This article comes from Refinery29.
Washing, treating, cutting, styling… There are so many different things that can affect hair health. Read on for hair mistakes you need to stop today to achieve the ultimate healthy hair.
We’ve all heard the rumor that washing hair too often isn’t great for the condition of your scalp and lengths, but the truth is everyone is different. Your scalp and your face have the highest density of oil glands, so you really have to treat your scalp in the same way as you would your face.
How often you wash your hair isn’t a one-size-fits-all matter; it’s about what your hair (whether dyed or keratin-treated, for example) can tolerate. If your skin is very oily, for instance, you might need to wash your hair more often.
Wrapping hair up in a towel to absorb water is something most of us do post-shower, but it could be doing your hair more harm than good. Putting your wet hair in a towel allows your hair to stretch more. If you apply items or styles that stretch the hair and leave it to dry, unnecessary tension can be put onto the hair and this can lead to snapping and traction.
Use the microfiber towel to gently squeeze out excess water, rather than wrapping or rough-drying with your head upside down (another no-no). If you don’t want to spend anything, an old cotton T-shirt works a lot better than an old bath or face towel, which can often be rough to the touch.
There’s a reason why hairdressers squeeze excess water from your hair before applying conditioner at the sink, and since following their example, my hair has never felt softer.
Sopping wet hair can dilute any product you apply post-shampoo and act like a barrier between hair strands. Giving your hair a gentle squeeze after rinsing out your shampoo will allow whichever conditioner or hair mask you follow with to work much better.
If you don’t have any scalp issues, this one isn’t a deal-breaker. But if you’re prone to scalp issues such as flakes or itchiness, it’s a top tip.
A lot of people who have scalp issues will use an anti-dandruff shampoo but then apply a completely different conditioner. If you use products that are formulated to go together, what you find is that the ingredients that are in the shampoo stay in the scalp for longer, which means you’re going to see longer effects.
The highest setting on your hairdryer exists for a reason: to dry hair fast. But blasting hair with extreme heat will only result in split ends, broken strands, and frizzy roots.
If your hair is prone to splitting or you use straighteners and other heated styling tools after blow-drying, it pays to spend a little longer drying your hair on a low heat setting.
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