As someone that’s been involved with hair for the past 20 years, I often forget that not everyone has the same knowledge I do when it comes to taking care of your hair. Upon talking to guests within my salons, I realized that people are making avoidable mistakes that can be damaging to your hair—but (luckily) are super easy to fix. Here are some common hair care mistakes to stop making, and things you should start doing to save your hair.
Stop: towel drying your hair.
As a kid, I used to love wrapping a towel around my hair, but now I know how to treat my strands better. Wet hair is particularly susceptible to damage, and towel drying your hair can cause breakage.
Start: using a t-shirt or microfiber towel.
A microfiber (or cotton t-shirt) will absorb excess water, reduce frizz, and help prevent breakage. And using a microfiber towel can actually make your hair easier to style! Just make sure to blot, not rub your hair to absorb moisture.
Stop: washing your hair so frequently.
Don’t get me wrong—everyone should be washing their hair. But washing your hair too frequently can strip your scalp of its natural oils and make it dry, which can cause even more issues.
Start: washing according to your hair needs.
There is no magic number when it comes to washing your hair. So, I recommend using trial and error to find the right amount of days in between washes. Start washing your hair every two days, then see how many days you can stretch in between washes to find the perfect number for you hair.
Stop: waiting forever to get a haircut.
When you don’t trim your hair, you’re left with damaged ends, which can cause breakage and make your hair look shorter, since it’s thinner at the bottom.
Start: getting regular haircuts.
Just do it, schedule regular trims! Cut just a quarter inch, about every eight to twelve weeks (especially if your locks are prone to damage) for fuller, healthier hair.
Stop: skipping your hair mask
Our Refuge Crème Masks help protect your hair from daily stressors (like heat used in styling and UV rays) that cause damage to your hair. When you skip your mask, or fail to use one regularly, you are leaving your hair prone to damage—which can lead to more and more bad hair days.
Start: Treating with a Refuge Hair Care routine (which includes a concentrated Clay Shampoo, Crème Mask, and Conditioning Balm)
Find you’re ideal Refuge Hair Care Routine and stick to it. Indulging in our 3-Step Hair Care System only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish, and will help you achieve your hair goals. Plus, it’s always nice to take a little extra self care time to indulge in yourself!