There's nothing like smooth, glossy hair to make for a gorgeous beauty statement, but sometimes simple habits from styling to the way you dry it could wreak havoc on your tresses and leave them damaged and brittle. Luckily, Tangle Teezer have shared their top ten tips on how to keep your hair as healthy as possible…
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There are easy ways to keep your hair looking healthy
Don't blow dry hair when it's dripping wet
Usually this happens when you're in a hurry, but while you think you may be saving time, dripping wet hair will take longer than hair that has been towel-dried. Instead, gently pat your locks with a towel to remove excess moisture – this will considerably reduce your blow-dry time.
Don’t rub your hair
When towel drying your hair, avoid rubbing as this can cause frizz and damage to your locks. Instead, remove the moisture by gently patting your hair dry.
Don't over-colour your hair
This can do a lot of damage to your hair so try to limit how often you dye it - if you just need to recolour your roots, look for specific root touch-up kits that only need to be applied to the problem area, minimising damage to the rest of your mane. No-ammonia hair dyes are a great choice too, as they are gentler than some other colourants.
Styling your hair too often can wreak havoc on your mane
Don't wash your hair too often
Many women only need to shampoo their hair around three times a week. If you're washing your hair every day, you could be removing too much oil from your scalp, leaving your hair feeling dry and more prone to breaking. Washing too often will also expose your hair to the blow-dryer more frequently, which could cause even more damage. Try to space out your washes through the week. If your hair does start to feel and look greasy, use a dry shampoo to refresh it in between washes.
Eat a balanced diet
Many people don’t realise that what they eat can impact the strength and overall appearance of their hair. By eating a diet of the 13 essential vitamins, including Vitamin A and E, you can keep your hair strong, shiny and healthy.
Be careful with wet hair
Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair, so brushing it straight after washing is a big no-no. Before you brush, allow your hair to dry first. Even if it's not completely dry, a slight delay between washing and brushing will give the bonds of your hair time to strengthen, minimising damage.
Try to wash hair in room temperature water
Keep heat to a minimum
As you've probably heard, heat styling can cause major damage to your hair. Whether you’re using tongs or straighteners, the intense heat can leave your hair feeling dry. Try to minimise the use of heat on your hair to improve its condition.
Braid before bed
When you lie in bed, your hair can become tangled, so before you hit the hay, put it into a loose plait. The structure of the braid will keep your hair tangle-free, and as a bonus you'll wake up with soft waves too!
Wash in room temperature water
Regularly hop into boiling hot showers and baths? Just like straightening and heat styling, hot water can damage your hair. It may not sound too appealing but washing your hair in room temperature water is better for it.
Keep products to a minimum
You may be tempted to layer up the haircare products on the assumption that it will make your hair appear sleeker and shinier. However, too many haircare products can weigh down your hair and sometimes make it appear greasy. As a general rule of thumb, you should use four products on your hair: shampoo, conditioner, heat protector and a styling product.
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