(NEW YORK) — Most women only think of wrinkles when they get older, but most don’t take into consideration the role everyday activities play in damaging their hair.
Beauty expert Gretta Monahan of Angelo David Salon in New York City shared these four common beauty habits you should avoid for healthy hair:
1. Take down the turban.
One of the most damaging things you can do is put your hair up after you shower. “When your hair is wet, that’s when it’s at its weakest point,” she says.
2. Loosen up that ponytail.
“Putting the hair in a ponytail, clips, headbands. Any time we are moving the hair in the opposite direction that it grows, we’re risking snapping or stretching the hair,” Monahan says.
3. Keep your cool.
Try to avoid using heating tools like straighteners and curling irons every day. Monahan recommends using restorative oils. “As part of the drying process I would spray it on and really get that high shine process back to my hair… it also provides a protective element when I’m drying or straightening,” she says.
4. Part ways.
Believe it or not, just switching up the way you part your hair can decrease stress on the follicles.
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