12 Things You Have to Stop Doing to Your Hair

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Some days our hair can have a mind of its own and other days it looks perfect. No one really knows why this is, so we all just have to do the best we can with the knowledge we have.

What we do know is that our hair needs proper care which increases our chances for more of those perfect days and fewer bad hair days. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to style your hair every day or if you are more of a throw-it-back-into-a-ponytail kind of girl, there are a few things we all need to stop doing to our hair.


12 Things You Have to Stop Doing to Your Hair:

1. Brushing Hair While It’s Wet

Yes, it’s true. Brushing your locks while wet is very damaging. Your hair isn’t as strong when it’s wet and brushing stretches those strands leading to breaks and damage. You should always use a wide-toothed comb instead.

2. Wearing a Ponytail or Topknot Bun Seven Days a Week

This is a hard one. Especially during those lazy, hot days of summer, but the constant pressure on the same place in your hair day after day wreaks havoc on it. It weakens it which leads to breakage and even stunted growth.

3. Sleeping in #2

Yes, we are crying about this one too. But really, the damage is not worth it. Wear it down while sleeping.

4. Rubbing Your Wet Hair Vigorously With a Towel

See the trend with wet hair? If you just want frizzy hair, go for it. But to keep healthy you should squeeze your hair gently with a towel.

5. Picking at Split Ends

This only creates more split ends. Not to mention that you are probably damaging your eyes trying to find them!

6. Compulsive Twirling

Guilty. But nervous ticks are difficult to break but you don’t want to lose hair over it. Find a new nervous habit if you want to save your hair.

7. Avoiding Trims

We’ve mentioned that regular trims help your hair grow faster. It keeps the ends healthy so they don’t split and break.

8. Brushing Too Much

Marsha Brady was very misinformed. 100 strokes with a brush at night is basically a death sentence for your hair. Not only does it break it off, but it pulls out unnecessary strands.

9. Hair Spray + Flat Iron

The alcohol in most hair sprays burns when it comes into contact with heat. Use a thermal protector and then spray with hair spray when you are done.

10. Setting the Heat Too High

The safest range for your flat iron is between 250 and 300 degrees. We know you ladies with natural curls are not excited about this, but patience rather than high heat will pay off for the long term.

11. Using Too Much Product

Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Products have a tendency to strip hair of its natural oils. Use the minimal amount you possibly can.

12. Washing Your Hair Daily

Daily washing removes natural oils leaving your hair drier than normal. Give those tresses a break every now and then and wash it only when dirty. You can always use a dry shampoo if you need to control an oily scalp.

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