Tress for Success: 5 Things to AVOID When Styling Hair
Posted Friday August 30, 2013 11:15 AM GMT
Knowing how to care for your hair is, well, hard. Whether short or long, thick or thin, there are guidelines everyone needs to adhere to when styling their strands.
Are you doing too much? Too little? Is the latest potion on the market actually making your locks more difficult to manage? Question your beauty choices no more — our must-read tips will ensure you know what to remember and what to forget when it comes to maintaining a healthy, damage-free coif.
Blow drying on high heat. Here's a good rule of thumb: If the air coming from your tool is too warm for the back of your hand — then it's too warm for your hair. To lessen the harm to your locks, try blow drying on the medium setting or lower. Even better? Letting your strands air dry as long as possible. If you have stubborn strands that require extra exposure, make sure to use a quality heat protectant. We like TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer.
Protein overload. Often when our tresses are feeling a little broken down, we turn to a protein-packed product to build them back up. Where's the problem? Too much of this stuff and your hair can actually loose elasticity. That means breakage is increasingly likely. The solution? Only use protein-based products once a week, or simply switch to a formula that offers a balance between its protein and moisture levels.
Washing too much. Look, cleanliness is never a bad thing — but when it comes to managing your mane — an excess of suds can really wreak havoc. If you have naturally-oily locks, try skipping a day in between washes and use a sulfate-free shampoo to steer clear of stripping. If you need a little extra help to keep oil at-bay, invest in a quality dry shampoo. We here at DIY swear by Oscar Blandi's line.
Not using the right tools on wet hair. Wet hair is vulnerable hair. That means, you don't want to use the same brush you spring for when your hair is dry. Instead, pick up a wide tooth comb. The gentler approach will help to relieve tangles and avoid breakage.
Applying too many products. Just like protein overload, there's definitely basic product overload, too. If you're layering on potions for every one of your problem areas, you'll end up with weighed-down hair instead. One way to eliminate an ever-growing arsenal of "essentials" is to use a leave-in conditioner. We're obsessed with It's a 10 brand. Not only does it work well for both fine and thick hair types, it locks in moisture, protects against heat and makes your locks look as good as they feel. Multiple benefits? Score.