Five Hair Habits To End Now

by Kweli I. Wright

I know I’m guilty of flipping through magazines and looking at websites and just drooling over tons of straight, curly, short, long, twisted and free-flowing hairstyles—some attainable and some I just won’t be able to make happen. But I’m also smart enough to know that there are certain bad hair habits that I commit on a regular that are not going to help me get anywhere near the styles that I covet.

Are you guilty of any of these? If so, it’s time to stop.

  • Product Junkie

    I have been guilty of #3.

  • silkynaps

    I’m not a product junkie. Junkies will buy anything and everything just to be buying something. Hi, my name is silkynaps and I’m a product hoarder.

    Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage products are my staples, so if they’re marked down so much as 2 cent, I will run out and buy a s-load and stockpile it in my refrigerator. I have issues. I know. I think I have a phobia that they’ll change the formulas and jack the prices up.

  • Enay

    Number 5 is my issue. I hate sectioning my hair. It is a chore.

  • E.M.S.

    I end up using my blow dryer and or curler almost daily to get rid of the annoying kinks that develop when I sleep at night (even though I tie it up with a silk scarf).

    Really I just want to get those out, but regular brushing and combing does nothing. How else could I get rid of them without using heat? My hair is very sensitive. Any advice would be really appreciated!

  • C

    I don’t do any of these, but I do have some bad habits, like putting on my winter hat with no satin cap underneath, which can lead to breakage, and I mess in my hair while it is dry. I just trimmed 1 inch off my ends yesterday, and it looks so much better already. My ends were ragged. One more trim in 6-8 weeks, and I should be almost split end free.

  • Rosey

    I stopped overshampooing and using heat and my hair is so much longer and fuller now. Good tips.

  • lulu

    I think it’s a good idea because companies reformulate products (even GOOD ONES) without a moment’s notice and it almost always makes them worse. I just fanned the flames of your product hoarding I know.

  • Humanista

    If your hair is natural, try twisting/braiding at night to keep it from tangling. If it’s straight/relaxed set it in rollers or pincurls OR wrap it.

    And maybe try all detangling EVERYTHING (shampoo, conditioner/leave-in, etc.)?

  • Mommy

    I’m guilty of detangling roughly after shampooing (and the water spritzer is sitting right there). smdh

  • Mademoiselle

    I wouldn’t consider that product hoarding. I do the same thing for anything that doesn’t have a shelf-life (hair products, lotion, body wash, detergent, cleaning products, etc) — mostly because I hate shopping, so the more I stock up now, the less I often I have to replenish. To me, hoarding is when you hold onto random crap that you don’t have any use for (I’ve done that in the past with hair accessories that aren’t even made for my hair type or length, but I would pick them up thinking “if I ever decide to do xyz with my hair, I’ll have this to do it with”, knowing that day will never come). At least junkies use their stuff to some degree even if it turns out to not be their cup of tea after they’ve tried it.

  • Caramel

    I found changing shampoos going from regular shampoo to Wen was a hair life-saver. You can really tell the difference by the way it shines and the feel of the hair. If you don’t want to use Wen, get a shampoo without the sulfates and parabens. You can see and feel the difference after one shampoo.

  • RenJennM

    Another bad hair habit is constantly touching your hair. But I can’t help it… I loveeee touching my hair! lol

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