Healthy, shiny hair is the ultimate goal. However, while you’re styling your strands, you might be causing a ton of damage. Something as seemingly innocent as putting your hair in a ponytail can result in frizzy, run-down locks. While you’re styling your hair, you want to beware of these hair tools that can lead to major hair breakage:
Hair brushes: Yes, hair brushes can be extremely damaging to your hair, especially if you use them on wet hair. Hair is at its weakest when it is wet, so brushing it leads to breakage and split ends. You can avoid damaging your hair by combing your wet hair with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. You can also invest in a brush made specifically for brushing wet hair. The Wet Brush ($11.99) is designed to detangle hair without breaking your strands.
Crimpers: Thank god these have gone out of style. Not only is crimping a particularly heinous hair look, but it’s terrible for your hair. The process of clamping a section of your hair in between the heated metal plates completely electrocutes it. Luckily, you’ll probably never use a crimper again (the only excuse is an 80s throwback party).
Wet to dry hair irons: Hair is at its weakest when it is wet. So who thought it would be a good idea to apply direct heat wet hair? Although the concept is tempting, avoid wet to dry hair irons at all costs. They basically boil your hair and leave you with a steamy, frizzy mess.
Ponytails: Sure, wearing your hair in a ponytail ever once in a while is fine, but wearing a pony tail every day will destroy your hair. A ponytail puts consistent pressure on the same place, which can weaken your hair and prevent growth. To avoid this, switch out the placement of your ponytail.
Heat tools in general: Sorry ladies, but heat tools are the biggest culprit when it comes to hair damage. The longer your hair is exposed to heat, the more damaged it will get. If possible, try to limit your use of hair heat tools. Let your hair air dry and be sure to use a heat protectant. And never ever hold the heat tool on the same section of hair for too long. Constantly keep the heat tool moving and don’t put on the heat too hight.
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