Oof, still using that synthetic-bristle brush to detangle wet hair, are we? Sounds like your routine could use a little TLC. Here are three common bad hair habits we’re all guilty of—and exactly how to fix them.
You’re using the wrong shampoo. Turns out, sulfates—an ingredient found in most regular shampoos—are a little too good at their job. They not only wash away dirt and grime but also strip the hair, leaving it dull and damaged. The fix here is a simple swap to a gentle, sulfate-free formula, like L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Sulfate-Free Shampoo. It gives you the clean you need, but won’t mess with your gorgeous new highlights.
You’re forcibly detangling. Instead, start by toweling or air-drying your hair for a few minutes (sopping-wet hair is prone to damage). Then gently brush through it with a wide-tooth comb, starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. This will smooth out the snarls without causing any unnecessary breakage.
You’re blow-drying on high heat (and far too slowly). Blasting one section of hair on high heat (and holding it there until it dries) is a big no-no. Try turning your blow-dryer on low and working quickly to prevent hair crisping and inevitable breakage. Then give your locks a nice cool blast when you’re done to set your style in place.