You might have the vigilance of a drill sergeant when it comes to your hair care routine, but unfortunately, that's not going to stop your tresses from getting frizzy, looking dull, or falling off. And if you've been trying to revive your hair but to no avail, you might be slipping up — but not in the way you think. There are a few common hair care mistakes you may just be making, maybe even unknowingly, that can ruin your hair health.
Read on for the common hair care mistakes you should avoid at all costs — for the sake of your mane!
- 1. Over-brushing
- 2. Avoiding hair spray
- 3. Combing hair when wet
- 4. Conditioning your scalp
- 5. Skipping hair masks
I can't be the only one who grew up watching princess movies, where you were told that you had to brush your hair a hundred times. While that may have been enough to convince you to stroke your hair till your arms gave out, it's totally not true. You only need a few strokes to detangle and style your hair — any more than that can cause unnecessary friction and lead to breakage.
2. Avoiding hair spray
We're not joking about this one! If you've been avoiding hair spray like the plague, thinking it destroys your hair, we have news. Whether you need it for styling or just an added flair, hairsprays actually contain a certain polymer that’s good for your hair. The polymer is what dries on your hair, not alcohol as previously believed.
The alcohol actually evaporates before the spray hits your head, and the polymer helps lock out humidity for frizz-free locks. If you're looking for a humidity-resistant, frizz-controlling hairspray, the Tresemme Compressed Micro Mist Invisible Hold Natural Finish Smooth Hold Level 2 Hair Spray has got your back. It'll give you a natural, flexible finish too!
3. Combing hair when wet
Your hair is weak and vulnerable when it's wet, and combing it then will make your hair break like no other. Also, brushing your hair when it's wet can lead to frizz-central when it's dried up! Stick to combing your hair pre-wash and run your hands through your hair post-wash instead.
4. Conditioning your scalp
Friendly little PSA, in case you needed a refresher: Conditioners are meant for the tips of your hair only! Applying it to your scalp can clog up your follicles and make the front of your hair seem unnecessarily greasy. Use a volume-boosting conditioner like the Love Beauty & Planet Natural Coconut Water & Mimosa Volume Conditioner on the ends and the middle section of your hair for a natural bounce and sheen on your mane.
5. Skipping hair masks
You moisturise your face every day and use a face mask of choice for some extra nourishment, right? Well, then why should your hair be any different? Using just a conditioner is well and good, but if you want some serious hair hydration and nourishment, you need to mask up. The Dove Intense Damage Repair Hair Mask is perfect for your mane. It contains 1/4th moisturising milk that deeply nourishes hair and keratin actives that repair hair damage. A must-have if you ask us.