We’re all in search of luscious locks and frizz-free hair, but sometimes we’re our own worst enemy and it’s our very own bad habits that damage our hair…

Find out which of the common mistakes you make on the regular, and how to combat them…

1. Having extra hot showers

We get that no one wants to have a cold shower, but hot water and your hair are not the best of combinations. The hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry, brittle and frizzy.

We’re not going to suggest you stop showering in warm water, but when it comes to washing and rinsing your hair, perhaps turn down the heat for a couple of seconds?

2. All those heat tools!

Speaking of hot, your hair dryer, straightener and curling iron might leave you with a fabulous style for the day, but they’re certainly not good for your hair in the long run.

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You need to invest in high quality products to minimise the damage they cause to your hair, and keep the heat setting lower rather than higher – even if this means styling takes a couple more minutes.

Never style your hair when it is wet: always blow dry it first as your heat tools will burn your hair, and always use a heat protection product – they really do work!

3. Washing your hair every day

Now, you may think that you need to wash your hair every day because it gets really greasy, but the truth is that your hair is probably getting super greasy because you wash it every day. The more regularly you wash your hair, the more you strip away those necessary natural oils, which means they work harder to replenish themselves, ultimately leading to oilier hair.

Start by stretching one more day between washes (dry shampoo, when used correctly, will be your best friend here), and slowly see if you can add one more day.

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4. Rubbing your hair dry with a towel

We’re all guilty of this one… getting out of the shower and immediately vigorously rubbing a towel over our wet hair before wrapping it up. Your wet hair is incredibly fragile (which is why you should only comb it with a wide toothed comb), so the friction from rubbing it and then tightly wrapping it will cause breakage and frizz. Rather dab your hair dry, and if you need to wrap it up, use a microfiber towel to do so.

5. Pulling your hair back

That tight ponytail, top knot and pretty bun look fabulous, but they give your hair a hard time. Pulling your hair back tightly literally pulls on your hair, and the pulling can actually lead to hair loss. Give your hair a break between those tight up styles to allow some recovery time.

6. Sweating the small stuff

We know that stress affects pretty much every aspect of our life, and even your hair can take a knock from it. Studies have shown that stress can cause hair loss, and we know you don’t want to end up with random bald patches from too much stress. We know life is hectic, but take a minute to exercise, do some breathing exercises or meditate, as these are just a few ways to bring down those stress levels.

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