Little mistakes in your routine could be inadvertently messing with your style. Here’s what’s standing between you and a consistently gorgeous head of hair.
“Wearing your hair up every day strains the hair at the root and can actually cause hair loss,” says celebrity stylist Julien Farel. “Let your hair down—it looks sexy and lets your scalp breathe!”
It’s fine to run out the door with damp hair if you want a messy undone effect. But keep in mind that wet hair can still bend and take on a new shape—even frizz. If you want a smooth, stay-in-place look, use your dryer until hair is fully dry, then set with a cool blast—or in a pinch, by sticking your head in the freezer for about 20 seconds.
“One of the major mistakes that women make when using hot tools is to spray the section with hairspray before putting the hot tool on it,” says Evo’s international creative director Lauren McCowan. “Hairspray contains alcohol, and when you apply heat over a layer of hairspray, it dries the hair out even more and can create static as well as causing your curls to drop.” Stick to alcohol-free products (look on the ingredients list for names that end in -ol) designed to prep hair for heat-styling.