OWhen it comes to proper hair care, it’s rare to find a “one size fits all” rule. Most things are nuanced and depend on many personal factors, like the length of your hair, how often you wash it, and how easily it frizzes. But! There are still hair habits that are categorically bad for you. everything the health of our hair, and they are more common than you might think.
To put an end to all the unintentional splitting, drying the scalp and frying the hair, we asked our favorite hair professionals about the common hair care mistakes they beg their clients to stop making. Plot ? Read on for their honest answers.
1. Shampoo too often
You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: overshampooing is one of the biggest hair care mistakes you can make when it comes to keeping your hair healthy and looking great. fresh air. Washing every day can strip your hair of its natural oils, making it more prone to damage and a host of other issues. “It makes the hair dry and the color fades faster,” says Alon Shalom, hairstylist and owner of Alon Shalom Salon in West Hollywood, California.
Although there is no universal answer to how often you should wash your hair (it depends on age, hair length, hair type, activity level and any a range of other factors), keep an eye on how your hair behaves to determine your ideal. number of weekly washes – if you have dry ends and dull color alongside an oily scalp, that’s a good sign you’re overdoing it.
When you decide to wash, Shalom recommends using keratin products like Gussi Keratin At-Home Treatment ($65) to help refresh treatment results and keep hair shiny and smooth for up to your next shampoo.
2. Not enough shampoo
On the other hand, stylists say that jumping too many shampoos can cause buildup on your scalp. “While it’s healthy to allow the natural oil produced by your body to lubricate your hair and scalp, it’s unhealthy to clog pores with dirt and debris,” says Amy Abramite, hairstylist and creative director at Maxine Salon in Chicago, Illinois. Not only can this lead to itching, discomfort and an oily-looking scalp, but it can also hinder growth.
If your roots look weighed down or visibly wet with sebum (read: very oily), it’s time to clarify with shampoo. Abramite is a fan of Kérastase’s Bain Divalent Balancing Shampoo ($38), which removes excess oil from the scalp without drying out the ends.
3. Apply conditioner to wet hair
If you want to get the most out of your moisturizing products (aka conditioners and masks), you need to make sure your hair isn’t too damp when you apply them. According to famed hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein, when these types of products are applied to wet hair, they have nothing to cling to, which means they end up sliding off the strand along the water. Not only is this a waste of product, but your hair is also missing out on the benefits of your products. Instead, gently squeeze any excess moisture from the pre-conditioner from the hair and repeat until the hair is damp instead of soaking wet. Apply a mask or conditioner and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing.
4. Pull out gray hair
We’d be lying if we said we never released a gray streak or two. But in the end, this will only make the problem worse. As Abramite explains, gray hair is unruly and coarse, and grows back even more unruly and coarse; so much so that those pushed back locks tend to stay straight, making them even more noticeable. “Flying flyaways are hard to manage with product, and believe me, we’ve tried everything,” she shares. “You’re better off leaving the grays untouched and using a touch-up color spray for temporary coverage.”
Her favorite color spray? Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray ($34), which comes in five colors and is small enough to toss in your purse for on-the-go reapplication.
5. Brush very dry or very damp hair
According to Stacey Ciceron, Oribe’s Global Hair Educator, brushing dry hair is one of the most common hair care mistakes that can lead to breakage. “Whether it’s detangling or styling, you want to dampen and soften the hair first before brushing or combing it to allow the tools to glide through,” she explains. However, you don’t want the hair to be too damp, because strands are most vulnerable when wet – “damp” is really the key word here. To further limit damage, use a soft-bristle brush or wide-tooth comb and brush upwards from the ends of your hair toward the roots instead of the other way around.
6. Apply “wet” hairspray before using heat tools
There are few sounds worse than hearing your hair sizzle and steam while styling your hair with a hot tool – it’s basically the soundtrack to damage. According to Joseph Maine, celebrity stylist and co-founder of Trademark Beauty, applying a strong-hold hairspray before using hot tools is a one-way ticket to this type of moisture burning and can cause serious damage to your skin. long term. Rather than ensuring your look lasts all day, using a heavy-duty hairspray on wet hair before styling can leave hair feeling stiff and strawy. Instead, Maine suggests using heat protectant while hair is wet to coat the cuticle — he likes Color Wow Dream Coat ($28). For extra hold, he suggests adding a texturizing spray, which won’t cause the sizzle and stickiness that comes with hairspray.
7. Working with too large sections of hair and moving too quickly when using heat tools
“When straightening or curling hair, the two problems I see the most are taking on massive sections of hair or just going too fast,” Maine explains, “A flat iron can usually straighten in one pass. if the section is no larger than the width of the plates and you slowly lower the strand. In curling, the same rule applies: do not take sections larger than the barrel itself.” Otherwise, you risk burn the hair closest to the barrel while waiting for the outer hair to get hot enough to hold the style in. Go slow and steady, and when in doubt opt for smaller sections.
While we’re talking about hair care mistakes, watch the video below to learn how to heat up your locks with as little damage as possible.
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