You can blame the shampoo or the fact that you haven't had a trim in 3 months for your unruly hair, but the problem may lie in how you treat your hair daily. Simple mistakes can have a big effect on the health and appearance of your strands. Mario Russo, the owner and lead stylist of Mario Russo in Boston shared some common mistakes we all make, and of course, simple tricks to avoid them.
1. Blow-drying Upside Down "You've probably noticed that your hairstylist never ask you to flip your hair over at the salon," says Russo. "That's because doing so will quickly over-dry your hair by pulling out moisture and nutrients." Instead, separate your hair into sections and blow-dry with a round brush.
2. Sleeping With Product In Your Hair "Just like you should take off your makeup before bed, you should also brush out the majority of product from your locks before you hit the hay. This will create buildup on your hair and make it harder to restyle the next day." Clarifying shampoos, such as Bumble and Bumble's Sunday Shampoo, help to clean the scalp. Russo recommends using one once a week.
3. Using The Same Brush For Months "Make sure you clean out your brush or purchase a new one every four months," says Russo. "Brushes are a prime breeding ground for germs and extra residue." To break up the oils, he suggests soaking the brush in a mug of vinegar. Rinse and scrub with a sponge.
4. Brushing Hair From The Root Brushing hair down from the roots causes breakage. "Instead, separate your hair into four sections. Grab the section in the middle and hold your hair while you use baby strokes to detangle your mane."
5. Picking Split Ends "We're all guilty of the nervous 'picking your split ends' habit, but it's actually making your split ends worse! If you are not using proper hair sheers to trim split ends, you can really damage your hair." Russo suggests getting a small trim every six weeks and using a moisturizing cream, such as Oribe's Supershine Moisturizing Cream, to keep ends hydrated and prevent split ends.
6. Using the Same Shampoo Year Round Similar to your skin, the moisture level of your hair changes season to season. "When the temperatures change, your products should too. In the summer, when you're very active and out in the sun, opt for a clarifying shampoo to rid locks of oil and chlorine buildup." In the winter, you want to add in lost moisture to prevent dryness and control frizz."
7. Sun Bathing The sun fries your skin and your hair. "Prolonged exposure to UV rays can weaken the hair cuticles, making them harder to manage." Two simple tricks. "Simply wear a fashionable, yet practical, hat when you're on the beach or be proactive and protect hair with a product like Bumble & Bumble's Color Minded UV Protective Polish.
8. Securing Hair With Elastic Hair Ties "Elastic haïr taies cause damage and split ends. Try a cloth one to keep your hair beautiful and healthy," says Russo. He recommends Emi Jay bands because they "will color coordinate with your outfits while doubling as arm candy alongside your stack of bangles."
9. Overuse of Hairspray "Take it easy on the hairspray! While everyone loves layering on the hairspray to hold a style in place, don't use it too often. Hairpspray makes your hair brittle and more prone to breakage." The alcohol in the spray can also dry the scalp, causing itchiness.
10. Too Tight Hairstyles Don't overdue the tight ponytails and buns. Over time, wearing a tight ponytail or bun will lead to hair loss and major hair breakage," says Russo. "The tightness of the style restricts the blood flow to the hair follicles and puts pressure on the hair cuticle, which can lead to problems." And on occasion when you do wear the style, massage your scalp after removing to promote nourishment.
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