It’s time you dropped those kitchen scissors and stepped away from the boxed dye. Sure, we all want luscious, healthy, and strong hair, but many of us are pretty guilty of taking certain matters into our own hands. If you are inexperienced with cutting your own hair, you should really just leave it alone. Hairstyling is a profession for a reason, and so it’s a good idea to leave the more significant changes to them. Sure, you can trim off your split ends every now and then but don’t try to give yourself a new hairstyle. We’ve all seen how DIY bangs on youtube can go wrong, right? However, when it comes down to caring for one’s own hair, there may be a few more mistakes one is making, besides giving themselves odd trims. So here are seven things you may be doing to your hair that you need to stop doing right now:
1. Wearing Tight Hairstyles Daily
If you’re someone who prefers opting for sleek looks like pulled-back hair or a tight high ponytail (think Arianna Grande), you need to stop doing this ASAP. Tying your hair up super tight can lead to added stress on your scalp, and this will ultimately cause your hair to thin. If you want to get a slick look without pulling at your hair, spray your hair with a bit of water, brush your hair and tie it down with a scarf. To see more hold and sheen, smooth a few drops of natural oil after you’ve sprayed your hair with water. You can make your ponytail a little looser in the morning, but it will still remain sleek.
2. Only Using A Clarifying Shampoo
Clarifying shampoos are great! They strip your hair of buildup, and that’s pretty great once in a while. Even if you have really oily hair, a clarifying shampoo is meant to be used once in a bit and not every time you wash your hair. While this shampoo does get rid of all the oil from your hair, eventually, it will cause a significant imbalance to your scalp if used daily. This will cause your scalp to produce more oil to make up for its lost oil and leave you with oilier hair than usual.
3. Avoid Using Hair Products On Your Hairline
Hair spray, hair gel, and curl-defining products often contain ingredients that bind your hair in some way. These ingredients are brilliant for styling but can also clog up your hair follicles. If the products you are using reach your scalp, growing your hair can become quite challenging. When you’re applying hair products, it’s a good idea to layer the products rather than putting them on all at once.
4. Washing Your Hair Too Much
The first rule of having hair is that you should not wash it every day! Unless you are a hardcore gym-goer or work out a lot and get sweaty, there is no reason for you to wash your hair daily. If you wash your hair too much, it will become weak over time and start to fall, break and lose all of its shine. Instead, you need to brush your hair every night, which will help distribute the oil from the roots to the ends of your scalp. Make sure that you wash your hair every other day. You must avoid washing your hair with hot water or over brushing it while it is wet. It’s also a good idea to use a natural bristle brush for a more gentle approach.
5. Straightening And Curling Your Hair With Heat Tools
Let’s be honest; we’re all pretty guilty of this one. Hairdryers, straighteners, and curlers are a pretty easy solution to tame frizz, but the excess heat can ruin your hair terribly. Direct heat causes damage to the hair strands and leads to you suffering split ends and severe breakage. When you add heat to your hair, make sure that you buy a good quality hair serum that can serve as an extra shield for your hair.
6. Brushing Your Hair Too Hard Or Too Much
Don’t brush your hair if your hair does not need to be brushed. This is especially the case when you start brushing your hair at its roots. When you begin brushing your hair at its roots, you can create a knot that will pull onto your hair and weaken your roots over time. Instead, it’s a better idea to brush your hair from the bottom to the top (Don’t brush in the opposite direction though, that will ruin your hair).
7. Wrapping Up Your Hair In A Towel
Yes, all those movies that showed women dancing around with no care in the world were lying. If you wrap your hair up in a towel to dry it faster, you need to stop doing it! This standard solution actually causes more harm to your hair than it does good. If you really do want to dry your hair without causing damage to it, you need to gently blot at your hair with a towel, which will speed up the drying process. To make things easier, use a cotton t-shirt that is less harsh on your skin. While you may not see many differences now, you’ll see them soon enough, and it might be a bit too late to turn things back around then.
So there you have it, a list of seven things you might be doing that would cause your hairstylist to get mad at you. After reading this list, we hope that you’ve decided to change your ways and make the necessary changes required to improve your hair. Do let us know all of your thoughts on this article in the comment section below!
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