Listen up, ladies! Here are seven haircare sins that may be cramping your style.

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If you’re struggling to get gorgeous long locks, certain bad hair habits may be standing in your way. Sure, you knew that frying your hair with a flatiron was a bad idea, but we bet you didn’t know that there’s also a right and wrong way to shampoo? (We certainly didn’t!) So, to help you get healthy hair in no time, we put together a list of seven haircare sins we all need to stop committing right now. Without further ado, we bring you the definitive list of haircare’s most dangerous don’ts.

Over/Under -shampooing

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as washing your hair too often. Over-shampooing can remove the natural oils in your hair, causing your scalp to become dry and itchy. On the other hand, washing your hair too infrequently can lead to overly oily hair and an increase in dandruff. Shampoo your hair when it begins to look oily. This may vary from person to person, but typically it means every two days or so.

Eating Unhealthy

Bad eating habits can lead to bad hair health. In fact, if your body isn’t getting enough nutrients, it can’t sustain hair growth.  A lack of iron, for instance, can even lead to hair loss. To achieve healthy hair, forget fad diets and pack your digestive system with protein, vitamins and minerals.

Styling Wet Hair

Despite being a very common mistake, styling your hair when wet is a massive no-no. Wet hair is weak hair, which makes it extremely vulnerable. Avoid brushing your hair when wet to prevent breakage and damage to the cuticle. Instead, blot your hair with a towel and let it air dry before styling.

Flat Iron Frying

This may be an obvious bad haircare habit, but it’s still worth mentioning. Straightening your hair with a flat iron is the fast route to achieving frizzy and brittle hair. Reduce the heat on your flat iron as well as the frequency with which you subject your hair to this harsh treatment.

Skipping The Trim

While it may be tempting to skip that trim, keeping regular appointments with your hair stylist is essential to keep your hair in tip-top shape.  Leaving your locks with split ends can cause breakage and simply looks unhealthy.

Skipping Sun Protection

Sun exposure isn’t just an issue for your skin. Intense sunlight and summer heat can cause color-treated hair to fade. Keep your color looking vibrant by covering up when the rays are at their worst.

Buying Bad Products

Buying the wrong haircare products can have unwanted consequences. If you have dry hair, for example, a moisture-drenching shampoo is required. Oily hair, on the other hand, should be treated with an oil-regulating product. A good quality clarifying shampoo, which removes chemicals and product build-up, is a sound investment for hair that has been color-treated.

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

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