4. Dry manipulation – If you are a natural lady with kinky hair; you are manipulating your hair when it is dry. No matter how you slice it, it’s better to manipulate natural hair damp to wet.
Water or a leave in moisturizing product will help by increasing your hair’s moisture content and thereby it’s elasticity. With the elasticity increased, your hair will stretch further before breaking which essentially means less breakage overall.
5. Heat misuse – You are using heated styling tools too much. If you love to flat iron, curl or blow-dry your hair daily or even weekly then I’m afraid long hair may not be in your destiny. Heated styling tools are ok to use on occasion but always on clean hair which has had a heat protectant applied.
If you are natural, overuse of heated tools leads to heat damage which will be evident when your curls loosen and don’t spring back after a wash.
If you are relaxed, the heat damage will present as hair that starts to get a lot of mid strand breakage due to loss of protein. The avoicance of direct heat is even more important for chemically treated hair.
6. Ingredient ignorance – You are not aware of the ingredients in your hair products. Mineral oil, silicones and other such ingredients need special precautions in order to use them successfully in your hair regimen.
If you are a newbie then stick to all natural brands that provide great care without any hidden nasties and as time goes on and your knowledge increases, you can opt to be more adventurous with your product choices.
7. Product junkie-ism – You are spending way too much time on the hair care forums, buying way too many products and hence over manipulating your hair as you try to work your way through the crate loads of products you have bought. Product Junkies please stand up!
While it’s understandably tempting to want to try everything that a random blogger or youtuber has said worked for them, stick to a small group of products that you already know work well on your hair. Once a product is finished then feel free to try something new while always having your staples to hand in case of a disaster.
Originally posted 2010-03-06 20:01:38.