When split ends, breakage and unmanageable frizz start to appear, take that as a major cry for help from your hair. Although heat is one of the most common factors for damaged strands, there are also many other ways you can be harming your hair.
In order to get to the bottom of these bad habits we turned to John Frieda celebrity hair stylist Sebastian Scolarici to find out just what we’re doing wrong and how we can never commit these hair sins again!
1. Sleeping With Wet Hair
While sleeping with wet hair isn't entirely disastrous, it could lead to nasty breakage. "What creates this breakage is putting your wet hair in a ponytail or tight hairstyles to sleep in," Scolarici explained. "If you need to sleep with your hair up, use a fabric hair holder and make sure you tie it at the very top of your head."
Although trying new trends may be fun, coloring your hair too frequently can be killing your tresses. "I find the biggest cause of hair damage is over-coloring, specifically highlighting too frequently," Scolarici said. "Don't run to the salon every time you have a little root growing. You can use products like the John Frieda Go Blonder In-Shower Lightening Treatment to get you by and stretch the time in between those salon appointments."
3. Turning Up the Heat
Step away from the plancha, ladies. By now we all know that heat can cause some vicious damage to your hair, but Scolarici said the true issue lies within how often you use heat on your hair. "Often women reach for their heating tools to combat frizz. Opt for the John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Care line to find another option to fight frizz. [There] you can also find a styling aid to avoid the need for high heat."
4. Skipping on the Deep Conditioner
Deep conditioning is a major key for healthy hair, especially if you use heat often. Think of if as a reset button for your strands. Skipping out on this step could be a true hair tragedy. "We all have our beauty routines, make weekly deep conditioning one of them," said Scolarici. "Take an extra 10 minutes and allow your hair to receive the nourishment it needs. In the summer you can also condition while you enjoy the sun."
5. Over Brushing
While brushing your hair may feel nice, you may be doing your strands an injustice by overdoing it. "Over styling is also a culprit when it comes to damaged hair. If you wash and blow dry every day, your hair will become dry and brittle and no amount of conditioner will bring it back," said Scolarici. Remember your hair needs a break, too, sometimes.
6. Wearing Tight Hairstyles
Braids may be in, but rocking this look too often is a hair no no. Tight hairstyles such as braids and super slick buns can cause some serious unwanted breakage. "I can't tell you how many women have receding hair lines from the damage done by wearing tight braids," Scolarici said. "My advice is don't do it and if you want a braid, only leave it on for a few days and allow the hair in between to rest."