Hair is at it’s most fragile state when wet, so it’s no wonder that a lot of damage starts in the shower. Here’s two ways you can be (unknowingly) damaging your hair and, more importantly, how to fix it.
The Mistake: Brushing your hair straight out of the shower
Why it’s bad: When your hair is wet, water breaks down the hydrogen bonds in your hair, leaving it extremely vulnerable to damage. In fact, brushing is one of the roughest things you can do to your hair in this state, besides blow drying (but we’ll cover that topic later). Brushing leads to stretching and breaking of the individual strands, frizz and split ends. Yeah, no thanks.
The Fix: Use a wide tooth comb, not a flat or round brush. A wide tooth comb won’t snag your hair like a traditional brush. To give your tresses some additional TLC, use a leave in conditioner and comb slowly starting from the bottom of your hair, gradually working your way up to the root.
Do yourself a favor and put the brush down (you’ll thank me later).
The Mistake: Blow drying your hair
Why it’s bad: It’s no secret that blow drying isn’t the best thing for your hair. The heat emitted by a blow dryer removes surface moisture, causing the cuticle to crack. The result of this is dry and brittle hair. I don’t know about you, but the words dry and brittle are not how I’d like anyone to describe my hair.
The Fix: Towel blotting is a great way to cut down on blow drying time. And no, it’s not the same thing as towel drying 🙂 Try separating your hair into sections, squeezing your hair, then moving on to the next section. It’s important to avoid rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel since that too can cause damage. Note that you can also try this method with a t-shirt or pillowcase to significantly cut down on damage. Be sure to only rub your hair with gentle strokes and blot with a super absorbent towel.
So please, for the sake of your hair, avoid these two post shower no-no’s!