We’ve written frequently in this blog about hair care routines suitable for people with all kinds of lifestyles and time commitments. We’ve covered the best products and technical how-to guides. However, while we’ve been spending all this time teaching you how to do these things right, we haven’t given much thought to what a lot of people might be doing wrong.

Frankly, hair care can be a complicated business. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, which leads to individuals incorporating practices into their routine which may be unintentionally damaging their hair. In this article, we look at some of the most common hair care errors.


It feels good to be clean. However, going overboard could end up damaging your hair. Washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner every day can sometimes remove its ability to generate natural, healthy oils. As an alternative why not try washing your hair every other day, and just rinse with water in between.

Stylers and Damp Hair

If you want to damage your hair, soaking it in water, then superheating way past boiling point is probably a good way to go about it. Modern stylers such as the GHD Platinum are designed to be as kind to your hair as possible, but there’s only so much technology can achieve. Therefore, if you want to avoid burnt and broken hair, ensure your hair is fully dry before styling.

Using Product before Styling

If you’d like to cause spectacular damage to your hair, add product before heat styling. If boiling water is enough to cause significant damage, you should see the long term results when the superheated alcohol present in many hair products burns  through your locks. The only product you should use before styling is a heat protect spray, otherwise wait until afterwards.

Aggressive Towel-Drying

Avoid towel-drying your hair too vigorously when you get out of the shower. Being too aggressive can lead to dull hair and unwanted frizz. Instead, gently pat most of the water from your hair, and allow it to finish the drying process more naturally. This may take a bit longer, but is much healthier.

Brush Misuse

A common source of avoidable hair damage is the much misunderstood brush. A myriad of styling sins originate with this innocuous item, so we’ll cover a few of the more glaring ones here. Firstly, you should always  gently brush before washing your hair. Secondly, the brush is for the whole length of the hair, not just the ends. Thirdly, a brush is not a tool for removing knots. This is such a huge topic that we’ll probably dedicate a full article to it in future.

These are some of the most common mistakes in hair care routines. Of course, everyone’s hair is unique, and it is always worth consulting a hair care professional to discover the optimal routine for your hair. Give us a call on 01606 330 866 or email us at contact@quartzhairandbeauty.co.uk for advice and product recommendations.