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The hair aficionados at the Bracna Salons in St. Louis can definitely give you the best haircut and style that will accentuate your looks and complement your stylish flair, but what should you do in-between visits? There are a lot of products and practices you can use for your tresses that will help keep it looking as healthy and shiny as it looks after a visit with our experts. At the same time, however, there are also normal everyday things that could be damaging your hair without you even knowing. Here are four common mistakes you should avoid to keep your hair looking and feeling great.

Over-washing Your Hair

Although it may make you feel clean and refreshed to wash your locks every day, washing your hair too often can really take its toll. Over-washing can strip your strands and scalp of natural healthy oils, which can dry it out and leave it looking dull and lifeless. Try alternating between shampooing and conditioning every other day with oil balancing products like L’Oréal’s Mythic Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, which works on balancing your hair’s natural oil levels. If you feel your hair getting too greasy between washes, a dry shampoo, like Fresh Dust by L’Oréal, absorbs excess oils to keep your hair looking and smelling refreshed.

Not Waiting for Your Hair to Dry

It may be hard, especially if you’re late or in a hurry, but it’s important to let your hair dry before brushing, styling, or even sleeping. Hair follicles are at their weakest when wet, and brushing can cause damage and broken strands. Allow your hair to dry at least 75% until taking a bush to it. This will also allow for any conditioning treatment to absorb into hair instead of being brushed out. And it may be tempting to help the drying process along by towel drying your hair vigorously, but rough towel drying can damage hair cuticles, causing frizz, breakage, and dullness. Instead, squeeze out excess water from your hair and pat it dry with your towel. Also, sleeping with totally wet hair is not recommended as it will often cause frizz and creases, leading to more work, time, and energy trying to get rid of them in the morning.

Using Too Much Heat

It may be obvious, but using too much heat on your hair can of course cause burnt and damaged hair follicles. Always use a heat protectant product on your tresses before using a heat styling tool, set at low to medium, like a hair straightener, curling iron, or even a hair dryer. Pre-styling products like AVEDA’s BrilliantTM Damage ControlTM coat your hair so that the heating tool glides over it instead of coming into direct contact, helping to prevent burns and damage. And since hair follicles are weakest when wet, do not use heating tools on wet or damp hair, as it can also lead to burning and breakage. Most importantly, use hairspray as a hair setting product after you’ve finished heat styling your hair, as the alcohol in hairspray can burn on contact and fry your strands.

Skipping Regular Haircuts

Even if you’re trying to grow out your hair, it’s important to keep up with your regular haircuts or trims. If you really enjoyed your most recent cut, it would be good to go in for a trim every six weeks so your stylist can still use the shape of the old cut as a guide. Waiting longer than eight weeks can risk the chance of your haircut growing out, making it harder for your stylist to replicate. Getting your hair trimmed regularly can also prevent split ends from forming, leading to dullness and breakage. What’s more, Branca Salons offer trim and bang cuts at a significantly lower price than a regular cut, so coming in every six weeks will not only leave your hair looking and feeling healthy, it can also save you money.

If you’d like to learn more about what you should and shouldn’t do to your hair, or about any of the products or services mentioned, contact the Salon Branca and Studio Branca hair salons in St. Louis, MO. You can also schedule a consultation or book an appointment for one or more of our services today. We’ll be more than happy to see you!