5 things you’re doing to your hair that makes your stylist want to scream
By Brittany Anas
Don’t you love the way your locks feel and smell when you step out of the salon? What if you could get that same feeling and look every morning?
Here are some bad hair habits that most of us can plead guilty to — and that drive our stylists absolutely nuts. (Just like our dentists get mad when we don’t floss). We’ve got solutions that are salon-approved and will keep your locks healthy and shiny.
You wash your hair too much: Is shampooing your hair part of your daily routine? If so, you’re depriving your hair of some of the healthy oils it needs. You actually only need to wash your mane three to four times a week. Thick, long or naturally curly locks can go longer in between washes because it takes the natural oil in those hair types longer to travel down the hair strands from the roots.
(Fun fact … at the beginning of the 20th century, women only washed their hair about once a month).
Wrapping a towel around your head: If you wrap up your wet locks in a towel while you eat your Wheaties in the morning, you’re setting yourself up for a bad hair day. Trapping the cold, wet hair under a towel leads to frizz. Instead, use a paper towel to gently squeeze-dry your hair and then let it air dry.
Wearing ponytails to bed: There are a couple dangers of ponytails. If you consistently wear them to tight for a sleek “I’m a boss” kind of look, you increase your risk for “tension alopecia,” i.e. hair loss. Sleeping with a ponytail actually has risks too because if you toss and turn you can cause stress on your follicles and breakage. Let your hair loose at bed time.
Being in a monogamous relationship with your curling iron: Yes, it’s okay to curl your hair — just don’t subject it to that high heat every day. For quick beach curls, try a clamp-less curler. Sally’s Beauty Supply has salon-approved hair tools for cheap. Also, mix it up and try using roller curlers every now and again because the steam is more gentle on your hair. Let your hair set for about 30 minutes in the curlers.
Treating your hair with heat only: When you are finished washing your hair, rinse your locks in cold water for a few seconds. The cold water will seal the cuticle and give you a shiny finish when you style your hair. Also, if you want more volume, try blow drying your hair on a high heat setting and then switching it to a cool setting to set your hair.
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