Bad hair days are the worst! They always seem to happen when you have something important to do or need to make a presentation at work. While some causes of bad hair days (like the weather) are completely unavoidable, there are a lot of things you might be doing wrong to contribute to them. There are common mistakes women make that cause bad hair.
Causes of Bad Hair Days
The exact cause of bad hair days is frizz and hair breakage. But questionable hair practices can make your hair weak and damaged. It’s easier to simply prevent bad hair instead of trying to fix or heal it.
Aside from bad hair practices, there are natural reasons that cause bad hair days. Your natural hair type may have something to do with it, but outside forces might also be a contributing factor. High levels of humidity, for example, can cause your hair to frizz up. Extreme heat causes sweating, which can make your hair flat, oily, and limp. Chlorine can cause discoloration, especially in colored hair. Wind and rain can both cause knots, which can be difficult to untangle and cause breakage.
There will always be factors you can’t control. But you can definitely avoid making these 4 common hair mistakes.
1. Brushing Hair When Wet
Hair is most fragile when it’s wet because it’s holding a lot of excess weight and being stretched out tight. When you brush wet hair, you’re causing a lot more breakage than you should be. If knots are involved, you might as well just say bye-bye to good hair for days!
DO: Instead of brushing your hair when wet, allow it to dry first. Naturally drying is best for your hair, but if you’re strapped for time, you can always blow dry it instead. Try to save the blow-drying for emergencies. While it is better for your hair than running a brush through it, doing it too much can cause heat damage. Once in awhile is fine.
Another option is to use a comb instead of a brush. Granted, it still isn’t ideal, but it’s much better than a brush. Brushes have a lot of bristles that just rip your hair apart. Combs have less, and are better designed to deal with wet hair. Use wide-toothed combs.
2. Conditioning Only the Ends
Many women have been falsely been led to believe they only need to condition the ends of their hair, especially if they have thin or oily hair. But this is wrong. People who have thin hair can greatly benefit from whole-headed conditioning. Why? The extra weight can make your hair look better, fuller, and allow it to hold up better to frizz. Conditioner also helps to form a barrier around the hair strands that will help prevent thin hair from breaking. As for oily-haired people, well, the same rules apply. You need to do a full head of conditioning—just maybe less often than others do.
DO: The key is knowing how to condition your hair. Place an ample amount of conditioner in your palm. Start from the bottom of your hair and work your way up, so that the hair around the scalp gets lesser conditioner than the tips. Allow the conditioner to sit for three minutes at the very least. Anywhere from five to ten minutes is ideal, but three will do in a pinch. Rinse well with cool water, and allow your hair to dry naturally. Avoid hot water because it will cause damage to both your hair and skin.
3. Rough Towel Drying
You took too long in the shower and now you’re running late. What do you do? You take the towel and roughly dry your hair in a hurry, thinking it will get your hair dry faster. Wrong! Roughly towel drying your hair will not dry your hair faster. All you’re doing is damaging your hair. Rough towel drying is kind of like the equivalent to a bar brawl with your hair. Stop the roughness and you can say good-bye to split ends, frizz, and tons of tangles.
DO: Instead of beating your hair up with a towel, try a more gentle approach to things. Gently run a soft, absorbent towel over your hair, starting at the scalp and working your way down to the tips. Go over it gently a few times. If you feel that there is a lot of wetness left near your scalp, gently pat it with the towel. Allow your hair to dry naturally.
4. Washing Hair Every Day
If you thought you needed to wash your hair every day, you thought wrong. You may think this just means your hair is clean, but in reality, you’re just damaging your hair. The real deal behind daily washing is that you strip your hair of essential oils. These essential oils are vital to hair’s health because it protects them. A day-old hair can be styled easier than freshly washed hair. This equals an awesome hair day for you!
DO: Instead of washing your hair every day, try washing your hair every other day. If your hair is incredibly dry, you may even want to skip two days between washes. It’s all about trial and error. Find out what works best for your hair, and stick with that. If you need a refresher between wet washes, you might want to invest in a dry shampoo. It’s much less damaging to your hair. A little bit of baby powder dusted on your hair with a kabuki brush can help erase oiliness as well.
If you’ve been making these four common bad hair mistakes, now is the time to fix the problem. Don’t fret, your hair is not yet damaged beyond repair. Utilize our tips and never suffer from a bad hair day again!