When your hair gets damaged - be it as a result of heat styling, UV rays, chlorine or even leaving a little too much time between trims - there are a few things you should avoid doing to prevent the situation getting any worse. Check out the major no-nos below.
1/ Shampooing daily
Over-shampooing your hair can strip it of natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. As you can probably tell, already-damaged hair won't handle this too well. Instead, try to space out washes as far as you can, using dry shampoo to refresh your mane in-between. You should also ditch any shampoos and conditioners with harsh chemicals, opting for gentler, sulfate-free formulas.
2/ Using a lot of heat
Cutting back on heat styling is always a good idea, but it's essential when your tresses are recovering. The same goes for using super high temperatures. Most of the time, a low to medium heat is enough to get the job done, without further frazzling damaged locks. So, dial back the settings on your favorite tools: your hair will thank you for it.
3/ Not using heat protectants
Applying a thermal protectant is a compulsory part of any beauty routine that involves any kind of heat styling, but it's more important than ever when your strands aren't feeling 100%.
4/ Avoiding your stylist
Skipping trims gives any split ends more time to work their way up the hair shaft and thus increase the amount of damage. In the long run, this means losing more length than you'd probably like in order to curb the problem.
5/ Wearing tight updos
Updos and ponytails that pull the hair really tight can weaken the strands and contribute to more damage. This is particularly worrisome for anyone who tends to style their hair the same way on the regular - don't be afraid to mix it up!