruff.
Neglecting your hair
Regular deep conditioning treatments will hydrate the hair and protect it from the elements, this is especially important if you colour your hair. A rich, deep treatment once a week is sufficient.
Mistreating your wet hair
Avoid brushing the hair when it’s wet, rather use a big, wide tooth comb to gently comb the hair after you have washed it. Hair is fragile and weak when it’s wet, and brushing the hair incorrectly will cause breakage. If you shampoo your hair in the shower, brush a comb through it whilst you have the conditioner in, using a wide tooth comb, working your way up from the bottom.
Overuse of hot tools
Always use a heat protector on your hair if you use straighteners, hair dryer or tongs. Heat styling dehydrates the hair, making it brittle and easy to break, so when using hair sterling tools, be gentle and kind with the hair. Most importantly, never use straighteners on wet hair, this will cause steam and can burn the hair!
Not having regular appointments
Don’t miss your six week appointment! Having hair appointments every six to eight weeks are very important to maintain your hair and ensure it stays in fabulous condition. By making sure all those dead ends are trimmed off to avoid split ends and knotting.
Too many chemical processes
Hair needs a little bit of time to rest! So try to live with a slight bit of a regrowth as this will prevent overlapping of colour, especially if you use lighteners. If you’d like to pamper yourself with a hair refresh how about treating yourself to a moisturizing hair masque instead of a new hair colour?
Adjusting our daily hair habits can make a positive difference in the health of your hair, we just need a bit of advice and knowledge! If you have any queries about your hair health we’d love to chat with you. Drop us a DM on Instagram.