Hair. It's currently the bane of my life. Since becoming a mum it's one of my lowest priorities and I usually just chuck it in a mum-bun each morning and I'm done with it. That causes a big problem though. My hair is breast length and though the strands are thin, there's lots of them, so it gets really tangled and matted. As I'm quite lazy and just chuck it up in a bun, usually without brushing, it becomes such a tangle I have to get my husband to brush it out once a week or so! Needless to say, I've booked a hairdressers appointment this weekend and I'm going to have around 5 inches chopped off. I did this last year, but can't believe it was last July! It feels like only a couple of months ago I had my locks chopped and I keep wondering why it's grown so quickly. It's actually because it was 7 months ago Victoria. Doh. Pre-kids I'd spend ages washing, drying, straightening my hair every morning. Now I just don't have the time.
I do have lots of tips for those who have the time to take care of their hair and I promise I'll follow my own advice once the littles are a bit older and I have more time to myself!
We all want to have long, luscious styled locks. We all want to be the person that our friends have serious hair envy over. However, if you are constantly fighting a battle with your hair because you feel it looks dull or dry, then it could be because you are making a critical mistake in your hair care routine. So, let’s take a look at some of the common hair mistakes that you need to stop making.
Failing to buy hair products based on your hair type
A lot of people make the mistake of buying hair products and hair treatments with little consideration for the type of hair they have. Shopping aimlessly is never a good idea when it comes to your hair. You need to understand the type of hair you have, and you need to understand what your hair needs.
Jumping from hairdresser to hairdresser
Yes, it is advisable to switch hairdresser if you are not happy with your current one. However, once you have found a good hair stylist, stick with her. Cheating on your stylist is definitely bad for your hair. Once you find a good hairdresser, you develop a relationship with them. They get to know you and what you like, and they get to know your hair. We have all had that horrible experience whereby the hairdresser chops off way more hair than we expected. Such occurrences don’t tend to happen when you stick to the same hairdresser.
Wearing your hair in a ponytail all of the time
Are you addicted to ponytails? It’s not hard to see why. After you have had a long day at work, it can be very tempting to put your hair in a ponytail and ensure it is out of your face. However, hair ties are not your friends. Remember this! You need to have a break from them, as they can cause serious breakages, which then results in frizz and flyaways. Why not make the switch to using hair clips instead?
Applying products to your roots
Of course, this is not a mistake all of the time. There are some occasions whereby products are designed to be applied to your roots, for example, volumizing mousse or spray, or root lifter. However, if you are using serums, creams, and oils, you should focus them on the ends of your hair.
Getting into a swimming pool with dry hair
Are you someone who goes swimming regularly? If so, do you always wet your hair before you go into the pool? If not, you are making a big mistake. When your hair is bone dry, it soaks up much more water than it would have if it had already been dampened. It’s just like a sponge! This means that your hair is going to be soaking up much more of the pool chemicals if you do not wet it before you get into the pool.
Washing your hair too often
This is a mistake that a lot of women make. It is easy to assume that your hair needs to be washed on a daily basis, just like your body does. However, your hair is different. If you wash your hair each and every day, you will be doing it more harm than good, as you are going to be stripping it of the essential oils that it requires to be healthy.
Using the wrong brush
Last but not least, your choice of brush is vital. You need to select the right barrel size and the right brush style based on your hair. The bigger the brush, the straighter the hair, the smaller the barrel, the more body and curl you will achieve.
If you can avoid the hair mistakes that have been discussed in detail in this blog post, then you can get yourself well on your way to achieving beautiful, enviable hair. Remember, be patient! Your hair is something that needs a lot of nourishment and a lot of TLC. If you have made some hair blunders, it’s going to take a bit of time to put it right, but you will definitely get there in the end.