Is your hair just not as healthy as it could be? Does it look and feel frizzy, unruly and damaged but you can’t figure out why? You could be doing some pretty damaging things to your hair without even realizing it. If you feel like you are using all of the best hair products, tools and routines and your hair STILL doesn’t look and feel it’s best, keep reading to see 8 of the most surprising bad hair habits that you need to break right now.
1. Blowdrying Soaking Wet Hair
Patience is key, especially when it comes to styling your hair. If your hair is still wet enough that you can ring moisture out of it then odds are that it’s still too wet to blowdry. When you apply a high volume of hot air to soaking wet hair the better the chances are that it will frizz. A good rule of thumb is that hair should be about 60% dry before you start blowdrying.
2. Using Regular Bath Towels to Dry Your Hair
It’s time to ditch your bath towel because in case you haven’t heard, using a t-shirt or a microfiber towel like Devacurl’s Devatowel is essential to healthier hair. Softer textured t-shirts and microfiber towels dry hair faster and are much more gentle on hair resulting in less frizz and breakage.
3. Brushing Wet Hair Without a Detangler or Leave-In
No matter your hair type or texture, you should be using a leave-in conditioner or detangler on damp hair prior to brushing. Leave-in conditioners help to soften and detangle the hair and coat the strands with nutrients needed to make more hair stronger and more elastic prior to brushing to help to prevent breakage. Check out our list of some of the best detanglers and leave-in conditioners here.
4. Using Damaging Hair Ties
Just about everyone knows that using rubber bands on your hair are a big ‘no-no’, but just as damaging are the hair ties with the metal fasteners that can snag and break hair strands on tug too tightly on your hair. Using snag-free, crease-free hair ties like Invisibobble’s traceless hair rings are a perfect way to get the style you want but without the breakage.
5. Sun Damage
Believe it or not, using an SPF on your hair is just as important as using one on your skin – especially if you have color treated hair. Sun damage on the hair can lead to thinner, duller, flatter and drier hair and no one wants that. Click here see all of the ways to protect your hair from the sun.
6. Overdoing It With the Hot Tools
We love luscious curls, beach waves and pin-straight hair as much as the next person, and we understand that those are looks that you can only achieve with the help of hot tools, HOWEVER, using tools in moderation and protecting your hair while doing so is imperative to maintaining healthy looking and feeling hair. If you’re a styling fiend, we suggest restricting the use of hot tools to only when it’s absolutely necessary, read: don’t use hot tools everyday. Instead, use a protectant hold spray like Ouai’s Memory Mist to protect your strands from heat damage while simultaneously locking in the style for days to come.
7. Neglecting Your Scalp
What some people don’t realize is that our scalp is an important part of our hair’s health. The more attention we pay to our scalp, the healthier and shinier our hair is. You should remove buildup from your scalp at least once a week with an exfoliating scalp scrub like R+Co’s Crown Scalp Scrub, Crown will remove buildup from dry shampoo and hair spray and will re-balance your scalp to promote hair growth and hair that shines.
8. Using Harsh Products
Using shampoos with sulfates and hairsprays with high alcohol contents are examples of products that can be too harsh on your hair. Sulfates in shampoos will strip your hair of the natural oils which ultimately lead to breakage, frizz and dehydrated hair, while hairsprays with high alcohol contents can dry hair out making it brittle and dull. Opt for an alcohol-free hairspray like Kenra’s Alcohol-Free Shaping Spray.