Your hair contributes to how you look and feel, frames your face, and can be styled in a variety of ways to compliment your appearance and mood. Styling your hair can complete your look, but depending on your technique, it can also be damaging to your locks. Put your self-care routine to the test and see if you’re harming your hair without even knowing it with this list of 10 common hair care mistakes. If you recognize some of your own habits, don’t worry; it’s never too late to develop a healthy hair routine.

1. Washing Your Hair Too Often (Or Not Enough)

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 If you wash your hair too frequently, it can become dry and lifeless. When we over-wash our hair, we rob it of the vital oils that maintain it healthy and beautiful. The same is true for our skin. Similarly, not washing our hair on a regular basis might have major consequences. The accumulation of debris, dust, and additional oils in our hair causes the pores of the scalp to clog, which can result in hair loss or slowed hair development in some situations. Our scalp and hair deserve the same attention as our faces and bodies, so see a hair specialist develop a wash routine that works for you.

2. Rinsing With Steaming Hot Water

rinsing with hot water

 Even though we all enjoy hot showers at the end of a long day, our hair does not. Unfortunately, extra-warm showers have the same effect on our hair as hot tools. Excessive heat and steam easily strip our hair of its essential oils, leaving it vulnerable and prone to further damage. Hair experts advise taking mildly hot showers to allow your hair follicles to open and clean themselves. However, after conditioning, it is critical that you turn the water to cold to allow the follicles to close again and avoid the risk of ingrown hairs or irritation

3. Conditioning From The Roots

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 It is critical to avoid conditioning your roots when conditioning your hair. Conditioners, which are usually thick and heavy, clog the pores of the scalp. As a result, you will be more prone to ingrown hairs, damaged follicles, and excess oil. The hair on top of your head is the newest and, as a result, the most hydrated. Because the hair near the ends is older and dryer, it is critical to condition those areas. A good rule of thumb is that conditioner should never be applied above your ears.

4. Rough Drying With A Bath Towel

Rough Drying With A Bath Towel

 It’s easy to forget about towel drying your hair. We all love that fresh-out-of-the-shower feeling, especially when your hair is tied back and you’re lounging in your favorite bathrobe. Towel drying your hair, on the other hand, is extremely harmful. Breakage, hair loss, and overall damage result from the rough motion of running the terrycloth fabric through your hair. When your hair is wet, the strands become especially elastic, making them brittle when handled incorrectly. Try using a cotton T-shirt or a microfiber hair wrap the next time you shower. The T-shirt method is ideal for people with curly hair and hair plopping. Simply place your hair inside the shirt and tie it up like a bath towel. However, if you have the time and patience, try air drying; your hair will thank you.

5. Using Wrong Type Of Hairbrush

Wrong the type of Hairbrush

 Each hair type necessitates a unique hairbrush. Most of us skip hairbrush research and grab the prettiest one at the drugstore, but being intentional about what you use to style your hair will make a noticeable difference. Curly-haired people should use a boar bristle paddle brush. This brush does not cause curls to lose their shape or frizz; rather, it leaves the strands moisturized and smooth without causing any pain. Straight-haired people should use a brush with a combination of boar and nylon bristles. This brush is ideal for people with thinner hair because the bristles glide through the hair without irritating the scalp or pulling on the follicles.

6. Forgetting A Heat Shield When Using Hot Tools

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 When using hot tools on your hair, it is critical that you use a heat protectant. Without one, your hair will sustain long-term damage and become noticeably dull. High temperatures cause strands to split and dry out on their own. A protectant will form a barrier that prevents heat from damaging the substance of your hair. However, not all heat protectants are created equal, so do your research to determine whether a blow-dry balm, primer spray or other option is best for your hair type.

7. Styling your hair in tight updos too often

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 Slicked-back updos and ponytails are popular right now. Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Selena Gomez have all been spotted with their signature skin-tight top knots. The bad news is that these skull-hugging styles actively contribute to receding hairlines and excessive breakage. To keep your hair healthy, try to avoid wearing these looks every day.

8. Overheating Your Hair

 Excessive use of hot tools is the most common cause of hair damage. Split ends, breakage, and dryness are all caused by heat. In addition to using a strong heat protectant, hair experts recommend limiting your use of hot tools to two times per week and not turning them up too high. Congratulations if you can eliminate them entirely! Your hair is in excellent condition.

9. Brushing Wet Hair (Especially From The Roots)

 Because of the elasticity caused by the shower, your hair is especially prone to breakage when wet. As a result, it is critical to wait until your hair is nearly completely dry before brushing it. Alternatively, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the bottom half of your hair while avoiding the roots. Brushing your hair while it is completely wet will result in severe breakage and unnecessary hair loss. This is especially true for the roots, which are linked to your most recent strands of hair.

10. Spending Too Much Time In The Sun

 Our skin and hair are very similar. The sun’s harmful rays have a significant impact on both entities. When our skin is overly exposed to the sun, our bodies become covered in burns, which can lead to cancer. Similarly, the sun dries out and dulls our hair. Even when this damage is disguised as natural highlights, our hair suffers from severe breakage. To avoid these side effects, apply ample sunscreen (especially to your scalp) and invest in a stylish floppy hat for the summer season.

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