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13 Common Hair Mistakes You May Be Making

Hair not looking its best? You may be committing some damaging hair mistakes without realizing it.


1. Skipping Heat Protectant

If you regularly style your hair with hot tools, you’re leaving your strands vulnerable to heat damage. Heat protectants smooth your hair cuticle and help hair appear healthier and shinier. They provide a protective barrier between your strands and your hot tools, as well as add extra moisture to hair to help replace any lost during heat styling.

2. Using The Wrong Hairbrush

Something as simple as a hairbrush can make or break your hair – literally. Whether you’re detangling your locks after a shower, or blowing out sleek tresses for a night out, the brush you’re using can make all the difference. Make sure you are choosing the correct hairbrush for both your hair type and for the style you are aiming to achieve.

3. Not Prepping Your Hair For Bed

If you shower at night, make sure your hair is dry before climbing into bed. If you don’t want to dry your hair completely, try a loose braid or a heatless style. Hair is more fragile when wet so if you sleep with loose, wet hair it can cause friction, frizz, tangles, and breakage.

4. Turning The Heat All The Way Up

Do you curl or flat-iron your hair often? Make sure your hot tools are set to the appropriate heat setting for your hair type – coarse hair requires a little extra heat – to prevent severely burning your strands. Your hair won’t curl better just because your iron is set to the hottest setting, but it could break off from too much heat.

5. Using Too Much Product

Using too much product can cause your hair to feel greasy and limp. Experiment with different amounts of product until you find a balance that works for both you and your hair.

6. Applying Product At The Root

With the exception of volumizing sprays and dry shampoo which are meant to be applied at the root, heavier products like creams, oils, and serums should be kept to your mid-shafts and ends only. Applying these products directly to the scalp will cause build up and won’t do your hair any favors.

7. Wearing A Ponytail or Top-Knot Everyday

Wearing the same hairstyle for days at a time can cause serious damage to your hair. Hair ties place stress on your strands resulting in breakage around where the tie is placed. This can be especially damaging if you wear your hair pulled back very tight. Additionally, it can strain the follicles around your hairline eventually pulling out strands.

8. Washing Your Hair Too Much, Or Not Enough

Over-washing your hair can cause it to dry out resulting in dull strands, breakage and dry scalp. On the other hand, not washing your hair enough can lead to a buildup of oils, dirt, and product that can leave your tresses hanging limp and feeling greasy. It is important to work with your hair type to find a balance that works for both your hair and your scalp to keep your moisture levels balanced.

9. Not Using Color-Safe Shampoo

Color-safe shampoo has been formulated to be both gentle and protective. It is important to use a color safe shampoo to make your color last and not fade out quickly.

10. Neglecting Your Scalp

Caring for your scalp is just as important as caring for your hair, if not more so. Hair grows from follicles in the scalp so it only makes sense that healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp. Overuse of heavy products can lead to a buildup on the scalp resulting in clogged follicles. Washing hair everyday can cause the scalp to dry out resulting in irritation and flaking, whereas not washing enough allows products, dirt, and natural oils to buildup on the scalp. Try to find a washing routine that works with your scalp to keep moisture levels balanced.

A moisturizing shampoo can help with a dry scalp whereas a clarifying shampoo can aid with dirt, oil, or product buildup.

11. Using Hot Tools On Wet Hair

You know the sound of sizzling oil in a frying pan? That’s what’s happening to your hair if you try to use hot tools on wet strands. Make sure your hair is completely dry before even thinking about picking up your curling wand.

12. Brushing or Putting Your Hair Up When It’s Wet

Wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair. The strands can stretch and break easily so putting up your freshly shampooed hair up into a bun or brushing out the resulting knots afterwards can cause some serious breakage. If you want to get your hair out of your face after a shower, try a loose braid or small clips.

13. Not Trimming Your Ends Frequently Enough

Trying to grow your hair out but not seeing any progress? Regular trims are important for keeping on top of split ends slowing your hair from growing long and healthy.


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New Year, New Hair!

We’ve drafted 8 healthy hair resolutions to ring in the New Year!


Indulge In Weekly Hair Treatments

Deep conditioning treatments and hair masks are a luxury most of us don’t have time for in our schedules, but for the new year, resolve to add some relaxing self-care into your week. Just an extra 10-15 minutes after shampooing your hair to let the treatment soak into your strands to promote strength, hydration and the overall health of your hair.

Take a Break From The Heat

Do you curl or flat-iron your hair everyday? Try out some heatless styles to let your hair relax and to reduce frizz, dryness, and breakage. Try one day a week, or even a full 7 days – you might find a new favorite style! If you do heat-style, make sure to use a heat protectant.

Don’t Wash Everyday

Over-washing your hair can strip your strands of natural oils and cause them to dry out creating frizz and breakage. Try taking breaks between wash days and pick up some dry shampoo to get you through oil-free.

Call your Hairstylist

Regular trims can keep your hair looking lush and full while preventing split ends and breakage. Schedule regular hair appointments for the year to make sure you’re rocking your best hair ever in 2020.

Don’t Ignore Your Scalp

Caring for your scalp is just as important as caring for your hair, if not more so. Hair grows from follicles in the scalp so it only makes sense that healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp. Overuse of heavy products can lead to a buildup on the scalp resulting in clogged follicles. Washing hair everyday can cause the scalp to dry out resulting in irritation and flaking, whereas not washing enough allows products, dirt, and natural oils to buildup on the scalp. Try to find a washing routine that works with your scalp to keep moisture levels balanced.

A moisturizing shampoo can help with a dry scalp whereas a clarifying shampoo can aid with dirt, oil, or product buildup.

Try A New Style

Wearing the same ponytail or top-knot everyday can cause breakage. Try switching it up to relieve some tension on your strands and promote regrowth.

Have you been thinking about bangs for a while but aren’t sure? Considering layers? Pink hair on the brain? Embrace the phrase “New Year, New You” and try out a new ‘do!

Commit to A Haircare Routine

Keeping your hair healthy is the first line of defense against bad hair days. Committing to a regular haircare routine will help improve the health of your hair and have you loving your locks in no time.

Embrace Your Natural Texture

Good styling tools and products will get you pretty far, but determining and working with your hair type and texture is the real answer to your hair’s woes. Learning to embrace your natural texture instead of fighting it can help streamline your morning routine resulting in gorgeous hair and a happier you!


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Everything You Need To Know About Frizz


What Causes Frizz?

Frizz can be a result of environmental factors such as humidity, and is caused by a lack of moisture in your hair. If you step outside with thirsty, dry hair, it will absorb any excess moisture from the air – and poof, hello frizzy locks. Overuse of hot tools can also be a culprit behind frizzy hair resulting in heat damage and split ends. Although you can’t control the weather, you can adapt your haircare routine to help control your frizz.

How To Fight Frizz

First and foremost, you want to do is determine how much of your hair is actually damaged and how much is just frizz. Any damaged hair or split ends should be trimmed. Your hair will thank you.

Make sure you’re using the right shampoo and conditioner. Choose products that are formulated for your hair and scalp type. You should steer clear of any sulfates and alcohol listed on your product labels. These ingredients cause your hair to dry out and won’t do your frizz any favors.

When it comes to caring for your mane, try letting your hair air dry most of the way before switching on your blow-dryer to reduce heat exposure. Look for nourishing hair oils to use on your ends, and use a deep conditioning treatment or mask once a week. Keeping on top of regular trims, and investing in a silk pillowcase will keep your hair looking great.

Bonus tips:

1. Swap out your hair elastics for silk scrunchies to say goodbye to breakage.

2. Spritz a clean toothbrush with hairspray and use it to gently comb down flyaways for a quick frizz fix.

3. Cutting down on your hair’s exposure to heat styling will help improve the overall health of your hair. Try out some no-heat styles!


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Are You Using The Right Products For Your Hair Type?

Hair not looking its best? Your products might be to blame. Using the wrong products for your hair type can leave you with limp, oily, or even brittle hair.


Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, it is best to avoid heavy or creamy products that will weigh down your hair. Stay away from oils, pomades, heavy conditioners, and firm hairsprays. You should look for weightless, or volumizing products instead.

Thick or Coarse Hair

Those with thick or coarse hair should avoid products that contain alcohol or sulfates that can dry out hair leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. Lightweight and volumizing products can’t stand up to thick tresses, so you should seek out moisturizing, frizz-fighting products including mousse, oils, wax, pomade, or creamy conditioner.

Curly Hair

Curly hair requires similar care to thick hair in that it needs hydrating and heavy conditioning products. Try to avoid drying products that contain alcohol and sulfates. Lightweight products wont do your curls any good either. Look for curl creams, alcohol-free gels, oils, and creamy conditioners.

Color Treated Hair

Color treated hair needs to be treated much more carefully than virgin hair. To prevent damage to your already stressed strands, try to avoid drying products that contain alcohol and sulfates. You should also be wary of dandruff or clarifying shampoos that are not formulated for color-treated hair. Instead, look for color-safe moisturizing products, deep conditioning treatments, and always use a heat protectant.

Damaged or Brittle Hair

Damaged hair should be treated similarly to color-treated hair. Seek out creamy conditioning and hydrating products and steer clear of fortifying products or any that contain alcohol, sulfates, biotin, or keratin. Deep conditioning treatments and masks will be your best friends, and it wouldn’t hurt to take a break from your curling iron for a while.

For additional reading, we talk about choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for your scalp and hair type here.


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