7 Habits That Are Actually Destroying Your Hair
As much as we care for our tresses, it goes without saying that we’ve all made some mistakes along the way. Having a dedicated routine is key to ensuring your hair stays healthy, and there are a few everyday habits that are actually more hurtful than helpful. Ahead, seven common techniques that are destroying your hair—and that you should stop immediately.
Relying On Heat Tools
As much as we love them, hot tools can seriously damage strands and put them at increased risk. If you absolutely must heat-style your hair, use a thermal protectant each and every time—and, of course, don't turn the heat up too high.
When your hair gets knotted, it's hard to resist brushing it out with force. However, this can do more bad than good, as aggressive pulling is known to cause breakage. Next time you get tangled, gently brush out your hair in sections with a soft bristle brush. (It takes longer, but it's worth it.)
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Overusing Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo has oil-absorbing powers and keeps your hair smelling fresh, but (news flash) it doesn't actually clean your hair. Overusing this miracle product can lead to dullness and cause product buildup that messes with the production of your hair's natural oils. Instead, try out this foam version and use more sparingly.
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Extremely Hot Showers
Trust us, we understand how relaxing a nice hot shower is. However, not protecting your hair during a steam-filled bathing session can strip its natural oils. To avoid dry, brittle strands, wear a shower cap on days you're not washing your hair; on days you do shampoo, just turn the temperature down a notch.
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Using Unclean Hair Tools
Another beauty blunder a lot of us are guilty of is not cleaning our tools often enough. Using devices that have bacteria and buildup is a huge no. Be cautious and wipe them down with a sterilizer every now and then.
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