Nothing beats freshly-washed, conditioned strands. A freshly styled head of hair feels cool, but mistreating wet hair will wreak serious havoc on your strands for months. Because hair is in its most vulnerable state when it's wet, there are a few wet hair tips you should follow to make sure all the hard work you're putting in doesn't fall to the wayside.
For those busybodies guilty of dashing out the door with wet locks, read this immediately!
You’re about to discover three things you need to stop doing to your wet locks immediately in order to maintain healthy, split end-free strands.
Stop Sleeping On It
Long days at work, hitting the gym, then that hot shower can leave you going to bed with wet hair. But if waking up with tangled strands isn't your goal, avoid sleeping on those wet locks! Come morning time, you’ll regret the decision when you’re greeted in the mirror with misshapen strands and impossible-to-brush knots. If you do go to bed with wet locks, it should be because you have a treatment mask in your hair.
Always remember that hair should be dried before you go to bed no matter how tempted you are to get some shut-eye.
Stop Using That Regular Brush
The brush or comb that glides through your wet hair is important because your strands are in their most vulnerable state when they're wet. This means they're more prone to breakage and split ends. So choose your detangling tool wisely and always be sure to use a deeply conditioning cream to hydrate and protect. Almost all stylists agree: Don't brush your hair when it’s wet. If you find yourself with a lot of tangles, use a detangling comb paired with a leave-in spray, or invest in a WetBrush. The bristles are much softer on a wet brush than a regular, everyday hair brush. If blow drying is necessary, rough drying with your fingers for the first 90%, then use a round brush to smooth strands.
Stop Going Outside Before You Style
Fun fact! Different air pressures can cause an uneven air dry on wet hair. For a consistent wash-and-go hairstyle, stay in one place until your hair is completely dry as once you leave the house the temperature and humidity changes thereby altering your hair's texture. For those aiming to avoid styling tools, be strategic! Opt for a microfiber hair towel instead of an average cotton kind; the towel fibers are actually damaging to hair. If one’s not available, try using a cotton t-shirt instead.
Whether you have fine or coarse tresses, whenever your hair is wet, it is more fragile, especially if you have color-treated or chemically-treated hair. Unlike dry hair, wet hair is more delicate to anything it touches. Whenever possible, actively work to decrease the amount of tension and friction that is being applied to your fragile strands.