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Everyday habits that are ruining your hair

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We’re probably all guilty of overusing heating appliances and dry shampoo, but if you want your hair to be in tip-top shape these habits need to be broken.

Katie Allan, founder of MAYFIVE Hair (, has given us a rundown of six everyday habits that could be causing damage to your locks. Here’s what she recommends.

Hot showers

Hot showers feel great but can also dry out your hair and scalp! If this is something you cannot resist, be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner to moisturise.

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Dirty brushes

Clean those brushes!!! A bit of warm water and shampoo to take of any debris will work perfectly - otherwise, you will be brushing your clean hair with tools that have also been in your locks after a sweaty workout! 

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Tight hairstyles and wrong accessories

Tight ponytails and top knots can cause traction alopecia, but if you use an elastic band this will also cause damage to the fibres when it is up. A traditional scrunchie or a hair tie that looks like the old-fashioned telephone cords work well. 

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Of course, the best place to put your sunglasses so you don't lose them is on your head – however, if the area that goes over the nose has metal in it, it is likely to catch in your hair and pull out strands. This will result in breakage on your front hairline.

Applying heat to your hair without washes in-between

Once you have washed your hair, it is filled with nutrients from your shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in products. Once you apply electrical heat, these tend to leave the hair. If you then re-apply heat to your hair without washing it - you are likely to cause irreversible damage to the cuticle. 

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Overusing dry shampoo

We all love using dry shampoo, yet, using it in excess can result to a dry flaky scalp. I’d recommend to not use for more than two days before washing.

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