by HSI Professional | Jun 30 2017
When you’re taking care of your hair, there are a ton of things that you need to do, but there are also a ton of things that you need to NOT do, which so many people forget. Too many of these articles focus on what you should be doing with your hair, and they tend to forget that there are things that they should be specifically avoiding. From going too far with the ionic flat iron to dunking your head in chlorine, we’re going to go over six things that you want to stay away from as much as possible.
Don’t Overdo it with the Ionic Flat Iron
Having an ionic flat iron on hand is a great thing, but you don’t want to damage your hair. If you have color treated hair, you don’t want to use too much heat, because it can cause it to fade prematurely, sending you right back to the salon in record time. If you do need to use a ceramic iron or any other flat iron, we strongly recommend that you keep it on a lower heat setting. Additionally, you can do the same with your hair dryer, reducing the heat to get a good effect with less chance of damage.
Stop using Products Without UV Protection
The sun has a funny effect: it can cause hair color to fade. That being said, you want to avoid this as much as possible, but here’s the real question: how do you avoid going out into the sun? obviously, you don’t, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cut down on your exposure. Many of the available hair products out there make use of UV protection, which will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
If you are aware that you’re going to be in the sun for a long period, first of all, wear a hat. Secondly, use a moisturizing spray that has an SPF factor. Remember: just because your hair doesn’t feel pain doesn’t mean it can’t get a sunburn.
Don’t Dunk your Head in Chlorine
We mentioned this in the opening paragraph and to an extent it probably sounded like we were joking, but we’re really not. Summertime is pool time, and almost all pools are treated with chlorine to break down bacteria. Chlorine is responsible for that clear blue look that every pool has, and without it, the water would probably turn a shade of brown or green.
Unfortunately, it’s going to do the same thing to your hair by stripping it of the vitamins and nutrients that it needs to stay silky smooth. If you’re going to jump into the pool this summer, stay upright, or wear a swimming cap.
Coloring Every Other Day
We may not mean this literally, but there are people out there who color their hair an awful lot. It is strongly recommended by both us, and many other professionals, that you don’t color your hair more than once every six weeks. If you look at your hair and the roots are beginning to show, use a touch-up kit or a spray on concealer – that can work miracles for you.
Chemical Overdose: Perming/Relaxing
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: don’t overdo chemicals, especially on the colored hair. That means simultaneous perming/relaxing, by the way. If you need to do them, then stagger the appointments, because you don’t want to see the result of not doing so.
Skipping Regular Trims
If you’re one of those people that experience frizzy locks then you’re going to have to face it: your hair is damaged. A huge mistake that many people tend to make, is skipping trims. Yes, your hair does need to be trimmed every once in a while, so seriously, don’t skip it. Keep your hair healthy, even if you have to take a few minutes out of your day.
Keeping your hair in good shape can definitely present a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Use the tips that we’ve mentioned, and start planning your hair care routine. Most importantly, don’t make the obvious mistakes!