When you know better, you do better. This year I've seen a lot of clients come in with some nasty habits that have prevented them from achieving their hair goals. My hope is that none of these hair habits resonate with you! But if they do, I'm here to help you break them and hopefully form some new ones in their place.
Fairy knots or single-strand knots (SSK) are the bane of many a curly girl's existence. Don't pull or rip them off though! The only way to get rid of these bad boys is through trimming them off. Ripping them puts unnecessary stress on your hair and leads to split ends. Protective styling and frequent conditioning helps cut down on SSKs from forming, but they are a natural by-product of having curly hair.
Using a flat iron to smooth your hair every day is a huge no-no. And using your flat iron at temperatures over 375 is definitely a fast way to cause heat damage, thin your hair, and for curly girls, lose your definition. Instead, invest in products to smooth your hair and control the frizz. If you have a hard time with reversion in between blowouts, keep the heat to a minimum and focus only on your roots. And always remember to use a heat protectant! L'Anza has an amazing Thermal Defense Spray that's great for protecting your hair while you get the blowout you want.
Stay away from DIY-ers and Youtube hair care...or at least take them with a grain of salt. The majority of women posting hair care blogs and YouTube tutorials are not professionals and are not educated to understand the science of hair. What they are doing to care for their hair may not even be good for them! Secondly, no two people have the same hair, so what works for them may not give you the same results. When in doubt, be sure to consult with your salon professional to determine the needs of your tresses.
Wearing ponytails frequently, having your hair pulled back away from your face or pinned up with bobby pins for several hours a day can be extremely damaging. One common problem I see in our new clients is that of thinning edges and mid-hair shaft breakage. And they never consider that its their favorite hairstyle that's doing the damage! If you must have your hair pulled back, try using a silk or satin scrunchie as it will help keep moisture in your hair unlike the cotton or rubber elastic alternatives. Putting your ponytail lower on your head (and not as tight!) could also help with this problem. And don't forget to explore other styling options, such as French braids, to help keep your hair away from your face but still looking stylish!
Stop using hard or alcohol-based gels in 2016! Gels such as Let's Jam are too thick and heavy; they dry your hair out and leave it super prone to breakage. Instead try an edge control gel, or silk serum to give you your desired look.