10 Ways You Don’t Realize You’re Damaging Your Hair
3.KEEPING THE SAME SHAMPOO FOR CHANGING HAIR
4. YOU NEVER USE A DEEP CONDITIONER
It may sound like an unnecessary step, but the pros we spoke with all recommend using a deep conditioner—especially if your hair is dry, damaged, or split from coloring or heat styling, Abramite says. Use a treatment, like Joico’s K-PAK Reconstructor , at least once per week, Norton says. “Get in the habit of pampering your hair, and you’ll notice it behaves and looks better.”
It’s a non-negotiable if you color or process your hair, Hills says. “Use a deep conditioner the week leading up to and after any chemical process—it’ll help prepare your hair for battle, seal the hair cuticle, and prevent breakage.” And contrary to what many people with thin or fine hair fear, the right mask will not weigh your hair down, says Hills, who recommends BLNDN’s Repair You mask .
5. YOU’VE BEEN USING THE SAME SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER SINCE HIGH SCHOOL
Wasser likens your hair-washing routine to your workout: “By spin class 2,567, your body’s pretty used to it,” she says. Similarly, your hair gets used to shampoo and conditioner—and then the products start to leave behind a residue. If you’re loyal to one routine, she suggests using Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo once every month or so to give your hair a clean slate.
If you’re more non-committal, keep a few different formulas in the shower to use depending on how your hair feels, Wasser suggests. Feeling dry? Work in a deep conditioner. If it’s feeling limp, use a lighter formula. Frizzier than usual? Use a moisturizing one. “You know your hair—listen to what it needs,” she says.