Pro Logic: Breaking 4 Bad Hair Habits Friday 26 October, 2012

Celebrity hairstylist Philip B. lines up four bad hair habits, and tells you how to knock them all down.

None of us are perfect. And yet we’re always seeking perfection—especially with our hair. When it comes to tresses, though, we self-sabotage by way of heat-styling, hair-dying and, apparently, feeding into the following four bad habits laid out by celebrity hairstylist and treatment expert, Philip B. (P.S.: Halle Berry and Charlize Theron are big fans of his Botanicals line.) Every bad habit can be broken, and Philip gives his advice on how to do so.

Guilty of: Brushing Wet Hair

Philip says: “Your hair is weaker and more elastic when wet, so brushing it can lead to breakage and split ends. Make sure to follow this styling commandment: Comb hair when it’s wet and brush when it’s dry.”


Guilty of: Over-drying

Philip says: “If you have hair color or chemically-treated hair, or you flat-iron often, beware! Heat-styling tools and chemical treatments burn precious moisture out of your hair. Unless you replace that moisture with frequent treatments (he suggests 2 to 4 times per week), eventually it will start breaking off. To keep hair healthy, turn down the heat as much as you can and treat your hair to frequent oil treatments. I love my Rejuvenating Oil for this, but plain olive oil can work in a pinch.”


Guilty of: Not Protecting Bleached Hair

Philip says: “While it was tempting to dive in the pool during the hot summer, I’m sure it left your bleached strands looking a lot like greenish straw. Bleach is drying and makes hair more porous, and chlorinated water also strips moisture from your hair—plus, it contains metals that can seep in and leave a greenish tint. Now that summer is officially over, soak strands in a vinegar-and-water bath to help eliminate some of the remaining chlorine molecules. After that, an oil treatment is key to restoring moisture and shine.”


Guilty of: Neglecting to Brush

Philip says: “A good brushing is an exfoliation treatment for your scalp. It stimulates cell turnover to make your hair stronger and healthier; drags the natural conditioning oils from your scalp to your ends to keep them shiny and moisturized; and also buffs the hair cuticle to boost overall glossiness. But forget the old wives’ tale about brushing your hair 100 times each night—it’s excessive and might be damaging. Instead, aim for 10 to 20 strokes, depending on the thickness of your hair. Tip: Use a pure boar bristle brush if you have fine, wispy hair; if your hair is normal to thick, look for a brush that contains a mix of natural boar’s hair and nylon bristles. You can find good boar’s hair brushes in fine department stores or salons.”

Which bad hair habit are you guilty of? Share in the comments below!

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(Photo via Beauty Launchpad)


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  • Clare says:

    GAh- the flat iron will be the death of my crowning glory— any suggestions around this? I love straight hair, but mine is naturally wavy– what about rebond? Is this bad for the hair too?

  • admin says:

    Clare: I’m not sure what “rebond” is in terms of hair straightening. What you could do is try a Keratin retexturizing service, which purports to take the frizz and some of the wave out of hair, making it easier to style. But, depending on your hair texture, you may still need to use a flat iron to straighten. You can find Keratin retexturizing service in many salons – it is NOT straightening. Make sure to do your homework. Good luck!

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