Hair is fragile, and it’s very easy to forget that. We spend a ton of time styling it, dying it, and fixing it up, that we tend to forget how sensitive it can get. And once our hair has finally started to give up and lose its former glory, do we start to notice that maybe we should have been paying more attention to keeping it healthy alongside making it look good. It’s very easy to damage hair, especially in its most fragile state, which is when it is wet. You would be surprised how many things we do that unintentional damage our hair over time. So, to save our beautiful locks from further damage, we want to share with you some common wet hair mistakes that you should avoid.
Hair is fragile, and it’s very easy to forget that
The short answer is yes. Wet hair is much weaker than when it is dry. When hair is wet it is way more susceptible to breakage and damage from pretty much anything – pulling it, heating it, roughly handling it and so on. This is because hair is made up largely from proteins that are called keratin. And when you get your hair wet, these proteins form a weaker bond than when it is dry. This causes it to be weaker. So, doing damage to wet hair will be permanent.
Wet hair is much weaker than when it is dry
Common Wet Hair Mistakes
Our hair is a real mystery. There are so many things we need to take into account when taking care of it. You need to know when to cut it, which hair care tips are myths and which are facts, what types of masks you need to use, what hairstyles to get depending on your hair type and so on. Taking care of your hair is no easy task, and you can easily make mistakes that can damage it. Especially, when you don’t know that they are mistakes. That’s why today we will pay attention to some unintentional mistakes you may be making while your hair is wet.
Taking care of your hair is no easy task
While we are in no means saying you need to buy a hair dryer worth thousands, it’s a good idea to invest in better technology. Newer and more professional hair dryers have more options when it comes to heat control, as well as drying strength and many have a special ionic technology that gives an extra layer of protection to your hair. So, yes – investing in a good hair dryer is a must, especially is you use it often.
It’s a good idea to invest in better technology
#Brushing While Wet
Yikes! Do not brush your hair while it is wet! Pulling and detangling hair while it’s wet will only cause it to stretch and break. And once a hair strand is stretched, it doesn’t snap back, it just becomes thinner and even more fragile when dry. Instead, stylists suggest brushing your hair before hopping in the shower while it’s still dry to get any knots out. It’s only recommended for people with curly hair to brush their hair while wet, and that still includes doing it with a special kind of brush.
Do not brush your hair while it is wet
#Sleeping With Wet Hair
We’ve all been there. You get home late, shower and once you get out you decide to lay down “for just a second”. However, that second turns into falling a sleep real quickly and if you haven’t dried your hair prior to that you are in for a lot of damage. Even if you have the most obedient hair ever, you are more than likely to wake up to a ton of knots that you’ll have to brush out. This will definitely cause breakage. So, make sure to dry it before getting that beauty sleep.
You are more than likely to wake up to a ton of knots
#Using Hot Tools
No matter how much of a hurry you are to get ready, there is no excuse to use hot tools on wet hair. While it may be tempting to curl or straighten your hair right after the shower, this is a recipe for disaster. Why? You are going to boil your hair and over time kill any life in it, leaving it dull and broken. Use hot tools only on dry hair!
There is no excuse to use hot tools on wet hair
#Putting It In a Bun
While it may be tempting and convenient to put your hair up in a bun or a ponytail until you can dry it, this will cause a ton of damage. When your hair is wet, its elasticity is to its max, so when it is pulled back it’s more prone to breakage. If you reallllyyyy need to pull it back, it’s best to use a hair clip.
Putting your hair up in a bun or a ponytail while wet will cause a ton of damage
These were the most common wet hair mistakes you should avoid. We hope you found this article useful. Now that you know all the unintentional ways you are damaging your hair, you can easily avoid doing them.
These were the most common wet hair mistakes you should avoid