11 Ways We All Ruin Our Hair

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Oh, what a difference great hair makes. From framing your face to enhancing your favorite
features, gorgeous locks have the power to change up your entire look. Still, with great hair comes great responsibility. Dyeing, cutting, hair spraying, blow-drying
… good hair takes work. But did you know many of the things we do
to achieve hair perfection are the very things that are ruining our hair in the process? That’s why we looked to the experts to find
out the everyday habits that are frying, frizzing and ultimately killing our healthy tresses. Skipping cuts If you’ve ever grown out your hair, then you
know how easy it can be to become attached to that extra-long mane. So attached, in fact, many of us skip out
on regular trims just to let our hair get a teensy bit longer. And while there’s nothing wrong with channeling
our inner Rapunzel, waiting too long between trims can actually be damaging those beautiful,
long locks. Jamielynn De Leon, owner of Rogue House Salon
in NYC, told The List, “Most of the time, people with long hair think
getting a haircut is not necessary… The truth is, yes, your hair grows from the
roots, but the ends of your hair is what is damaged and needs special attention.” De Leon goes on to explain that daily use
of shampoos that contain harsh sulfates and salts can strip the hair and cause split ends. Hair cuts, however, can help keep your hair
healthy and maintained. Hate hair cuts? Request a “hair dusting.” That’ll tackle those ends without taking off
too much length. De Leon also advises regular haircuts every
two to three months. Conditioner overload Silky soft strands are the Holy Grail of beautiful
hair. That’s why many of us love to lather up on
conditioner like it’s going out of style. The more conditioner, the softer the hair,
right? Not quite. De Leon finds that many of her clients misunderstand
the right way to condition their hair. She says, “You might think that you should put conditioner
on the scalp, but it should just be used for the ends of the hair.” De Leon also notes that like most shampoos,
daily conditioners often contain sulfates, which don’t preserve the hair but instead,
strip it. A hair mask is a much more effective solution,
full of the proper proteins and nutrients. She recommends applying it once or twice a
week, depending on how processed your hair is. Celebrity hairstylist, Vernon Francois, who’s
worked with stars like Tracee Ellis Ross, Lupita Nyong’o, and Ruth Negga, is a big fan
of moisturizing oils. He told The List, “Moroccan argan oil is one of my favorite
options because it’s easily absorbed by the hair, while being extremely hydrating.” Extend your knowledge A full head of luxurious extensions might
make you feel like J.Lo, but buyer beware. Underneath the surface, they might be doing
more harm than good. De Leon warns that the wrong extensions can
cause tears and balding. She’s an advocate for the tape in extensions
because they’re gentler on the hair. Your best bet is to do your research and find
a reputable hairdresser who specializes in extensions. This can help ensure you find the extensions
that work best for your particular hair type. The right brush While you can save a few extra bucks by sticking
to just any old drug store hair brush, this isn’t the best way to keep your locks healthy. In De Leon’s experience, ladies always go
for the brush with lots of bristles. But the type of bristles matters too. According to her, you want to look for a soft,
gentle bristle that can easily pull through your hair such as the Wet Brush, Teaser, or
Mason Pearson. De Leon says, “Using a comb is always the safest bet, but
make sure you’re taking the right amount of sections before tearing that hair.” Let loose Braids and ponytails can be stylish time-savers,
especially on days when humidity isn’t on our side. But beware of too-tight hairstyles, no matter
how sleek they look. Dani Everson, owner and lead stylist at Clementine’s
Salon in Denver, Colorado, is all about letting your hair breathe. She says, “Pulling hair in ponytails can damage your
front hairline if it’s too tight…Opt for a looser lower ponytail toward the nape of
the neck.” The same goes for too-tight braids. Keep ’em loose and free. You know, the carefree, hippie chick look. Rubber bands and elastics can also break the
hair. Everson suggests something softer. Scrunchies or ribbons are both fun options
that won’t damage your locks. Besides, the ’80s are so back. Dry shampoo addiction Just like throwing your hair up in a ponytail,
dry shampoo can be a great option when you’re in a pinch. And while a quick post-gym spray before happy
hour is perfectly harmless, you don’t want to over-do the quick spritz fix. NYC dermatologist Dhaval G. Bhanusali, MD,
is actually seeing patients lose hair from this all-too-frequent habit. He told us, “By doing this, you allow for a build-up on
the hair shaft that can weigh down the hair, and cause increased inflammation. This can lead to increased susceptibility
to damage as well.” Dr. Bhanusali recommends one to two dry shampoo
uses per week. Tangled mess Many of us resort to detangling our hair in
the shower. Seems to make sense, right? Wrong. While the wet comb-through can save time — and
pain — this hair hack could be causing some serious damage. De Leon explains that, “Wet hair is much more vulnerable and susceptible
to breakage.” She recommends letting your hair dry before
combing. Start at the ends and work your way up towards
the roots. And if you absolutely must comb wet hair,
she says make sure to do it with a wide-toothed comb. Smoke signals Ever heard of the wet-to-dry iron? That’s flat ironing your damp hair till it
dries. And the best part is, it dries nice and straight. Too good to be true? Yup. That sizzling your hair makes when it’s clamped
under a flat iron and it’s still damp is a big no-no. Brooke Richardson, owner of East Edge Salon
in Portland, Maine, told The List, “This is burning your hair dry, causing hair
to be brittle.” It’s definitely better to let your hair fully
dry before attempting to straighten, even if it does take a bit of extra time. It’s hot in here Similarly, it can be easy to want to pull
out the flat iron any time we wake up with a head full of frizz. But Richardson explains that ironing frizzy
hair is actually counterproductive. She says, “[Ironing] is not making your hair look less
frizzy or damaged…It is burning damaged pieces off which is causing more breakage.” The same goes for blow-drying your hair with
too much heat. Sean Donaldson, who’s styled the likes of
Kate Winslet, Kate Upton, and Whitney Port, told The List, “Over-heating the hair with a blow-dryer to
achieve a smoother or wavier look is a falsity. The higher heat intensity only breaks and
fries the hair. Using a lower temperature will not only protect
the hair but you’ll get the same results.” Scarespray Hairspray is one of those go-to hair solutions
most of us don’t think twice about. Pulling your hair back? Add some hairspray. Just finished a good blow dry for a night
out? Spritz it up! It seems harmless enough, but according to
Richardson, it can also cause our hair to become dull and damaged. To say she isn’t a fan is an understatement. She says, “Hair spray is one of the best things to take
stains out of clothes, and yet we put it in our hair!” Yikes! Think about that the next time you want to
pull off that Brigitte Bardot bouffant. Do or dye? Dyeing your hair at home seems like a good
idea — it’s cheaper, more convenient and takes way less time than a trip to the salon. But if you’re committed to healthy hair, Robertson
suggests leaving this practice to the pros. She says, “Box color is bad because it’s formulated
for all hair types, which means it has the highest volume developer.” With an experienced hair stylist, you’ll not
only get access to salon quality products, you’ll make sure the right formula for your
hair type ends up on your scalp, and you’ll also be sure it’s applied properly. Sounds like a win-win. Thanks for watching! Click The List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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  1. Hair cuts keep hair dressers in business but why should anyone believe that urban legend that it’s needed for good hair health ?

  2. Too bad I have to color my hair. I have natural dark brown hair. I guess if I didn't have grey hair i wouldn't be coloring it. I started getting grey hair in my 20's and then got more in my 30's. It's all in the front and a little hear and there in the back of my hair.

  3. why do people go to get a hair cut at a hair dressers when you can do it yourself, you know what you want and it’s free

  4. BEFORE YOU WATCH, if you have curly hair watch: 3:28 – 4:10 4:48 – 6:33

    none of these are helpful for curly hair but im sure are great for straight hair.
    you dont brush it
    you dont wash it every single day
    you dont get extensions [unless you want ruined curls]
    you already have a very healthy organized wash routine [most likely]

  5. The first is a lie. I haven't cut my hair in years and it's very healthy. Also I don't use conditioners often and I wash my hair at most twice a month. I don't use dry shampoo either. Also some people can only comb their hair when it's wet. If I don't I end up with knots and tangles galore.

  6. where the no heat hair squad at ? i never use heat on my hair i just let it air dry lol and i have no need to curl it.

  7. I never understood the concept of "dry shampoo." I tried it once after one of my friends suggested it and I did NOT feel like it got my hair clean at all. It made my hair feel very weighed down and heavy and I hate having all of that residue in my hair. I'm very active and am a runner, so I need an actual wet shampoo that will get me clean! Plus, I am absolutely in love with the new Aveeno apple cider vinegar sulfate-free shampoo!

  8. Skip hairspray. Use some aloe gel to smooth hair when putting it up, or after straightening to remove any flyaways from the sleek look.

  9. literally all i do for my hair is wash it 3 times a week so it doesn’t have to much product in it, then put it in french braids and naturally dry it like that over night, take it out in the morning and you don’t have to brush it, or work with it and it’s so pretty !

  10. Me: Takes notes
    My mom: What you doin
    Me: Plotting to do all these things so when I get a trim I'll have alot cut off

  11. "Cut it every 2-3 months"

    First of all, my hair doesn't grow THAT long to the point where it needs a haircut often
    Second, can't you just treat your hair? Like, with healthy products?

  12. I don’t use heat on my hair, I cut it very frequently, use little conditioner on my ends, and my goal isn’t to be as nice to my hair as possible I just want as little work as possible 😂

  13. I don't do any of these things. I take good care of my hair but it doesn't care and looks terrible anyway, it hates me 😭

  14. For a long time I’ve been putting my hair in high pointy tails but then I noticed my hairline had been hurting and one part of my hair had been thinning and I could see my head. Now I usually braid my hair in two braids and I’ll be waiting for my hair to grow back on that little patch.

  15. Tips for healthy hair.

    Don't wash your hair everyday. Every 3 days at the least. I personally wash mine every 6 days but it depends how badly your hair needs washing. If you can't go a day without washing your hair try gradually going longer without washing. Your hair will eventually get used to it.
    Sleep on a satin/silk pillow.
    Don't use any products with Sulfates or silicones in.
    Be aware of any alcohol in your products. Certain alcohols dry out the hair. Look up fatty alcohols. These are the ones that are good for it and fine to go in your hair.
    Don't brush your hair when it's wet.
    Use a deep conditioner or hair mask at least once a week and leave it in your hair for 30mins
    Don't dry your hair with a towel. Use a cotton t shirt or a microfibre towel
    Use oils on your scalp to stop it from being dry and flakey and it will promote hair growth and healthier hair since the scalp is the soil for your hair.
    Drink lots of water. You wouldn't water your plants with juice and fizzy drinks. Don't do it to your hair.
    Get regular trims.
    Only wash your roots with shampoo. No need to do the ends. The shampoo suds will run down into your ends anyway.
    Use a clarifying shampoo at least once a month to get rid of air pollution and product build up in your hair.
    Don't use heat at all. Not even blow dryers. Let it air dry.
    When your hair is wet and you're waiting it for it to dry don't touch it. It will make your hair frizzier. If you've got curly or wavy hair don't brush it dry either. This causes frizz too.
    Use warm water when washing your hair and cold water when your rinsing everything out at the end.

    Hope this helps. Doing these things over a period of time will drastically improve your hair I promise.

  16. I don’t know if this works on curly or kinky hair but I have straight hair and once a week my mom pours vinegar on my hair in the shower and it makes it sooo soft!

  17. I knew all these ways and why we shouldn’t do them from before.
    I have only straightened and curled my hair once in my life, hardly ever use the blow dryer and never brush wet hair. I also don’t sleep with wet hair and never use conditioner on my scalp.
    Although I am guilty of one thing, I don’t get trims very often because I love my long hair and even the smallest cuts make me cry😞🤣
    Also, should oil hair atleast once or twice a week because it helps in rapid growth and also keeps hair healthy!
    Beautiful healthy hair is what makes every woman attractive! Protect your locks people!💇🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️

  18. good video! I don’t really do any of these things because I know a bit about hair, but it was still enjoyable. One thing that I know (it doesn’t damage hair) is that going to bed with wet hair can give it a greasy look the next day. And plus, sleeping on a wet pillow isn’t ideal. So if you have greasy hair from sleeping on it wet, do not wash it! wait for your next scheduled time to wash your hair (if you have one) or just wait until it started getting actually greasy. hope this helps 🙂

  19. I agree with everything here except for the dying your hair. I have a lot of grey hair on my black locks. Salon trips are expensive and stupid as even they don't know what's gonna suit my hair. They only have so many brands of hair color to use. It's better that I buy the original and a much superior hair color and apply it myself. I am currently using BBlunt (India) and find my hair to be just as shiny and have much lesser hair fall.

  20. I cut my hair twice a year and it's almost 3 feet long and softer than a cats tummy. Miss me with that overly expensive haircut.

  21. I can't wear my hair in tight styles because it hurts my scalp (I'm very tender headed), I use a brush iron on my hair after I give it time to dry, and I haven't dyed my hair since I was in 5th grade. I've kept it my natural hair color all these years.

  22. Last time I dyed my hair for almost $400 at the hairdressers and the supposedly permanent color lasted only 1 month.

  23. I love haircuts. 😂😂 my hair is chin length and I’ve never been afraid of short hair. I wonder if I’m afraid of long hair and the trouble maintaining it?

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