Hair Care Mistakes You Might Be Making

At some point, our hair routine goes on autopilot and simple things like shampooing and brushing become second nature. We get it. However, what if we’ve been doing things wrong all along at the expense of our precious locks? To help you with your hair care checks and balances, we compiled a list of common mistakes you might be making! And remember, it’s never too late to make a change, especially when it comes to something as important as your mane!

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Shampooing Every Day

You don’t need to wash your hair every day, even if your hair is on the oily side! In fact, washing too much can suck the natural oils and moisture out of your hair, leading to dried-out locks. Keep frizz at bay by shampooing every other day (or every two days if you can stand it!) and spritzing a little dry shampoo in your hair in-between washes!

NOT Using Hair Products

Beautiful, healthy hair is not something that just happens naturally, unfortunately. Seriously, ask anyone with amazingly healthy hair what their secret is, and we’re sure they’ll spout off with an arsenal of hair-helpers. At the very least, we recommend you keep products like leave-in conditioner, hair masks and a shine serum or oil on hand to keep your locks shiny and hydrated. If you’re a regular user of hot tools, we strongly recommend you apply a heat protectant to help prevent damage!

Product Recommendations: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Multi-Restorative Dry Oil, Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum, Pureology Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths 

Brushing Too Much

We understand the need to have super, silky-smooth locks, but brushing your hair 100 strokes a day is not doing you any favors. Over-brushing can lead to split ends and breakage. Warning: This risk is even higher when you put a brush to wet hair! Moral of the story? Brush gently and stick to 15-20 strokes. Your hair will thank you!

Using Too Much Dry Shampoo

We know we just sang the praises of dry shampoo moments earlier, but, like so many things in life, too much of a good thing can be bad. Overdoing it with dry shampoo can lead to over-dried locks. Make sure you lightly spray about six inches from the roots and use a clarifying shampoo monthly to remove product build-up.

Product Recommendation: Kérastase Bain Clarifiant

Cranking Up the Heat on Your Styling Tools

We know that 400-degree heat setting on your flat iron makes for quicker, stick-straight locks, but it’s also doing some serious damage. Using the hottest setting on your hot tools can burn your hair and put you on the fast track to breakage and split ends. Try keeping your heat on a medium setting. This will still get the job done and be beneficial to your hair in the long run!

Using the Wrong Brush

Hair comes in different types and textures and should be treated accordingly, even with something as simple as a hairbrush. Make sure you’re using a brush that is designed for your specific hair profile. Not sure what brush is your hair’s soul mate? Find out here.

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