Hair stylist and founder of MAYFIVE Hair Katie Allan gives the lowdown on the daily habits wrecking your hair.
1. Hot Showers
Hot showers feel great but can also dry out your hair and scalp! If this is something you cannot resist, be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner to moisturise.
2. Dirty Brushes
Clean those brushes! A bit of warm water and shampoo to take of any debris will work perfectly – other wise you will be brushing your clean hair with a tools that have also been in your hair after a sweaty work out!
3. Tight hair styles – and with the wrong hair ties
Tight ponytails and top knots can cause traction alopecia, but if you use an elastic band this will also cause damage to the fibres when it is up. A traditional scrunchie or a hair tie that looks like the old fashioned telephone cords is my best suggestion.
Of course the best place to put your sunglasses so you don’t lose them is on your head – however if the area that goes over the nose has metal in it, it is likely to catch in your hair and pull out strands. This will result to breakage on your front hairline.
5. Applying heat to your hair for the 3rd day running without washing
Once you have washed your hair it is filled with nutrients from your shampoo, conditioner, leave in products. Once you apply electrical heat to the hair these tend to leave the hair. If you then re apply heat to your hair with out washing it – you are likely to cause irreversible damage to the cuticle.
6. Over using dry shampoo
We all love using dry shampoo, however using it in excess can result to a dry flaky scalp. I’d recommend to not use for more than two days before washing.