The 9 Biggest Hair Care Mistakes You Can Make

Everybody loves a great head of hair. Who doesn’t want to rock a sleek high pony like Ariana Grande when she walks the red carpet? Who hasn’t dreamt of exchanging styling tips with Blake Lively and her perfect breezy waves?

Sadly, we all know these ladies must put a lot of time and effort into their hair. No matter where they go or what they’re up to, they need to look their best at all times. How does a mere mortal keep up? The easiest way to start is to avoid these common mistakes.

1. Overwashing

Washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. On top of looking unhealthy, it can dull your hair colour. Try washing it every second or third day instead so that these natural oils can continue nourishing and protecting your hair and scalp. However, if your hair is quite oily to begin with, it’s fine to keep washing it every day.

2. Using the wrong shampoo and conditioner

Your main guide in choosing a shampoo or conditioner should be how oily your scalp is. If your scalp is dry, use products that have moisturizing or hydrating effects. For a more intensive treatment, try a hydrating hair masque. If your scalp is oily, avoid shampoos recommended for dry hair, as they will add to the problem. Try a balancing shampoo and occasionally a clarifying shampoo to remove product buildup. For hair that’s greasy at the roots but dry at the ends, apply moisturizer only to the ends.

3. Heat styling too frequently

Heat styling tools such as hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons can damage your hair if used too often. If you do need to use one of these styling tools, apply a heat protectant beforehand.

4. Washing your hair with water that’s too hot.

The heat will dry out your hair and cause your colour to fade. Try using lukewarm or tepid water instead.

5. Leaving your hair exposed to the sun

Just like your skin, your hair can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays. Protect it by wearing a hat, making sure that the hat has UV protection built in. You can also try a sun protection product on your hair; it’s like sunscreen for your hair! Pack it in your beach bag along with your sunscreen if you’re going to be in and out of the water.

6. Being rough on your hair when it’s wet

Wet hair is more prone to breakage than dry hair, so handle it with care. Blot it dry rather than vigorously towel-drying it, as this roughens up the outer layer of the hair and leaves it looking dull. Avoid using a brush and tugging at tangles. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush. Don’t tie your hair back in an elastic when it’s still wet, and don’t go to bed with wet hair.

7. Regularly wearing your hair in a tight hairstyle

Slicked-back ponytails, tight braids, and updos that pull on the hair can lead to breakage and can damage hair follicles over time. Mix it up with some looser styles for a healthier, fuller head of hair. For the same reason, limit your use of rollers.

8. Neglecting your scalp

Don’t limit your hair care to the hair itself: a healthy, well-cared-for scalp is the foundation of great hair. Give it a deep cleaning every now and then to get rid of dead skin cells, excess oil, and product buildup. For a thorough pampering, book an appointment at a hair salon that offers scalp treatments. You’ll be in good hands, and your scalp and hair will thank you.

9. Delaying your salon visits

In our busy lives, we may put off going to the salon. That’s certainly understandable, but your stylist is an important member of your care team, along with the other professionals you rely on to keep you feeling good and looking great. Schedule an appointment today to get your hair maintenance back on track. Not only will you walk out looking fresh and beautiful, but you’ll also have taken time for yourself, which is always an excellent idea.

Unless you’re very lucky, there are no shortcuts to great hair. But the trouble is worth it! Most of these tips don’t take longer than your normal daily routine, so get on board with them as soon as you can. If you need products, services, or styling tips, get in touch! We’re happy to be part of your beauty team.