Hair Tips: 5 Common Hair Mistakes You Probably Make Everyday

May 28, 2014

Raise your hand if you’ve ever used a rubber band to tie up your hair. Put your head down on your desk if you’ve ever used a hot styling tool on your hair while it was still wet.

Just kidding. We’re not in class. However, you have come to the school of “hard-locks.” We aim to educate you on the dos and don’ts of caring for your hair… AND your weave. Take note of these common hair care mistakes you really need to avoid.

5 Common Hair Mistakes to Avoid, Even with Your Hair Extensions

Unhealthy hair habits can be costly to your mane. So, let’s go over five common hair mistakes so you can do right by your “do”:

Schrunchies are Better than Rubberbands, One of the Biggest Common Hair Mistakes

Scrunchies are just one fabric covered product you can use to tie up your hair. Image Source: Audrey Dao

1) Using Rubber Bands

This is one of the most common hair mistakes around. Rubber bands are see easy to come by when you’re in a rush to tie your hair back. They’re on newspapers. They hold stacks of money together. You can even find them holding packs of food together.

However, rubber bands are extremely harsh on natural hair. The hair gets tangled around the rubber band, which rips and pulls on the hair. You need to use hair ties that are covered with fabric instead. That way, when it’s time to slide them off, they’ll come off with less damage to your hair.

2) Using Heat on Wet Hair

This is a real, big no-no. Oftentimes, even though women know better, they’ll do it anyway, especially with hair extensions. But, the bottom line is that your hair extensions are made of natural, virgin hair. So, they require the same care as your own hair to keep them looking lively and fresh.

To avoid burning your hair, and drying it out, make sure it’s dry before using heated styling tools. Take the time to blow dry it thoroughly before using flat-irons, curling irons, pressing combs, curling wands, and the likes.

Not Drying before Styling with Heat is One of Most Common Hair Mistakes

Be sure your hair is completely dry before styling with heated hair appliances.

3) Towel-Drying Your Wet Hair Roughly

You’re not acting in a movie scene. So, there’s no need to be overly dramatic when using a towel to dry your hair. You hair is very delicate when wet. It breaks easily because that’s when it’s at its most vulnerable point. Towels create extra friction, pulling and tugging at the fragile hairs.

The right way to towel dry your hair is to:

  • Dab your hair with the towel
  • Give it a few minutes to drip-dry
  • Apply pre-drying hair care products
  • Blow-dry it or let it dry naturally

4) De-tangling Your Hair Aggressively

We all know the refreshing, free feeling that comes right after taking out your weave. You just want to brush your hair out of your face, and put it in a ponytail. But, you need to comb it out first.

The easiest way to do this without pulling out your natural hair is to add some conditioner to it. Let it sit for a while. Then, gently comb it out using a wide-toothed comb, starting from the ends, moving up to the scalp.

Cutting Your Own Hair is One of Many Common Hair Mistakes

Cutting your own weave can be very tricky, especially if it’s 18 inches long, like this one. Image Source: Wikipedia Commons

5) DIY Haircuts

Thanks to YouTube videos, everyone thinks they can cut their own hair nowadays. If you’re a professional hairstylist, or think you can cut like one, go for it! Here are hair care tips for cutting your own hair:

  • Cut vertically… not horizontally
  • Use scissors as opposed to a blade, to minimize damage

Feature Image: Natural Hair Style for All Hair Types, Including Virgin Hair Extensions. Image Source: Wikipedia Commons

Share Your Hair Stories with Us

Check out this video, “How to Care for Your Hair Weave” for more weave care tips and common hair mistakes.

Have you made some hair mistakes that turned into horror stories? Share them with our audience below. We’d love to hear from you.

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