Friday, May 25, 2018

5 Surprising Habits That Could Be Ruining Your Hair

Mistakes Happen, We'll Help You Fix Them!

When it comes to hair maintenance, the little things really do add up. More than likely you had no clue that things you thought were good for you are actually causing all the damage. We thought we'd step up with a little damage control to get your mane back on track. Here's how...

BAD HAIR HABIT #1: Boar Bristle Brushes, the triple B.
Many people don't realize that using a boar bristle brush while your hair is wet is horrible for your locks. Soaking wet hair is extremely vulnerable to breakage. Boar bristles grip the hair tightly and

pull the hair's oils through it. This brush is best used to help with styling. It's great to use toward the later part of a blowout for smoothing purposes; you'll want to make sure your hair is at least 75% of the way dry. 
FIX IT: Use The Wet Brush while your hair is damp. It is much more gentle, the wide-set nylon bristles actually move and bend while they go through your hair. This keeps breakage to a minimum. 

BAD HAIR HABIT #2: Tightly-Braiding Damp Hair.
You probably didn't know that your hair has 50% more elasticity while it's wet. That's why the braid turns out so nicely when its braided damp. Getting your boxer or french braid extra tight looks fancy, but you'll be stretching hair out past the length it would be if it were dry. Once stretched out it sets and never bounces back. The same goes for tight pinching elastics. Eventually, your hair will snap.
FIX IT: If you liked it then you should've put a mask on it! Masks are treatments that are used to infuse hair with oils and hydrators that act like your hair's lipid layer. It aids in restoring suppleness making it flexible and smooth. It is important to use a treatment that is right for the amount of hydration your hair needs.
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BAD HAIR HABIT #3: Applying Styling Oil/Treatment Prior To Using Hot Tools.
Want to deep-fry your hair? We didn't think so! It really does make sense though if you think about it. Our curling irons and flat irons heat up to 450 degrees F. Throw in some oil and you have a sizzling hot frying pan ready to wreck and do some major damage to your hair. Leftover residue from masks and treatments that haven't been completely rinsed out can be just as damaging with applied heat.
FIX IT: Making sure to clarify your hair at least twice monthly to remove any leftover residue from your hair. Also, make sure to shield your hair and protect it from heated tools with a thermal protector.  

BAD HAIR HABIT #4: Brushing/Detangling From Root to Tip.
Let's take a knot, for example, it has two ends. If you start at the roots you're only pushing the tangles into each other, this will only cause tighter knots. Violently brushing through the knot(s) will cause huge damage and breakage. So, let's not! Instead, release the knots by starting at the bottom and working your way up.
FIX IT: Your roots and ends have different needs. The hair near your scalp is young and healthy, where your ends are aged, dry and splitting. Give your tips the moisture they need with a serum or leave-in conditioner. Your roots want volume/lift and can handle parching or dulling products like sea salt texturizers and dry shampoos. Make sure you're applying the appropriate products to their specific areas only.

BAD HAIR HABIT #5: Brushing & Blow drying Sopping Wet Hair.
When hair is soaking wet, it's in its most fragile state. The main cause of breakage is brushing your hair while wet, which causes the hair to stretch. Adding a blow dryer and heat to the mix shocks your hair... hello breakage! Doing this daily will take a toll on your strands big time. 
FIX IT: Give your hair a little time to dry naturally or use your blow dryer without brushing it until it's 75% dry, then use your brush. For a nice shiny finish, use a nozzle on your dryer to finish the job. Concentrators and diffusers are your best friends. Position the concentrator so that the air blows down the hair shaft and seals in the cuticle. This actually will prevent your hair from looking flat and lifeless.

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