Flat, frizzy, and messy are just some of the words that come to mind when we think about our hair during the changing of seasons. Between environmental factors and an over abundance of heating tools, our hair takes a serious beating throughout the year.
Just like you might change your skincare to account for the warmer or colder weather, hair care has to be addressed too. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reverse the damage your mane has endured.
Of all the sins we perpetrate on our hair daily, there are nine that are the most damaging. Here’s how you can avoid making the same old mistakes this season:
Mane Mistake #1: Styling Wet Hair
Hair is most fragile when it’s wet, so attempting to manipulate it too much at this point can do more harm than good. It’s usually best to wait until hair is damp, or almost dry to begin styling it.
Mane Mistake #2: Not Applying Products The Right Away
There are very few products that actually need to be applied all over your hair. For the most part, it’s either the roots or the ends that need the most attention.
Generally, if a product is meant to clean like shampoo, apply it to the roots. If a product is meant to moisturize, add shine, or protect against damage like conditioners and serums, apply it to the ends.
Using any of these products on the entire length of your hair will only weigh it down and cause it to look less than its best.
Mane Mistake #3: Hair Dye
We love to change up our look to match new seasons, but lifting the cuticles takes a toll on our hair.
Try going longer periods of time in between touch-ups and using deep conditioning treatments more frequently like our True Repair Helichrysum & Grapeseed Hair Mask.
Regular trims will also help keep hair healthy.
Mane Mistake #4: Your Diet
Women are trained to think about our hair externally. We’re not conditioned (ha!) to think about it as being a barometer of our health. But, as experience has taught us, that’s exactly what it is! Turns out, it’s not just our flat irons and platinum dyes that are causing our tress distress.
We may not want to admit it, but we probably aren’t eating right and including the necessary proteins that our bodies – and hair – need. Hair consists of protein — keratin — and is built from the foods we add to our body every day. Incorporating omega 3s and protein into your diet by eating more fish, nuts, and chicken, is a great place to start!
When changing your diet isn’t quite enough, the Argan Oil in our products is a superior source of antioxidants, vitamin E, and moisture as it nourishes and protects skin and hair from the environment.
This organic ingredient supports the body’s natural prevention of dehydration, inflammation, hyper pigmentation, and sebum production. It is your answer to naturally healthy, youthful, and radiant hair!
Mane Mistake #5: Using Products With Harmful Ingredients
Studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells.
While estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove that parabens have any link to cancer.
Just to be on the safe side though – consider avoiding them!
Mane Mistake #6: Sleeping With The Enemy (Cotton)
Cotton creates friction, which promotes frizziness and split ends.
Try a silk or satin pillowcase or silk cap instead. If that isn’t up your ally try waking up to your new best friend, Nth Degree’s Smoothing Moroccan Argan Oil & Keratin Serum.
This special formula rapidly restores brilliance to hair by infusing rich moisture, sealing cuticles and smoothing split ends.
Mane Mistake #7: Tight Styles
Overdoing it with tight buns and clips can damage the hair shaft and cuticle over time.
Keep styles as loose and relaxed as possible — especially when you’re sleeping. Allow a few pieces to fall around your face or neck.
Hair is fragile, and having tension added to it throughout the day can cause damage.
Mane Mistake #8: Over Brushing
Forget the “100 strokes a day” rule that Marcia Brady convinced the world of. This practice causes too much friction for hair to handle, and isn’t worth the effort. Instead, while detangling, use a curl-friendly brush or wide-tooth comb.
Mane Mistake #9: Heat Styling Tools
Blow-dryers, flatirons, and curling wands are no joke when it comes to the state of your hair’s hydrogen bonds. They change once heat is applied, which promotes breakage and split ends.
If you practice one of these styling methods on a daily basis, chances are your hair feels thin and weak. Try air-drying your hair every other time you wash it.
By the end of the year, your hair is practically begging for a next-level revival, meaning your usual routine won’t cut it. It’s time to toss your sins in the tin! By avoiding these nine daily mane mistakes, you’ll not only restore health and shine to your strands but you’ll keep them looking enviable.
The final look is radiant, resilient, silky perfection — your hair to the highest power!