Styling Mistakes That Are Probably Destroying Your Hair

Brush your hair directly after a shower? Apply hair oil before blow drying your hair? Using so much dry shampoo that your scalp never sees the sun again? These are the hair mistakes we often make that can wreak havoc on our already fragile hair. We asked hair stylists to weigh in on some of the biggest hair taboos they see their clients commit on a regular basis – and trust us, they aren’t hiding it! Please heed their warnings and get your hair healthy.
This error. Brush your hair with a messy comb.
We all probably feel guilty about using an old brush that has a lot of hair strands, product residue, dead skin cells and other clutter that clings to it. Not only is this an unhygienic practice, it can also affect the effectiveness of your hairbrush.” You need the entire length of the brush so that the brush works well and does its job. When you wrap the entire brush around your hair, the work is much harder and doesn’t work as well.” Celebrity hairstylist and influencer Brad Mondo noted.
There are several solutions. The first method, Mondo said, is to specify brushes for specific needs. For example, pre-styling with a hair removal brush, blow drying with a hollow round brush, and smoothing with a flat paddle brush. It’s also smart to buy a brush cleaner, like the Olivia Garden The Brush Cleaner, $13.95.” You should do this after each blow-dry to make sure you are getting the best out of your brush.” Mondo said.
This error. It’s a mistake to keep wearing a ponytail that’s too tight.
A ponytail is the answer to a bad hair day, and you can even make it a statement look. However, tying a tight ponytail all the time can be harmful to your hair.” “Tying it too tightly puts too much pressure on the hair follicles and can lead to so-called traction hair loss,” warns Adel Chabbi of New York City, a celebrity hairstylist and owner of Adel Atelier.” This can even lead to hair loss and, for a long time, a receding hairline.” If you prefer a sleek ponytail look, she recommends using products that work in your favor instead of torturing your hair and scalp. Try Miss Jessie’s Hold Me Down Hairspray, $7.99.
This error. Excessive use of hairspray
After creating the perfect hairstyle, it makes sense to want to lock in your look, but don’t go too crazy with hairspray, warns Marshall Lin, a New York City-based celebrity hairstylist, “Using too much hairspray can cause product buildup and limit flexibility.” Using too much hairspray can cause product buildup and weight, limiting the flexibility of the haircut. In order to make your blowout last, you must start by cleaning your scalp, using a good styling product, and creating some extra tension as you blow dry. When you’re all done, gently apply a dry shampoo to keep your hair fresh and finish with an even spray of light, elastic styling gel.” We recommend the Living Proof Style Lab Flex Hairspray, $26.
This error. Wrap your hair tightly in a towel after washing it.
“Hair can stretch 50 percent of its length when it’s wet, and it’s much more fragile than dry hair, When you put a lot of tension on wet hair with a towel, you can get major breakage at the hairline, as well as pulling on any part of the hair,” warns Mondo.
He says that if you absolutely need to wrap your hair – as opposed to gently pressing it dry – it’s best to buy a special towel for that.” It will be a much softer fabric and will make sure you don’t have to twist your hair in the towel because they are much smaller.” Try the Aquis Rapid Dry Lisse Hair Turban, $20.99, which is made of microfiber and actually speeds up the drying process.
This error. Trying to brush out tangles while wetting your hair
Aside from torturing your hair with a towel after washing it, one of the most serious mistakes people make is brushing their hair directly after showering. This is especially scary if you have curly, wavy, wavy or easily knotted hair, warns Chabi.” You should only use your fingers to comb through your hair. I recommend using a styling lotion [or hair loss product] and letting the hair air dry or spread.” If you have to brush your hair when it’s wet or damp, then use something like Tangle Teezer’s The Ultimate Detangler, $14, which features 325 patented “teeth” that are long and bouncy to minimize the chance of breakage or cuticle damage.
Wrong place. Let your iron stay too long.
“Some people think that the longer you leave curls or a flat iron on your hair, the longer it will last. “But that’s not the case,” warned Lin. The longer you leave the flat iron on your hair – or in a particular place – the more damage the heat will do to your hair.” Whether you curl your hair, add a light touch, or straighten it, you should always keep the iron moving. When you feel the heat in your hair, it means it’s done.” It may be a no-brainer, but he says you also have to use heat repellent – no exceptions.Pai-Shau’s Something To BeLeave-In, $24, is a winner.
This error. Over grooming your hair, leaving you with tight or tired
Not only does over-styling have the potential to hurt your hair, it can also become a passing mistake.” Tight curls or wavy hairstyles aren’t what they used to be anymore, and over styling can make you old. Nowadays, people are looking for a relaxed style. “Think slick, sexy, but not too sexy,” suggested Mondo. The key is to do less of everything. After you’re done styling, take a moment to look at yourself in the mirror and make sure it looks like you just woke up with perfect hair. If you’re doing too much volume or waves, then get out your hair dryer, pull the waves down hard and blow dry to release some volume and give your hair a more vibrant look.”
Healthy hair is in too, so invest in a deep conditioner or updo product. We’re hooked on the IGK Antisocial Overnight Bond Building Dry Hair Mask, $34, which you can spray on at night so you can wake up with shiny hair.