Are you damaging your hair?
Without knowing it, parts of your hair care routine might be bad for your hair. Here’s what to avoid and keep it shiny and healthy.
Brushing your hair while wet
When wet, your hair is more susceptible to damage. After a shower, allow your hair to air dry a little and then comb through with a wide-tooth comb. If you have curly hair, make sure it is still damp before you start combing.
Too much heat styling
Styling tools such as hairdryers, hair straighteners and curling tongs suck the moisture out of your hair. Air dry your hair whenever you can – but if you can’t avoid the styling – make sure your hair is dry before use (apart from the hairdryer of course!).
Rubbing your wet hair with a towel
This causes friction when rubbing against your hair, breaking fragile strands, and even causing your hair to frizz. Wrap your hair in an absorbent towel turban-style instead and this will soak up the excess moisture.
If you are a regular swimmer, always wear a swimming cap to protect your hair, and rinse it straight after swimming. You can also use a specially formulated shampoo made for those who spend a lot of time in the water.
Wearing a tight ponytail
If you pull your hair into a ponytail or bun, it could be causing damage as it pulls on your hair. Try a looser ponytail or plait for a change and always use covered rubber bands especially designed for hair.
Washing your hair every day
Your hair doesn’t need to be washed every day – every two to three days is recommended so you don’t wash away the natural oils which contribute towards a healthy head of hair.
Sleeping with wet hair
You may think that this will save some time, but you’ll have to spend even longer in the morning trying to get your hair to behave! You’ll wake up with knots, frizz and then have to style it into place, causing even more damage.