Whether you have a fine or coarse hair type, when hair is wet it is more fragile, especially if you have colour or chemically treated hair, which means it is more susceptible to breakage.
Pastels’ expert team outline the five things you must never do with wet hair:
- Do not brush your hair when it is wet. If you find yourself with a lot of tangles, use a detangling brush that is suited to wet hair and never use a round brush on wet hair.
- Avoid exposing wet hair to high heat. Gentle drying on low heat may take more time, but it will reduce damage.
- Do not tie wet hair into a bun or ponytail. Your hair elasticity is at its maximum when it is wet, so when you put it in a bun or ponytail, it stretches even more causing tension and breakage. In addition, your scalp will not get enough air to dry, which can cause skin irritations.
- Avoid wrapping wet hair in a towel. The harsh fibres of the towel can be rough on your wet fragile hair, leading to breakage. Try using a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel to absorb moisture.
- Never use a straightener on wet hair. You may be in a rush, but by styling your hair before it is completely dry you are frying your hair for a damaged, dull look.
If you have damaged your hair, then perhaps consider a hair mask. Applying a mask to wet hair is much less effective though, so avoid applying the treatment when your hair is completely wet. Instead, towel dry your hair before applying so the mask can penetrate your hair shaft easier, and the benefits can be maximised.