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1. Shampooing your hair too often

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Many people will shampoo their hair everyday due to them thinking their hair gets too greasy or dirty for it to not be washed each day. However, you should not shampoo everyday because your hair actually needs the oils that will get washed away. Instead, you should aim to washing it once a week. To avoid having greasy hair and having to wash your hair too much, avoid playing with your hair and using a dirty hair brush.

2. Assuming that the more expensive the shampoo is, the better

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Many make the mistake of buying expensive shampoos, thinking that they will work better than the cheaper ones. However, this is not the case, instead the rule you should follow is – if it’s store-bought it’s bad, if it’s bought from a salon it’s great. You’ve also got to remember that even if you spend loads of money on a shampoo or you’ve bought it from a salon, the product just might not work for your hair type!

3. Shampooing your ends

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You do not need to shampoo the ends of your hair, in fact this will only create more excess damage to your hair. Instead, focus on where the oil and dirt will be building up the most, which is on your scalp and roots. Along with this, remember you also don’t need to use conditioner on your roots because it’s relatively new hair that won’t need anymore moisture adding to it.

4. Towel drying your hair incorrectly

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The main mistake you can make whilst towel-drying your hair is doing it with aggression. You need to remember that when your hair is wet it is in a weakened state. Therefore, instead of roughly shaking your hair around within the towel, you should use a microfiber towel and pat your hair dry. Another issue with aggressively towel drying your hair is that it makes the hair more knotted, which means you are then forced to comb through it, pulling out more hairs.

5. Combing through your hair without protection

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You should never comb your wet hair without using protection. The more damaged your hair is, the more prone it is to getting tangled, but then the more you have to comb through your hair, the more damaged your hair will get. To avoid this, use a detangler or leave-in conditioner to help loosen those tangles.

6. Detangling your hair incorrectly

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When trying to detangle hair, most people will start right where the knot is and start to comb their hair out down from that tangle. However, this pulls on the hair and makes it extremely uncomfortable. Instead, trying working he brush up from the bottom of the hair. Not only is this much more effective, but its a much easier method on your hair.

7. Thinking less damaging means no damage

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Just because one of your hot tools says that it’s got magic technology that makes it less damaging, does not mean it’s good for your hair either. Every hot tool is bad for your hair in some way. Therefore, learn how to use these tools in an effective way to avoid more damage. Like using a heat protectant, to provide your hair with an extra layer of protection.

8. Using a blow-dryer incorrectly

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Focus on where the blow-drier heat is actually impacting your hair. The correct way to use a blow-drier is to point it down and direct the airflow down the hair shaft from the roots towards the end. Do not blow the heat directly face onto the hair, instead make the air flow blow long with the hair, this is much less damaging as the heat doesn’t directly touch it.

9. Using the wrong hair ties

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Pulling your hair back into a ponytail is not a problem, however how tight you do it or the product you use can be a problem. Using a tiny rubber band or little hair holders are absolutely terrible for your hair because of the intensity it uses to grab your hair up. For example, you know if you’ve used a bad hair tie when you’ve taken your hair out from being tied up and there’s all your hair wrapped around it from being pulled out. Instead, use something with a larger surface area like a scrunchie.

10. Not paying attention to friction

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Nobody ever talks about paying attention to your hair friction, however it is one of the most important rules regarding hair health. For example, if you are sat in a chair and your hair is rubbing against it, then every time you move your head, your dragging the hair around this uneven surface, which is further damaging the most damaged part of your hair – the ends.