6 Hair Vices To Quit Right Now

Do you wait until your hair is completely dry before you subject it to hot tools? Do you use the medium heat setting when blowdrying? If you slouched down in your chair while reading this (because "yes" wasn't the first word on your lips), there is no need to feel guilty. Bad habits are hard to break. No matter how many times we're told not to do something, we tend to revert back to our old ways when we're rushed or trying to take short cuts.
To help us nip these vices in the bud, we turned to real women to confess their greatest hair misdeeds, as well as our trusty squad of hair experts to provide some easy-to-implement solves. They offered up some helpful tips and go-to products — like the gentle, detangling Wet Brush — that'll make caring for and styling your hair a breeze. Read on, and tell us in the comments: What's your greatest hair vice?
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The Vice: Splitting Ends
Name: Sara
Hair Type: Wavy Hair

"I'm a chronic split-end picker. I rip them off and peel them apart like a monster. I know that's the last thing you should do with split ends, but I can't seem to resist. My hairdresser has even commented on the damage I'm wreaking. Honestly, I should just start wearing mittens."
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The Solve:

"I beg you: Do not pull your split ends apart," says Alterna Haircare brand ambassador Andrew Fitzsimons. He says to think of your hair like a piece of rope. If it's fraying at the bottom and you tear at it, it'll unravel. The best thing to do to avoid split ends is to get regular trims. The second best thing is to use a restorative treatment, like the Alterna Caviar Repair Protein Cream. It not only rebuilds the protein in strands, but it also seals the cuticle to prevent future split ends.
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The Vice: Getting Tangled Up
Name: Chelsea
Hair: Thick and long

"My hair gets tangled pretty easily. Since I'm always in a rush and I hate doing my hair, I will take any brush and rip right through the snarls to get it over with. Of course, that just makes the problem worse."
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The Solve:

Tangled hair is caused by numerous things — the texture of your hair, existing damage, or the types of products you use. But no matter the cause, patience is key to dealing with those knots, says Barr. He suggests using a wide-tooth comb or brush to get out tangles gently. An editor favorite? The Wet Brush Detangler. Its special plastic bristles (dubbed IntelliFlex®) are super flexible and gently glide through knots — wet or dry — without tearing the hair cuticle. Brush through your hair starting at the bottom and working your way up to the top to further prevent breakage.
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The Vice: Avoiding Your Hairstylist
Name: Lily
Hair: Wavy and prone to frizz

"I wait way too long to get haircuts, because I really want to grow it out. It’s been a year since my last haircut. I let it get into such bad shape that by the time I go in for a trim, I need to get a ton lopped off just to make it look reasonably healthy."
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The Solve:

"It’s important to schedule regular haircuts, because if you wait too long to take care of your split ends, they'll keep splitting up the [length of] your hair," says celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims. He suggests getting a trim at least every six to eight weeks. On top of getting haircuts regularly, Sims says to keep hair hydrated with moisturizing treatments every one to two weeks. "I recommend the Schwarzkopf Gliss Oil Nutritive Weightless Oil — it provides weightless nourishment while providing intense care from [root] to tip."
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The Vice: Misusing Hot Tools
Name: Melissa
Hair: Fine and thin

"I blowdry my hair way too close to the root, and I let my dryer directly touch my hair while doing so. I know this is terrible for it, but I get such better volume that way. (I have a Dyson dryer, so I like to think that makes up for it.)" Editor's note: It doesn't.
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The Solve:

We get it. It's hard to lay off the hot tools. So short of telling you to completely throw out that (pricey) dryer, we suggest using heat-protecting hair products in conjunction with it. A blowout balm or heat-protecting spray will wrap your hair in a protective shield, says Frédéric Fekkai Palm Beach creative director Philippe Barr. Our recommendation: Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant. In addition to protecting from the heat, it'll ward off frizz, so you don't have to touch up your hair throughout the day. For added volume (without the heat damage), take a round brush to just your roots as you blowdry upward.
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The Vice: Trying DIY Don'ts
Name: Eliza
Hair: Short and color-treated

"I wanted to dye my hair from light brown to a nice auburn color, but it ended up turning way more purpley-red than I anticipated. I frantically Googled how to tone down the color, and I read somewhere that washing your hair with dish soap would do the trick. So I did it for weeks. While it did take out the color (R.I.P. my pillowcases), I could feel my hair getting so unhealthy."
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The Solve:

Dish soap is just one of the odd DIY solves people of the internet have turned to when a visit to the hair salon goes wrong. But while these at-home solutions can fix one problem, they usually create another, more damaging one. If you're unsatisfied with the actual color choice, your best (and healthiest) bet is to wait for it to fade. You can also go back and ask for toner to offset the color. But regardless, you want to keep your color-treated hair healthy, and the way to do that is to keep it hydrated. "Dish soap is very drying and will remove all of the healthy oils from your scalp and hair, causing it to feel very dry, stiff, and unmanageable," says Redken artist Sean Godard. Using a weekly mask, like this one from Rahua, will lock in moisture and — for better or for worse — keep your color vibrant.
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The Vice: Your Sleeping Style
Name: Ryan
Hair: Thick

"I sleep with a ponytail in every single night. I know you're not supposed to, but I like to keep my hair out of my face when I sleep and I don't know what else to do about it."
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A ponytail applies pressure to the hair, so sleeping in a tight one overnight is bad news. "If you use an elastic, you can cause friction, breakage, and possible damage to the cuticle layer of the hair," says celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa. Your best bet is using a soft, creaseless hair tie that won't tug. Potempa also suggests Beachwaver's Wrap Up®. "It's made with a soft, flexible foam outside and a bendable wire on the inside that provides easy styles in seconds."