Restore your hair to its crowning glory by making sure you know how to avoid these common hair mistakes…

If your hair is looking less like your crowning glory and more like a nest, chances are you’re making one (or more) of these common hair mistakes.

The good news is that they’re completely fixable and avoidable, and your hair should be looking as good as new in no time at all!

You’re not using the right shampoo and conditioner

If your skin is oily, you choose products made for oily skin right? Well, you also need to choose the right type of shampoo and conditioner for your hair. Use products that are made for colour-treated hair if you colour your hair, as this will prolong the life of your colour while adding back some moisture. If you have dry, damaged hair or an itchy scalp, opt for products that are sulphate free with added moisturiser.

The type of shampoo and conditioner you use can make a huge difference to your hair, so if you’re not happy with how it’s looking, switch it up.

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You wash your hair every day

As in every. Single. Day. And yes, you might say that your hair gets really oily if you don’t wash it daily, but your hair is doing this BECAUSE you wash it every day.

You see, washing your hair too often strips it of the natural oils your body produces that keep it good and healthy. Start by pushing wash day to every second day, using trusty dry shampoo between washes to begin with – your hair will look and feel healthier without you having to do anything!

Read more: 6 things you need to stop doing when you wash your hair 

Your styling tools are too hot

If you’ve set your hairdryer and other styling tools to the hottest setting, you’re just asking for trouble. While we know that not all hair straighteners or curling irons have a heat setting option (the newer products generally do), your hairdryer certainly does, and we promise the medium setting will do the job just fine.

Regular super-hot heat on your hair is damaging and dehydrating, so be sure to turn the heat down! It might take you longer to style your hair, but it will look and feel better.

Your hair colour doesn’t suit your skin tone

You see your favourite celeb sporting a gorgeous new ‘do and you simply love the colour. You screengrab the image, book a hair appointment and show the image to your stylist, who warns you against the colour. However, you know better (it is your hair after all), and insist on recreating the look.

Sound familiar? The truth is, not every hue suits everybody, and a hair colour can very quickly wash you out, make you look more red, or even make you look ill. Rather take the picture you love, and ask your stylist how they can make it work for you.

Read more: How to find the right hair colour for your skin tone 

You always have your hair up

We get it, life is seriously busy, and the fact that you managed to get out the door with a whole outfit on is miraculous in itself, so you can’t be faulted for defaulting to throwing your hair into a poinytail or bun. The only problem is that those hair elastics damage your hair, breaking it where the elastic is and even pulling back your hairline. Give your hair a break every now and then, and make sure you don’t tie those bands too tight.

And whatever you do, never, ever use hair ties with metal parts. They snag and break your hair like nobody’s business.

You cut your own hair

No! Just, no! We know time is often of the essence and haircuts add up in the financial department, but there really is no excuse for this one. Unless you’re professionally trained, the chances of your style looking decent and actually suiting you are below minimal, so treat yourself to a haircut regularly – you deserve it!