Everyone wants gorgeous, luscious hair but not everyone has the right facts to make that happen. There are a ton of different factors – the weather, the way you style your hair, etc – that come into play here.
So here are the top 10 hair growth mistakes most people make when it comes to their hair.
1. Skipping over the brushing before a shower
We know this seems strange but it’s true. If you don’t brush your hair before you wash it, you’re setting yourself up for failure. On the flip side, it’s even worse to brush your hair when it’s wet. Why? Because your hair is going to be at its absolutely weakest.And because wet hair is usually a tangled mess, it’s going to damage your locks even more. Brushing before your hop in the shower can cut back on this.
2. Just brushing your ends
You may have heard that if you brush too much, your hair will break. But here’s what you need to remember: Your scalp produces one of the strongest conditioners you can find. The natural oils that come from your scalp will protect your hair. And when you don’t brush all of your hair, you aren’t stimulating circulation or growth.
3. Washing, washing, washing
Believe it or not, most people don’t need to wash their hair every single day. In fact, this can actually be damaging. When you wash your hair every day, you are getting rid of all those healthy oils we were just talking about. The result? Hair that is dull and lifeless. While you can shower daily, skip over washing yourhair every day.
4. Being too cautious with the conditioner
You’ve likely heard that you should only put conditioner on the ends of your hair to keep it full of life. But if you have fine hair, you should do your roots too, because your hair is more likely to break. On the other hand, using too much conditioner is a problem, too. As a safe rule of thumb, use only enough to get rid of tangles. Then, once a week, use a bit more for a deeper conditioning treatment.
5. Going nuts with towel drying
While a majority of the products you use may tell you they work best with towel dried hair, that doesn’t mean you want to rub your hair until your hair feels like straw. When you rub your hair too much, it’s going to rough up your hair’s cuticles, causing breakage and frizz. Instead, stick with blotting your hair. Then, with your fingers, you want to try to shake out all of the strands. While this will take longer for your hair to try, it’s healthier and better for the long-term.
6. Not using heat protection
Let’s be honest – using heat on your hair is one of the most damaging things you can do, yet we all use it every single day. The only way you are going to be able to save your hair from the curling iron, flat iron or blow dryer is by protecting it. You always want to use some kind of heat-protectant. These work to keep your strands shielded, while also smoothing out the hair’s cuticles.
7. Putting a hot iron on wet hair
We’re all guilty of this one. Your hair is just about dry, it’s only a little damp, and instead of finishing out with the blowdryer, you go right to the hot iron. But these hot tools burn and sizzle hair follicles, which is going to weak and break your locks. Before you even consider that hot iron, make sure your hair is completely, 100% dry, no matter how late you are.
8. Spraying before styling
Think about the last time you sprayed hairspray and then styled your hair. That sizzling noise you heard? That’s your hair screaming. Because hairspray has alcohol in it, it’s going to burn as soon as it comes into connect with heat. Your best bet: Using alcohol-based sprays after you are done styling.
9. Teasing until you can no longer tease
We all appreciate the teased look; however, if you tease on a daily basis, you’re going to find yourself in a sticky spot. Teasing heads right to breakage and damaged cuticles. Try going with a root-lifting spray instead. It’s safer and healthier for your hair, and won’t damage it in the long-run.
10. We’ll say it once – you can’t fix split ends
This one might hurt a bit, but you simply can’t fix split ends. Once you have a hair that’s split, that’s it. There isn’t a product on any shelf that will fix it. You have two options: prevent it with all the tips we have listed above or head to the hairdresser for a trim.