10 Ways You Don’t Realize You’re Damaging Your Hair
9.SETTING THE HEAT TOO HIGH
Excess heat strips hair of its natural moisture, causing your cuticles to dry and snap off — leading to some thirsty-looking strands. That’s why we’re told not to turn the heat all the way up on our styling tools, but how do you know how hot is too hot? To start, don’t turn the dial above “medium.” Phillips also suggests holding a blow dryer up to the back of your hand. If your skin feels comfortable, you’ve found a good setting. If you have seriously stubborn hair and need to use extra heat, always make sure you’re using a heat protectant. And as rule of thumb, the less heat the better, so try to style your hair when it’s as dry as possible — don’t blow dry when it’s dripping wet, instead wait until it’s damp.
10. YOU USE TOO MANY STYLING PRODUCTS
You only need three products, Abramite says: a protectant, a styling product (like a mousse for volume or an anti-frizz cream for sleekness), and a finishing product (like hair or texture spray). Use cremes and oils sparingly, Wasser says, and only apply to the mid-shaft through ends—a little goes a long way.