7 Things Your Hairdresser Wishes You’d Stop Doing

We all have bad habits when it comes to our hair. But there are some things your hairdresser really wishes you’d stop doing… 

And thanks to SELF magazine, we now know which vices we should give up. Read and learn…

1) STOP brushing wet hair 

‘It’s not a good idea to brush wet hair with any old brush. A wide-tooth comb is a better bet, but my new favorite is the Tangle Teezer. It’s shaped like a little foot and fits snug in your palm. It doesn’t pull or tug on the hair and can be used on any texture or length.’ — Kelly Hunt, who works with Amber Valetta and Karina Smirnoff

2) STOP tugging at your split ends

‘You wouldn’t believe how many women I see pulling on their split ends. Yes, you may momentarily get rid of it, but you’re actually shredding the hair, and creating a more uneven split end that’s harder to fix. Instead, snip it off with very sharp scissors. Then it’s gone forever. And you can make an appointment to get a haircut.’ — Michael Dueñas, who works with Padma Lakshmi and Zoe Levin R

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hairdresser sink Yanking your split ends are a no-no…


3) STOP straightening your hair when it’s damp 

‘Women use heated styling tools when their hair is still wet, which literally fries the hair. In order to use heat without damage, the hair has to be completely dry. If you finish blow-drying and the hair feels cold, that’s a sign that there’s still moisture in it—so keep going.” — Bobby Eliot, who works with Hailee Steinfeld and Jena Malone

4) STOP tying your hair in a ponytail before bed

‘Sleeping in a ponytail causes breakage right at the crown of the head, or wherever the elastic is placed. If you like your hair off your face, sleep in a loose braid off to the side, secured right at the end as loose as you can.’ — Johnny Stuntz, who works with Anna Kendrick and Kelly Osbourne

5) STOP brushing your hair the wrong way

‘My biggest pet peeve is when people start at the root when brushing or combing. You can literally hear the hair breaking. Instead, start at the ends and remove the tangles there first. Then work your way up towards the root. That way, you’re reducing split ends and frizzy broken bits.’ — Michael Long, who works with Lizzy Caplan and Alexandra Daddario

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women getting hair styled in a salon Straightening hair when wet? Don’t do it…


6) STOP using a towel to dry your hair

‘It drives me crazy when clients towel-dry their hair by messing it up in every direction, which just roughs-up the delicate cuticle. When the cuticles are closed, they reflect light and hair appears smooth and shiny. When they’re open, hair looks dry, dull and coarse. Instead, when you’re towel-drying, wring your hair out, moving downwards from root to ends.’ — Toni Chavez, who works with Bella Thorne and Nicola Peltz

7) STOP trimming your own hair to ‘help it grow’ 

‘I have so many clients who believe that cutting their hair helps it it grow. For every few inches you’re trimming, you’re actually adding months to your growing time. Instead, try fewer washings, less heated styling and blowdrying, and more deep conditioning. Hair looks longer and fuller when it’s healthier and stronger.’ — John Ruggiero, who works with Kate Beckinsale and Gigi Hadid