There are certain things many of us regularly do to our hair that isn't doing it any favours! Here are five hair sins you should vow to stop committing today.
1. Brushing wet hair
It might seem so much easier to brush your hair when it's wet, but that's actually when your locks are at their most vulnerable. To avoid split ends, brush your hair before stepping into the shower – and always brush starting from the ends and working your way up towards the scalp. After washing your hair, use your fingers to comb your locks and then wait until its much drier before using a hair brush.
2. Tying your hair up before bed
You might think that tying up your hair before going to bed is a good thing because it prevents knots from forming during the night. However, what you may not realize is that the friction from the elastic can actually cause split ends! If you don't like sleeping with your hair down, minimize damage by using a scrunchie (yes, the soft 90s kind!) as they're gentler than other hair elastics.
3. Going to bed with wet hair
If you're in the habit of washing your hair at night, it can be tempting to skip blow drying it – especially during the warmer months! However, what you may not realise is our head moves around a lot as we sleep, making wet hair especially prone to breakage and split ends. To avoid unnecessary damage, apply a heat protectant like L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Blow-Dry Cream and then blow-dry well before hitting the sack.
4. Overdoing the tight hairstyles
There's no denying that tight hair styles like top knots and sleek pony tails are bang on trend! However constantly wearing your hair in these super tight hairstyles makes it more prone to breakage, particularly around where the elastic sits. That's why it's important to give your hair a break a few times a week by making the effort to wear your hair down and loose.
5. Over washing your hair
Washing your hair is essential for keeping it clean – but there's no need to do it every day. The reason is because when you wash your hair daily, you overstimulate the sebaceous glands, which encourages them to produce more oil and that ultimately makes your mane look greasy. Limit your shampoo sessions to between two and three times a week – and don't forget to use a conditioner to keep your locks healthy and shiny!