Top 5 Biggest Hair Care Mistakes that are commonly made without really knowing the damage that can reflect on our hair. I have made all these mistakes in the past myself and it is really easy to get in a rut and take the easy route with our hair. The slightest effort and care can make a huge difference on our hair and its health. If your hair feels healthy and its best, then you will feel your best.
I have suggested tips and products below the pictures to help you around these common issues and mistakes. Products can be found on Amazon.com
1. Over Washing Your Hair
Many people often shampoo everyday because they feel that their hair is greasy feeling by the end of the day. By shampooing our hair every this strips the natural oils that our scalp produces that the hair needs to be healthy. This truly dehaydrates the hair no matter how much you condition with synthetic hydrators such as conditioner cream. By shampooing frequently this triggers the oil gland in the scalp to produce more oil to help aid in secreting the loss that was just washed away.
Try: Going 2-3 days without washing, this may be brutal in the beginning to “re-train” your oil glands into thinking that extra oils are not needed. If you still have oily hair problem, try Paul Mitchell Tee Tree Shampoo and Conditioner, the Tee Tree and Peppermint Oil helps remove buildup and cleanse the scalp.
2. Coloring Hair at home by trying to “save money”
Hair color is a big commitment that needs to be refreshed every 4-6 weeks. This can be a costly expense that creeps up sooner than we think and un-sighly grow out is intimidating to keep up. In between salon visits it may seem cheaper and easier to touch up at home with over the counter boxed color, but this ruins the existing natural color and artificial color on the hair. Over the counter hair color is NOT the same as professional hair color. There are added dyes and salts added to over the counter hair color that makes it safer for at home use but may not be the best choice for keeping hair healthy and looking as natural as possible. These added formulas are harder to remove and make it difficult to work over and around when you do decided you want to go back in and get your hair done professionally. Many salons charge a “corrective color” price to their clients who have previous color on their hair because the process of color over and around takes much more time and caution due to the unknown quality and guarantee of over the counter products. Altough using an over the counter color to re-touch within salon visits may seem much more affordable, in the end it can become more cost consuming to work past.
Try: Make a hair plan with your colorist that is reasonably affordable for you and that your colorist thinks you will get the maximum look for your budget. Choose a color closest to your natural hair color so new growth isnt as noticable.
3. Using the Same Hair Products Year after Year
Just like any other substance we put in and on our bodies, our body does become immune and used to a specific chemical formulation. This is also known as “build up” when we see or feel accumultion of a product on our hair that is no longer being used by the inner hair structure. We may become comfortable with a product and its ability to perform the way we desire, but as the seasons and weather changes so does our hair and its needs. Each time you run through a product, try something similar but in a different line/brand.
For example: In the summer look for a product that has UV Sunscreen protection and lightweight moisturizers that wont weight your hair down in the hot months.
Try: Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner that gently cleanses and protects color-treated hair while delivering protein and anti-oxidants
4. Skipping Haircuts to Preserve Length
If you want to preserve length and grow you hair longer than it is, maintain regular salon trims to eliminate split ends and hair breakage that will encourage healthy growth.
Try: It’s A 10 Miracle-Leave in PLUS Keratin to help prevent split ends and hydrate the cuticle for smoother ends.
5. Using Heat Styling Tools on Highest Heat Setting
Thermal styling needs to be hot enough to restructure your hair to give it the look you are trying to create weather that is adding curls or making the hair sleek and straight. Everyones hair texture is different and doesn’t need the same ammount of heat level to achieve the look they want, but a lot of the hot tools companies are making their products as high heat as possible for fast styling. It may be faster, but this is more damaging to the hair structure and cannot be replaced once broken.
Try: First see if you can adjust your temperature settings on your thermal tools. Some tools may only have an “on-off” switch which gives you no control to what you are stying your hair with. Start off at the lowest heat setting possible on your thermal tools and get comfortable with lower heat setting to achieve your look. The lower the heat setting you can achieve your look, the better and the less damaging to your hair. High thermal heat will damage hair even with thermal protection products. Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat Iron has adjustable setting so YOU have the control of what you are putting on your hair.