5 Hair Faux Pas You Are Committing

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).

  1. 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.
  2. Avoid exposing wet hair to high heat. Gentle drying on low heat may take more time, but it will definitely reduce damage.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Hairbrush Heaven: How to find your perfect brush

According to the experts, most of us are actually using the wrong hair tools for our hair type which can lead to frizz, split ends, and breakage. To prevent damage, it is vital that you choose a brush or comb that suits your hair type as well as your preferred styling regime.  Along with detangling, tools such as brushes and combs can energize the scalp and help evenly distribute oils to keep hair healthy. But with the hair market so heavily saturated right now, picking the perfect brush for your hair goals can be difficult so let us talk you through it!

Combs

A seamless wide-tooth comb is a good option for those with coarse, curly or wavy hair because it detangles without breaking up the natural curl pattern. Also, it glides through the hair without much friction and there are no sharp plastic seams on the teeth, which can result in pulling and snapping.

Combs with a spike on one end and very little space between each tooth are great for using with a flat-iron to achieve super-sleek hair, or for sectioning hair before a blowout.

Detangling Brushes

Detangling brushes are most often specifically designed to be gentle enough to use on wet hair, though they can be used on dry hair as well if your hair isn’t too thick. If your hair is prone to tangles why not bring a detangling brush into the shower with you to eliminate any knots and work conditioner through your hair evenly to hydrate and smoothen it.

 Paddle Brushes

Perfect for those with long, thick hair, most paddle brushes are designed to detangle and smooth, as well as for blowdrying wavy hair straight.

These are also a great tool for those with damaged hair as the wide space between the teeth ensure snagging and pulling is kept to a minimum.

Round Brushes

Round brushes are perfect for creating that voluminous, classic wavy blowout but the different size of round brush, with different types of bristles, will determine the finished look. Generally, the smaller the barrel of a round brush, the more curly or wavy your hair will be after blow-drying.  Larger barrel round brushes are better for created a sleek blowout, and a medium barrel is most commonly used for that classic wavy blowout.

 

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