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7 Bad Hair Habits to Stop Doing Now

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7 Bad Hair Habits to Stop Doing Now 7 Bad Hair Habits to Stop Doing Now 7 Bad Hair Habits to Stop Doing Now

A mane that looks full of life—that’s the ultimate hair goal, right? But it turns out that certain habits you have could be doing a number on your strands. When it comes to caring for your hair, it’s all about treating it well and using the right products to help ensure your locks are happily hydrated. Below, take a peek at seven common hair habits it’s time to put a stop to—plus, get advice on what to do instead.

Bad Hair Habit #1: Shampooing Roughly

As far as shampooing goes, you don’t have to scrub-a-dub-dub aggressively. Sure, that may feel like the only way to truly cleanse your hair, but you don’t actually have to do that. Instead, gently massage your ‘poo into your hair in circular motions before rinsing out and moving on to conditioner.

Bad Hair Habit #2: Showering in Too-High Temps

It’s time to turn down the dial! Although it can feel relaxing, extra-hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, which is not what you want. The next time you’re ready to hop in the shower, make sure to do so in lukewarm water. While it might not be quite as enjoyable, your hair will thank you!

Bad Hair Habit #3: Skipping Out on the Conditioner

Don’t just hop out of the tub after you’ve rinsed out your shampoo! Use a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair’s specific needs.

If you have processed hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner.

If you have thin hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner.

If you have dry, damaged color-treated hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner.

If you have wavy to curly hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Conditioner.

If you have frizz-prone hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner.

If you have oily roots…try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Conditioner.

Bad Hair Habit #4: Towel Drying Hair

When you step out of the shower, what’s the first thing you reach for? Chances are, it’s a towel! But that’s not the best idea. Keep a cotton T-shirt nearby so that you can gently blot excess water before moving on to styling.

Bad Hair Habit #5: Brushing Your Hair While Wet

Your hair is at its most fragile when it’s wet, which means brushing it at this stage is a hair care faux pas. If you must, use a wide tooth comb to help detangle knots—and make sure to spritz on a detangling spray beforehand to help make the process easier.

Bad Hair Habit #6: Overdoing It with the Heat Tools

Heat tools like blow-dryers, flat irons, and curling wands are certainly good at what they do—but excessive heat styling can lead to damage. You don’t have to ditch your beloved heat tools altogether, though—just give them a rest from time to time. Try air drying your hair for a pretty textured look that’s perfect for summer. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream to wet hair, then let it dry. You’re good to go, no heat tools necessary! Whether you want to rock beachy waves or an undone yet still put together look, you can do so with the help of these products.

Bad Hair Habit #7: Tying Hair Up Tightly

Sweeping your hair off your neck and into a tight updo may be convenient for sleeping or working out, but it can also cause stress on your mane. Too tight of a pony can pull at your strands, not to mention feel uncomfortable. Give hair a break by opting for low ponytails and swapping out elastics for soft fabric hair ties.