The 7 Deadly Sins of Haircare

Do you really want to know what makes a hairstylist cringe? Are you sure? Sometimes the truth stings a bit but people ask me all the time for my opinions, so here goes. I talked with a few other stylists and we are in agreement. These offenses wreck the most havoc in terms of hair health. They are the 7 deadly sins of haircare as we see it, from our side of the chair.

  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Haircare 1 of 8
  • Cheap Shampoo 2 of 8
    Ok, ok, I know what you are saying. And no, not all inexpensive shampoo is bad but there are some very popular products on the market that are not ideal. Many well-known and loved supermarket brands make hair feel manageable and soft because they are chocked full of silicones and waxes that will build up over time and can dull hair and even clog pores. Whenever possible, buy your products from your stylist, who can recommend the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. Look for shampoos that don't contain sulfates, silicones like dimethicone, cyclomethicone, and phenyl trimethicone or waxes like glycol distearate. If you won't give up your favorite drugstore shampoo, at least clarify your hair periodically. I like Redken's Cleansing Cream and Paul Mitchell's Shampoo Three.
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  • Tying It Up Wet 3 of 8
    Did you know that when your hair is wet, all of the hydrogen bonds are broken. Since they account for 1/3 of your hair's strength, your hair is in a seriously weakened condition. Tying it up in a hair band or wrapping it in a towel is inviting breakage. Always treat your hair gently when it is wet. Gently pat it dry with your towel and use a wide tooth comb to detangle.
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  • Overusing Flat Irons 4 of 8
    I see more fried hair from flat iron abuse than any other offense. Flat irons are fantastic tools but they must be used sparingly. Learn how to blow dry your hair straight. It's tricky at first but you will be surprised at how quickly you can master this skill. When you do flat iron, be sure to use a heat-protective product. Use a high-quality flat iron with ceramic plates and a heat dial. If your hair is fine, try using the lowest heat setting and move the iron quickly through your hair.
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  • DIY Haircolor 5 of 8
    Many people are able to do color at home. I always tell people that I'm biased because I only see the disasters. Haircolor choices greatly depend on your hair's texture, porosity, and underlying pigments so the one-size-fits-all developer that comes in home dying kits may give you some unexpected results. It is very important that if you do color your hair at home, that you do not pull the color through to your ends every time. Not only is it quite damaging but the color will build up on your ends and it is very difficult to remove. Finally, please don't attempt to highlight your hair at home.
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  • Not Getting Regular Trims 6 of 8
    It's hard to get to the salon as often as you should. I know this is true, especially for Moms. But it is essential for healthy hair. I always tell my long hair clients that if you want to maintain long hair, it's best to come for a trim at least 4 times a year. Your style may require more frequent visits but this is the minimum to keep ends healthy and strong. If you go longer, you will most likely have to have more cut off each visit just to make your haircut even. Once ends start breaking, there is no way to repair the damage other than to cut if off.
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  • Overlooking Sun Protection 7 of 8
    This is especially important if you color your hair. The sun is the number one enemy of haircolor. If you invest in getting regular touchups, keep the color looking great by staying out of the sun. When you do go to the beach, use a product with SPF protection to decrease haircolor fading and protect your scalp. Invest in a great sun hat it will save your locks and help you look fabulous.
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  • Overprocessing 8 of 8
    Yes, it's fantastic to be blond. Going lighter can be a lot of fun and it can be addicting. But when you want to be blonder and blonder and blonder still, hair can get seriously fried. Besides, you know what is so fantastic about highlights? Dimension! The lighter strands really pop when they are next to a darker strand, giving you a less washed-out look.
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