Bad hair days are the worst! They always seem to happen when you have something important to do, or need to be in the ‘public eye’ at some point during the day. While some things associated with bad hair days are completely unavoidable, such as the weather, there are a lot of things you might be doing wrong to contribute to them. In fact, there are literally a TON of common mistake women make that cause bad hair.
Why Do I Have Bad Hair Days?
There are numerous reasons you might have a bad hair day. While we won’t yet delve into the exact reasons, you should know it is mostly caused by frizz and hair breakage. Bad hair practices can make your hair weak and damaged. It’s so much easier to simply prevent bad hair instead of trying to fix or heal it, which is why our tips here are so important.
Besides things you might be doing wrong, there are natural reasons you may be suffering from bad hair days. Your natural hair type may have something to do with it, but outside forces have sway here as well. 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 lank. Chlorine can cause discoloration, especially in colored hair. Wind and rain can both cause knots, which can be hard to get out and cause breakage.
Despite there being a large quantity of things you simply can’t control, there are many things you can â?? let letting go of the four common bad hair mistakes we’re going to talk about today!
Brushing Hair When Wet
If you’re brushing your when its wet, just stop right there! Hair is most fragile when its wet because its 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!
What To Do Instead
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 a while is fine, however.
Another option is to use a comb instead. Granted, it still isn’t ideal, but its much better than a brush. Brushes have a lot of bristles which literally just rip your hair apart. Combs have less, and are better designed to deal with wet hair.
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 actually greatly benefit from a whole-headed conditioning. Why? The extra weight can actually 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.
What To Do Instead
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 receives less than the tips do. 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 really hot water because it will cause damage to both your hair and skin.
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 get your hair dry any faster. In fact, all you’re doing is damaging your hair. Rough towel drying is kind of like the equivalent to a bar brawl with your hair, and it is definitely not going to thank you for it. Cease the roughness and you can say good-bye to split ends, frizz, and tons of tangles.
What To Do Instead
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 from that point forward. It isn’t going to take any longer than it normally would, no matter what you’ve been led to believe.
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 clean, but in reality, you’re just damaging your hair – yet again. 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. Plus, as an added bonus, day-old hair styles a whole lot better than freshly washed hair does. This equals an awesome hair day for you!
What To Do Instead
Instead of washing your hair every day, try washing your hair every other day. If you’re hair is incredibly dry, you may even want to skip two days between. Its really 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 – and don’t fret, your hair is not yet damaged beyond repair. Utilize our ‘what to do instead’ tips and never suffer from a needless bad hair day again!