Whether you have a fine or coarse hair type, when hair is wet, it is more fragile, especially if you have color-treated or chemically-treated hair, which means it is more liable to breakage. Pastels’ expert team outlines the 5 things you must never do with wet hairs(hair faux pas).
- Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet. If you find yourself with a lot of tangles, use a detangling brush that is suited to wet hair, and never use a round brush on wet hair.
- Avoid exposing wet hair to high heat. Gentle drying on low heat may take more time, but it will definitely reduce damage.
- Don’t tie wet hair into a bun or ponytail: Your hair elasticity is at its max when it’s wet, so when put in a bun or ponytail, it stretches even more causing tension breakage. In addition, your scalp won’t get enough air to dry, which can skin irritations.
- Avoid wrapping wet hair in a towel: The harsh fibers of the towel can be rough on your wet fragile wet hair, leading to breakage. Trying using a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel to absorb moisture.
- Never use a straightener on wet hairs: You may be in a rush but by styling your hair before it’s completely dry, but you’re actually frying your hair for a damaged, dull look.
If you have damaged your hair, then perhaps consider a hair mask. Applying a mask to wet hair is much less effective, though so avoid applying the treatment when your hair is completely wet. Instead, towel dries your hair before applying so the mask can penetrate your hair shaft easier and the mask’s benefits can be maximized.