3 Ways You Damaged Your Hair Today

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We commonly do things, unknowingly, that are bad for us. We grab a diet coke when we want to cut calories. We wash our face too often in an effort to get it squeaky clean. And we do certain actions every day that damage our hair. Here are the three ways you likely damaged your hair this morning:

You burned it with your hair dryer
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Heat is not your hair’s friend. Hot tools like curling irons and straighteners can singe your strands. But you already know this and are therefore careful, using a heat protectant spray when styling. But we bet you don’t think about how much your regular ol’ hairdryer is searing your strands. “People know that if we use a hot iron or curling iron, we are causing damage, but the blow dryer can cause a lot of damage too,” says celebrity hairstylist and owner of The Private Room in Beverly Hills, CA, Tina Dizon. “If you are blow-drying with a brush and are leaving the heat on the brush too long, that direct airflow on the hairbrush is burning your hair,” she says. Always keep the brush and hot air flow moving at all times when blow-drying.

You broke it with your brush
If you use a plastic brush, it’s time to toss it. “Plastic-bristle brushes are molded together (where the bulb meets the stem), and at that molding, the plastic can cut you strands,” says Dizon. “I always suggest a brush with a natural bristle to smooth down the cuticle.”

How you brush your hair can also cause breakage. If you brush it while wet, always first spray a detangler or leave-in conditioner on it. And start brushing at the bottom of your hair before you brush the roots. Once you have detangled the bottom, then you can brush from root to end.

You broke it trying to save it from heat-styling
If you decided to save your hair some stress and throw it into a bun when it was still wet, you might have caused damage. “When your hair is wet, it becomes more elastic and stretches as it dries around your hair tie,” says Dizon. This causes tension and breakage. It’s best to let you hair air dry out of an elastic.

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