8 Things That You Should Never Do With Wet Hair
We’ve all been there. You’ve just taken a shower, but you don’t really have time to let it dry out, so you end up doing something that seems harmless but you know deep in your gut that you probably shouldn’t.
Here’s the thing, it may not seem like a big deal at the moment, but our hair is a very fragile being. Mistreating it even once or twice can end up damaging its health, and so its best to avoid certain things when it is at it’s most vulnerable state: when its wet.
So, what are these big no-nos we’re talking about? Well, read on to find out what you should never do with wet hair!
1. Brush It
As we already mentioned, when your hair is wet is when it is in it’s most fragile state. Therefore, it is prone to getting stretched out and breaking. This is especially crucial for those that already battle with hair fall problems. Let it dry before you bring a brush anywhere near it. But if you absolutely, absolutely must brush it, use a wet brush. The bristles on them are much softer and so will be gentler on your hair.
2. Apply Heat to It
Applying heat to wet hair (or hair in any state for that matter), can be damaging. But since using heating techniques to style hair has become a norm, you can offset this by using heat protecting products. But, of course, all of this refers to hair that has been fully dried. If your hair is wet, using heating products like a straightener or curling iron on it will fry and damage your hair, and there’s no coming back from that!
3. Blow Dry on High Heat
We saw how a straightener can be quite detrimental to wet hair, but even a hair dryer should not be used on sopping wet hair. First of all, drying it fully will take a lot of time, meaning your hair will be exposed to heat a lot longer and you’ll end up having to use a higher setting. Instead, you should wait until it has at least been partially dried use your blow dryer, and make sure it is on a mid-setting. This way, you can minimize damage and make sure you do not over-dry your hair, which can make it frizzy and weak.
4. Use a Rough Towel
Roughing your hair up with a towel is not a good idea either, because, you guessed it, it can cause damage. Plus, these may not be very absorbent, meaning you’ll have to do it for far longer. A good way to dry your hair is by using a shammy towel (originally meant for drying automobiles due to them being highly absorbent, but you might have seen many an Olympic swimmer dabbing themselves with these). The best alternative that you already might own would be a cotton t-shirt.
5. Pull it Tight
Even if you’re a hurry to get out of the door, you should never put wet hair in a ponytail or bun. You shouldn’t even be wrapping it up too tight in a towel! When your hair is pulled up tight when it’s still wet, it becomes more elastic, which could cause it to stretch up to a third of its length. When it dries, this makes it much more brittle and prone to tension breakage and damage. Furthermore, it can cause your hair to lose its natural bounce if you have curly or wavy hair.
6. Not Dry It Properly
Not drying your hair properly can not only cause your hair to be unhealthy, it might even end up making you fall sick. This could especially be the case when you gather your hair up at the back of your head (ponytail/bun), which will mean that the hair there doesn’t dry for a long time. This could trigger a response in your mouth and throat that could end up making you more prone to catching a virus (it is all very scientific, and we will not be getting into that now).
Turns out your grandmother warning you not to go out with wet hair on a cold day is not just an old wives’ tale!
7. Sleep On It
Sleeping is another thing that you should avoid right after a shower. Not only could it take your hair much longer to dry, there’s going to be a lot of friction and tension as you toss and turn. This can cause tangles and breakage in your hair that will not be pleasant in the morning.
8. Apply Styling Products
Read the back of any hair styling product and they’ll instruct you to “apply on damp hair”. Damp, not wet. And there’s a very good reason for this. When your hair is sopping wet, there’s little chance that the product will be able to get past all that water without being diluted and be properly absorbed in. Therefore, wait until your hair has dried slightly before applying any product to it.