Too much of a good thing can be bad, right? So if your beauty shelf is littered with hairstyling products, decide which ones you really need and do away with the rest. You will be surprised to know that regular, everyday things, when done incorrectly can cause your hair a lot of harm. Here we list the things you didn’t know could harm your hair, if done incorrectly.
Brushing your hair

Brushing your hair

Incorrect way: Brushing your hair starting from the roots

Correct way: Start brushing from the ends and gradually move upwards towards your roots, detangling your hair as you move up. This way, you avoid getting stuck mid-stroke and yanking at your hair.

Why: Trying to brush starting at the roots will just tug and pull at your hair and make it brittle. Also, if there are tangles near the roots, you are just pushing them along the lengths, and cause them to tangle more.
 

Tying your hair in a ponytail

Tying your hair in a ponytail

Incorrect way: Tying your hair tightly in a ponytail often

Correct way: Tying you hair loosely with scrunchies, or thick bands covered with fabric and alternating between tying it up and leaving your hair loose. Use clips and bobby pins to keep your hair in place.

Why: Tying your hair too tight actually pulls the hair at the roots. Also, when you tie your hair tightly with thin bands, it causes irritation and causes breakage.
 

Using the same product since 1990

Using the same product since 1990

Incorrect way: Sticking to the same hair care products for a long time

Correct way: You hair texture is constantly changing and your products should, too. When you have coloured your hair or permed it, use shampoos and conditioners that help maintain the colour and lustre of the hair.

Why: Since your hair has been recently treated, it needs more care than your normal shampoo and conditioner can provide.
 

Using combs and brushes

Using combs and brushes

Incorrect way: Using the same brushes and combs without cleaning or replacing them

Correct way: Always clean your combs and brushes every month and replace them every year.

Why: Germs, dirt, oils and various other products build-up in the hair tools we use. You don’t want this to affect the quality of your hair, do you? So clean them regularly!
 

Styling your hair

Styling your hair

Incorrect way: Styling hair when it is still wet

Correct way: Dry you hair completely before styling it. Preferably air-dry your hair, if you have the time.

Why: Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair. You can use a wide-tooth on wet hair to gently detangle your hair. But dry it completely before you brush and style it.
 
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