9 Mistakes That Are Making Your Hair Look Damaged

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

Think of all the expensive shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and serums you have pampered your hair with. It should have transformed your hair into a glossy cascade. But, “reality check,” that never happens *sigh*. Sometimes, no matter what you do, your hair still resembles a straw hat, and all you can do is tie it up in a bun. Even though having a good hair day is not in your hands, you can ensure your hair stays healthy by omitting the common hair mistakes that make your hair seem dull and lifeless. Here in this article are a few hair mistakes, avoiding which will make your hair shiny and glossy. Read on to know them all.

Mistake One: You Are Not Choosing A Good Shampoo For Your Hair

You Are Not Choosing A Good Shampoo For Your Hair
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While low-priced shampoos may effectively clean your hair, their benefits typically end there. Premium products protect hair from damage and leave it feeling silkier and smoother because of their increased concentration of conditioning ingredients. Now you know why investing in a good shampoo is important.

Mistake Two: You Are Not Getting Regular Haircuts

You Are No Getting Regular Haircuts
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Hair grows roughly 0.3-0.4 mm a day on average. However, this number varies significantly amongst individuals with varied hair types and health (1). Also, shorter haircuts, such as bobs and pixies, require more frequent trims than longer cuts.

Mistake Three: Applying Henna Before Coloring Your Hair

Applying Henna Before Coloring Your Hair
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Henna is the earliest known method of hair coloring. However, plant-based dyes can have unpredictable results on previously colored or bleached hair. If you decide to color or treat your hair chemically, wait until your henna color is out of your hair entirely.

Mistake Four: You Don’t Comb Through Tangled Hair

You Don't Comb Through Tangled Hair
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Tangles are the number one bane of a well-maintained hairdo. Fallen hair shafts stick together and form knots. Even though knots are inevitable, ignoring them won’t make them disappear. Make sure you detangle every knot gently when you sit down to comb your hair.

Mistake Five: You Are Combing Wet Hair

You Are Combing Wet Hair
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If you brush your hair too often, you may unknowingly contribute to its brittleness. In addition, water exposure reduces the cuticle layer’s strength that covers hair follicles, making them more susceptible to damage. If you still have to comb your hair soon after washing it, a wide-tooth comb is your best choice.

Mistake Six: Using The Wrong Tools

Using The Wrong Tools
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You can avoid hair problems by using the proper comb or brush and combing your hair from the ends inward toward the roots. You may use a broad comb or soft brush to detangle your damp hair. Since wet hair is more fragile than dry hair, these brushes include additional flexible bristles to prevent split ends. Brushes in the shape of a paddle (made of nylon or boar’s hair) are ideal for daily brushing and tangle-free detangling. This is the typical type of brush where the bristles are attached to a soft base.

Mistake Seven: Using Hot Water To Wash Your Hair

Using Hot Water To Wash Your Hair
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Hot water can also cause hair loss by opening the pores and causing brittleness and porosity. The high temperature also damages your scalp health by drying out the skin, causing dandruff & itching, and generally making the hair look terrible.

Mistake Eight: You Bleach Your Hair Completely

You Bleach Your Hair Completely
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Although it’s tempting to see your hairdresser equipped with containers of the color can that can completely transform your hair color, this may be rather damaging. Hair bleaching destroys the hair’s cellular structure and makes it dry and brittle. Even if you decide to color your hair, leave the roots alone and try a dip dye or streaks. Also, use hydrating shampoos and deep conditioners to ensure your hair doesn’t dry after coloring.

Mistake Nine: You Visit Different Beauty Salons

You Visit Different Beauty Salons
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Loyalty towards hairstylists often proves stronger than most partnerships, and there’s a good reason for this. The stylist’s familiarity with your hair’s unique characteristics helps them select a cut or treatment that complements your hair type. Switching from one stylist to another will not allow anyone to do so, as each stylist is new to your hair needs.

Making your hair and scalp healthy is no rocket science. All your hair needs are TLC. Make sure you are gentle with your hair when combing it, and give it the nutrients it needs to grow healthy. So, which of these hair care mistakes are you guilty of making? Let us know in the comments section!

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