8 Mistakes To Avoid When Giving Your Hair A Makeover At Home

Kanak Devnani , 24 Apr 2021

Let’s face it, no matter what kind of hair you might have when you attempt to take things into your own hands at home it can be a recipe for disaster. Unless you’re a trained professional it’s so easy for things to go wrong. While your favourite salon might be temporarily shut or your avoiding trips to them altogether. DIY-ing your haircare can be a messy business. There’s no telling what you can end up with, like a choppy even cut or brassy locks and not to mention the damage you could be inflicting to your hair. With that said we understand that in the ongoing pandemic many choose to do their tresses at home so here is a few cautionary haircare do and don’ts to assist you.

1. Ask your hairdresser for help

If you plan on doing anything major don’t be afraid to ask your hairdresser for advice. Reach out to your stylist or the asking for product recommendations and any tips or tricks to help best manage your locks until your next visit.

2. Use quality tools

It goes without saying that better quality hair tools will give you better results and less likely to cause damage. If you’re serious about styling and managing your hair at home, assess your tools and see what is in a dire need of an upgrade. Make sure you aren’t using any old ratty or broken brushes. A good brush is really important, and you need to make sure you’re using the right one for the style you’re going for. For example, a paddle brush is great for quick drying and smoothing hair whereas a round brush, which will add volume and body. Moreover, always make sure you’re using a good hair dryer with a nozzle. This helps direct the flow of air and heat better to help stop frizz, static, and flyaways

3. Avoid heated tools 

Using any kind of heated tools like your flat iron, curler or even blow dryer too often can add extra stress to the hair and cause damage. When you do use a styling tool always use a heat protectant and keep your heat styling to the minimum with the lowest setting if possible.

4. Do not cut your own hair

Remember when everyone was cutting their bangs to horrendous results? It might seem like a good idea at the time but trust us you’ll only end up with a botched dodgy fringe. Even if you think you can totally handle a trim after watching a YouTube video unless you’ve got the right tools and experience it’s going to an uneven choppy road. So please put those scissors down! If you absolutely have to, cut it dry and much less than you need to.

5. Do not colour or your own hair

Unfortunately, permanent dye or box dye when not done right can be very damaging and difficult to fix back at the salon- not to mention expensive. If your looking for a root touch up instead try using temporary colours like root cover-up concealers, in spray or powder forms. If you absolutely have first consulted with your stylist on the colour because box dyes work very differently and give unintended results compared to professional dyes.

6. Avoid crazy colours and do not bleach your hair 

Bleaching your hair or lightening it at home is a huge risk. It takes a lot of in-depth knowledge and expertise to get right. If any step in from start to finish goes wrong not only will you have cringe-worthy orange or yellow hair colour but permanently damage the strands! This can cause major hair breakage, thinning and mess up the texture of your hair. 

7. Strictly follow product instructions 

This may sound silly and obvious but too many mistakes happened when you don’t follow the product directions. With so many at-home treatments available everyone wants to get the best salon-like results. However, these products can be quite strong and if you don’t follow them. properly you risk drying your hair out further and not reaping the full benefits of what it was formulated to do.

8. Soothe your scalp and tresses

Often people tend to neglect their hair if they are just sitting at home. But you need to take this opportunity to reclaim the health of your natural hair. Avoid washing your hair too much as it can strip the natural oils that our scalp needs to help lock in the moisture and protect our hair follicles Also stay away from lavish treatments, excess heat and colouring. Instead, pamper your hair and scalp with nourishing hair masks and oils.

How do you like to manage your hair at home? Let us know in the comments below

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