Don’t worry! We’re all guilty of at least one of these.
Styling your hair can be pretty fun, exciting and even addicting at times, especially when there are so many things you can do to your tresses that show off what type of personality you have or to match your new fashion preference. But it inevitably leads to hair damage.
With everything you do to your hair, how much time do you actually dedicate on keeping your hair healthy? Here are a few common mistakes you’ve probably been doing to your locks without even knowing.
Here are the ways you’re damaging your hair
1. You use the wrong type of comb or brush
So many women make the mistake of just buying either the cheapest or the cutest looking brush in the department store without thinking twice if that type will suit their hair but your choice of teeth or bristles can either strengthen or break your strands. If your hair has split ends, chances are that you always have a difficult time brushing your ends because of too many tangles. Don’t use a fine-tooth comb for detangling. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb or a flat paddle brush and start from the ends up to your roots. Those round vented brushes? They’re really best for blow-drying. Knowing which tool to use can help save your hair from breaking easily and from damage.
2. You condition your roots and not the ends
You should shampoo from the roots to the the tips to wash away the dirt buildup on your scalp, but you should only use conditioner on the tips. The point of using conditioner is to moisturize your hair strands to prevent it from becoming dull and dry. Conditioning your roots may cause your scalp to become oilier than usual that may lead to skin problems, so best avoid going too far up when giving your tresses a treat.
Editor’s tip: For healthier, more beautiful hair, use Sunsilk Damage Reconstruction Shampoo and Sunsilk Damage Reconstruction Conditioner. This pair gives your hair twice more protection from both natural and chemical damage and revitalizes your hair leaving it smooth, healthy, and shiny.
3. You use high heat to dry and style your hair at the same time
When you set the heat on your flat iron, curler, or blow-dryer on high, what you’re doing is burning your strands and possibly damaging your hair follicles. If you do this everyday, you might notice your hair becoming drier and more damaged as time goes by. Even if you’re in a rush, you should dry and style your hair separately. Don’t skip it—dry your hair first before getting that straightener on, and remember to only go for medium heat settings to avoid damage.
Editor’s tip: Always protect your hair from heated styling tools with a heat protectant spray like TRESemmé Kerating Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray.
4. You bleach your hair too often and doing it yourself
Coloring your hair may be fun because it’s another way of self-expression, but if you’re into lighter shades or vibrant colors, then you’ll need lighter locks, and that means bleaching. Bleaching basically takes out the melanin in your hair, and the risk of damaging your locks is high. To avoid brittle and rough strands, ask your salon expert when it’s safe to bleach your hair again. Getting the opinion of professionals is important especially if you love coloring your hair.
5. You use the wrong product for your hair type
Not all shampoos and conditioners are created equal, and not all are hiyang for you. First, identify your hair type then research about what hair products are beneficial and can make wonders to your locks. It may take time to find the right products for your hair, but the search is worth it. If you start to create your own hair regimen, stick to it no matter how busy you are. Always make time to keep your hair healthy and you will reap the benefits.