Leave it to the professionals
Drop the kitchen scissors and step away from the boxed dye. We all want beautiful, strong, and healthy hair, but many of us are a little guilty of taking matters into our own hands when it comes to hair. Hairstylists are professionals for a reason, so it’s typically best to leave the big changes to them – but when it comes to caring for our hair every day, there are some things you may be doing incorrectly without even knowing it.
Wearing tight hairstyles every day
If you prefer going for the sleek look and like to pull back your hair into a tight bun or ponytail every day, you are adding stress to your scalp which will ultimately cause thinning. “To get a sleek look overnight without pulling your hair tight, spray your hair with a little water, brush it, and tie it down with a scarf,” suggests cosmetologist Ghanima Abdullah. “For more sheen and hold, smooth in a few drops of natural oil after spraying the water. Then you can make your ponytail a little looser in the morning, but still have it sleek.”
Using clarifying shampoo as regular shampoo
“Clarifying shampoos strip the hair of build-up, and that’s great – once in a while,” says Abdullah. “Even if you have really oily hair, clarifying shampoo is not meant to be used every time you wash.” The shampoo will successfully remove the oil from your hair, but eventually, this will cause an imbalance to your scalp. If your scalp is lacking oil, it will naturally want to produce more, so if you are continually stripping the oils from your head, you may end up with even more oil than you started with. Abdullah recommends trying a dry shampoo to refresh your hair between washes.