13 Stylist-Approved Tips to Perfect Your Hair-Care Routine

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We all want our hair-care routine to give us shiny, bouncy curls, full, unbroken strands, or gorgeous natural hair. Customized hair care is essential for great hair. 

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Don't wait until something goes wrong to start caring for your hair. “A mistake some people make is obsessing with products while not committing to the day-to-day,”

Being reactive instead of proactive.

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No matter your hair type, detangling is difficult, so don't be harsh. Kelly Hunt, who has worked with Amber Valetta and Karina Smirnoff, advises against brushing wet hair with any brush. 

Yanking a brush through wet hair

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Multitask while resting. “Dry shampoo works while you sleep, so it's a great time to use it,” says Santiago. 

Ignoring your hair at night

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Regular trims keep hair healthy, even if you're growing it out. According to Michael Dueñas, who has worked with Padma Lakshmi and Zoe Levin, regular trims prevent damage to hair ends. “

Not getting regular trims

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L’Oréal Paris creative director of Style & Color Jonathan Colombini, who has worked with Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, advises against scrubbing an oily scalp daily. “

Over-shampooing oily hair

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Though counterintuitive (and annoying), heat styling is best done on dry hair. (Learning good air-drying techniques is helpful!) 

Heat-styling unsafely

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The ideal technique to brush your hair is from the bottom up, regardless of texture. Starting at the root when brushing or combing is my biggest pet dislike. 

Detangling the wrong way

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Product instructions are there for a reason. “I constantly see my friends, family, and clients mist aerosol products like dry shampoo and hairspray.

Applying product incorrectly

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Since scalp health is so important to hair health, overusing products may hinder hair growth. The purpose of washing your hair is to remove buildup, says Santiago. Keeping track of everyday product use is crucial. 

Applying too much product

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Overhandling your hair, especially after showering, can cause dullness. “It drives me crazy when clients towel-dry their hair by messing it up in every direction,” says Toni Chavez, who has worked with Bella Thorne and Nicola Peltz.

Being rough when drying wet hair

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John Ruggiero, who has worked with Kate Beckinsale and Gigi Hadid, recommends giving your hair more TLC instead of visiting your stylist when it feels limp or lifeless. 

Overmanipulating your hair

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We can harm our hair attempting to get it the way we want (you always desire what you don't have). Instead of chemicals or heat, use extensions to grow or volumize your hair. 

Not considering products like extensions

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Everybody needs this guidance, but curly-haired people and those battling in the Instagram hair-fluencer era will benefit.

Trying to force your hair to be something it’s not

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