How to take care of wet hair to avoid damage, breakage and bad hair days.
Should wet hair be combed or brushed? How is wet hair best dried? There re so many questions women have when it comes to their hair, especially when it comes to taking care of hair.
Have you ever realised the damage caused to vulnerable and delicate hair strands as it is brushed away, squeezed, patted, and dried when wet?
Hair is made up of flat, overlapping cells which swell up when it is washed with warm water. This temporarily weakens the structure making it highly susceptible to damage.
Avoid drying hair with a bath towel.
The squeezing, patting a drying of a bath towel right after getting out of the shower risks damaging healthy hair.
As someone that might go in with a bath towel, consider switching out to a microfibre towel that is soft on hair as regular bath towel is made up of a coarse fabric texture that can lift cuticles, making hair feel rough.
Money Saving Hack: Another affordable option is repurposing an old top made up of soft cotton t-shirt material, the density of fabric will save precious hair from being snagged off by the strand.
Bondi Beauty recommendation: Bondi Boost Quickie Hair Turban
Don’t brush wet hair with a regular brush.
The next big no-no is using a brush or fine-tooth comb to go through wet or damp hair. these risk breakage, split ends, and breakaways.
Hair is at its weakest, when wet so it is important to wait until it is almost or completely dry using a wide tooth comb with smooth tooth ends is helpful after hair gets wet, when and if hair is tangled, so the scalp is not irritated.
Bondi Beauty recommendation: Briogeo Wide tooth detangling comb
Avoid pulling hair back when wet.
While super convenient to throw hair up after a dip in the pool, day at the beach or after a glorious shower, ponytails and clips can damage hair.
When hair is pulled back wet it can stretch up to a third of its length causing tension breakage.
This goes for sleeping on wet hair too, it will cause tangles, unnecessary breakage and can stretch hair. Air drying is the safest option.
Follow these helpful hacks to achieve healthy, long hair and avoid unnecessary damage.
Comb with caution
Before jumping in the shower, think about brushing hair whilst it’s still dry. This will get any tangles out of the hair and allow the conditioner to work through without risking any unnecessary tugging or pulling while wet.
If it absolutely needs to be brushed while wet, try not rinsing out conditioner completely and leaving a small amount in the hair. Soak up the water using an old top or towel made of t-shirt material or a microfibre towel.
Always start with hands, a comb, or a detangling brush at the ends of hair and work slowly towards roots as to not pull tangles down the hair.
Try investing in a brush design for wet hair such as a detangling brush that is made up of more flexible bristles that will not tug and pull at hair.
Bondi Beauty recommendation: Wet Brush
Drying without damage
After washing hair with shampoo and conditioner, a great way to help close the cuticles and give hair its shine back is a cold rinse.
Cold water is also beneficial to ensuring the scalp remains cleaner, closing pores and creates a temporary barrier that prevents dirt, oils, and grease from settling in hair.
Once rinsed, gather hair, and gently squeeze excess water from the strands, and grab a soft material to soak up the water that won’t snag strands.
Replenishing hair and scalps hydration after washing and drying.
Hair goes through quite a lot as it is washed and dried, so it is important it is replenished with lots of added hydration and care after each wash.
Simply adding in a leave-in conditioner can help seal the hair cuticles and keep it from snagging. Do not miss out on the variety of hair oils available to repair and protect ends as well