14 Hair Care Tips You Should Ignore

hair care tipsI was interested in this Total Beauty slide show I came across recently on 14 hair care rules that should be broken.

That’s mainly because I had just put together my post 50 Tips: How to Grow Your Hair Long (And Look Gorgeous!) and so of course, I had to check if they were saying I was giving out any bad advice.

Here are the 14 hair care tips to ignore according to the slide show and my take on each one.

Should You Ignore These Hair Care Tips?


Apply styling products before you blow dry

Breaking this “rule” means not applying products when your hair is sopping wet as it dilutes them and makes them less effective. If you have long hair blow dry a little first or leave it to dry a while. If you have short hair you’ll need to apply the products sooner to avoid applying to dry hair.

My 2 cents : Seems sensible to me. Most of the instructions on the products will tell you to towel dry first.


Always use conditioner after your shampoo

If your hair is dry or thick, apply conditioner after your shampoo but if you have very fine hair, the recommendation is to switch to conditioning first. Celebrity hair and scalp expert Philip B recommends “applying conditioner, warming hair with a blow dryer for five minutes to let it soak in, then shampooing to lift any excess product from your hair”

My 2 cents: Sounds like a great tip to try. I have recommended washing hair just with conditioner if you have dry hair, but I haven’t heard about the use of heat and conditioner on fine hair before washing.


Use Highlights For Natural-looking Hair

Highlights don’t look so natural if they start as stripes of light color right at the root. That is not the way hair goes naturally in the sun and it gives a strange zebra-effect. Instead, Kris Sorbie, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue says aim for a “seamless transition from darker roots to lighter ends” and make sure the stripes are not defined.

My 2 cents: I’ve only ever had highlights once in my light brown hair. They cost a bomb and I never liked them so never did it again. Thinking about it, the stripe effect was exactly what I didn’t like though I had low lights too so it was a little more natural. When the highlights grew out, they were very obvious though.


Brushing 100 Strokes a Day

Brushing your hair 100 times a day simply causes breakage. A little is good for distributing natural oils but don’t do more than necessary.

My 2 cents: I agree


Color Damages Your Hair

Because color in products today is loaded with conditioners, it does not damage hair provided you follow instructions to the letter. That is true even for color that bleaches hair provided you take care.

My 2 cents: I agree, coloring my hair seems to give it more body and shine, not less. I’m less sure about the effects of bleach because I haven’t tried that myself but it makes sense in many ways that products with bleaching agents have improved over the years too. Just don’t attack your hair with peroxide to go blond – choose a professional product.


Only Thick, Dry Hair Needs Deep Conditioning

Even fine hair benefits from deep conditioning once a week. Use a protein based conditioner rather than a moisturizing one to prevent hair going limp.

My 2 cents: Agreed


Use a Comb on Wet Hair

The slide show says:-

Brushes get a bad rap when it comes to detangling, but celebrity hairstylist Sherri Jessee says brushes are actually “much quicker and easier on the hair than wrangling through tangles with a comb.” The trick, she says, is to mist a leave-in conditioner or use a few drops of argan oil to coat the hair shaft and let your brush slide through easier.

My 2 cents: I’m wondering if this depends on the kind of hair you have. I would never, ever use a brush on my long straight hair. I can hear it breaking and protesting at the thought.


Switch up Your Shampoo

Sometimes a shampoo seems to work well on your hair for a time and then it stops being so effective. The truth is that it may be producing too many suds and drying out your hair or it may be leaving a coating on it. The solution is not to switch out your shampoo now and again but to change shampoos completely, as a good shampoo will neither dry nor coat your hair. If you prefer not to change shampoos, use a clarifying shampoo every few washes.

My 2 cents: I am one of those who likes to change my shampoo regularly between a few favorites to avoid any product build up. This works for me so I’m sticking to it ๐Ÿ™‚ On the other hand, I have tried shampoos for a few washes that I will never use again, not even occasionally, and for those very reasons that they left my hair either weighed down and coated with something or with dry fly-away ends.


Get a Trim Every Six Weeks

“You are just wasting money going in every six weeks to get a ‘trim,'” says celebrity hairstylist Joshua-Myles Ristaino (he styles Elizabeth Olsen’s hair). It may seem crazy, but “a beautiful haircut should last a minimum of three months. Period. If you are fussing with your hair just a few weeks after your cut, something is off,” says Ristaino.

My 2 cents: I think it depends on the cut and how precise your look is. If you have bangs you’ll definitely need them trimmed fairly frequently if you’re going to be able to see OK. Hair will grow about 3/4 inch in 6 weeks so double that and you are adding an inch and a half to the length. That is going to change a lot of cuts substantially. I have my hair trimmed every 10 weeks, which seems to work Ok while I grow it, but it may not work for all styles.


Blow Dry Your Hair From the Back to the Front

Most guides to blow drying your hair say to start at the bottom back section of your hair and work round to the front. But as the front part is what most people notice first, you should focus on that before the back, so that it doesn’t have a chance to frizz or dry out before you get round to blow drying it.

My 2 cents: This change to the rules seems to make sense. Now, how do I tell my hairdresser how to do her job better??? I think I’ll just leave it as she seems to manage even though she’s getting it wrong ๐Ÿ™‚


Don’t Use Conditioner On Greasy Hair

Don’t blame your conditioner for your oily hair says Umberto Savone, creator of the Umberto Beverly Hills hair care range

“The cure for greasy hair is to cleanse the oil and buildup that is clogging the pores of the scalp. Use a stimulating and exfoliating oil to remove build up [since oil attracts oil] and then shampoo with an exfoliating shampoo and lightly condition.”

My 2 cents: I advise using conditioner on the hair and not the scalp when you have oily hair on the basis that you should choose shampoo to suit your scalp and conditioner to suit your hair.


Always Comb Hair From The Ends Up

This is still true if you have long thick hair but hair is more likely to break this way if you have fine flyaway hair.

My 2 cents: I think it depends if your hair is tangled or not. I would definitely remove any tangles from the bottom up no matter what kind of hair you have.


Only Apply Conditioner to the Ends of the Hair

Applying conditioner only to the ends of your hair might help repair any damage there but it doesn’t help prevent damage in the hair nearer your scalp. Keep all your hair healthy by applying conditioner along the full length. To prevent making your hair go limp choose the right type of conditioner for your hair.

My 2 cents: My issue with this (at least as far as long hair goes) is that if your ends are dry and the hair nearer your scalp is more oily then you will have trouble finding the ideal conditioner. Perhaps the answer is to apply a light conditioner to all your hair and something richer to the ends.


Shampooing Every Day is Bad for Your Hair

Daily washing is OK if your hair and scalp need it, unless you choose a shampoo that is too harsh and dries out your hair.

My 2 cents: I agree, though the drier your hair (and the less polluted the atmosphere where you live) the less your hair needs washing.

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