You probably have a routine that you follow when you are getting ready for work in the morning or getting ready to go out on the weekends and that routine normally involves some form of hair styling. Did you know, however, that you could be making some mistakes with your styling that are either making it more difficult to style or just making your hair look less than stellar? Click to the noes to see the 5 most common hair styling mistakes. –– Kelly Rowe
Not rough drying or allowing your hair to air dry.
It is essential to rough dry your hair or let it air dry to 85% dry before you actually try to blow dry to style. Anything before that and you will end up scorching your hair and wearing yourself out from the amount of time it will take to get the hair dry. The real styling magic happens in that last little bit.
Cocktailing opposite products together.
An example would be, applying a volume producing product in your hair then going over it with a serum because you want smooth volume. They are opposite products and now you have rendered them both fairly ineffective. Opposite products must not be layered on each other. Keep them separate on the head or use them at different times.
Brushing through wet hair.
Hair is at its weakest when it is wet, so the worst thing you can do is take any old brush to it and try to tear through tangles. The chance of breakage goes up by at least ten fold leaving you with flyaways and frizz when your hair is dry. Always use a wide toothed comb or a detangling brush that is specifically meant for wet hair.
Using hot tools on hair that is not 100% dry.
This is one of the number one contributing factors in damage caused at home. If you use a curling iron or flat iron on hair that is not 100% dry you can actually boil the left over water in the hair can in turn melt or damage that strand. Make sure tresses are 110% dry. When you are finished blow-drying go through your hair with your hands, if anything feels cool it is not actually cool its wet. Everything should be warm to hot.
Not letting styles set before touching them.
Any kind of styling you do needs to completely set before you can brush through or touch it. Touching or moving the style before it has set can result in the whole look falling sooner than you wanted. Hair should be dry and completely cool before you go through with a brush or your hands to ensure the look lasts.
By Kelly Rowe. A Graduate of ARROJO Cosmetology School, Kelly is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributor to Style Noted.