You’ve probably been washing your hair for 20, 30, 40 or more years, but your hair care routine might actually be doing your hair more harm than good. Brad Mondo, American hairstylist and social media personality, has shared some tips for optimal hair washing — and thicker, healthier hair.
Brad shared that there is one thing women should absolutely never do when it comes to washing their hair.
He told his 7.6 million YouTube subscribers, “Here’s a big one for me, here’s my pet peeve.
“When you get out of the shower, don’t take that towel and rub your hair with it – don’t you dare do this to me.”
He implored viewers not to use their towel to wring out the ends of their hair and dry them.
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Brad continued, “Oh my god, there’s nothing I want to see less than this.”
Instead, women should lay their towel over their hands, tilt their head, and gently scrunch their hair with it.
Next, Brad revealed that the method of drying hair that many of us use for speed and ease is actually very damaging.
Although it may be “tempting”, avoid putting your wet hair in a “hair turban”.
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He warned that using a hair turban can lead to what is known as tension alopecia, which is when excessive tension on the hair shafts causes hair loss.
Pulling it really tight in a towel or turban is not a good idea for those who want thick, voluminous, full hair.
He explained that this method will pull on “fragile” hair that has just been washed.
According to the expert, hair that has just been washed and reheated is more vulnerable and fragile to breakage.
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These are the rules of post hair wash, but what about the hair wash itself?
Some people prefer a hot shower, while others prefer a cooling arctic rinse.
However, according to the expert, these temperatures can wreak havoc on healthy hair.
Unlike cold, hot, or extremely hot water, Brad explained that lukewarm water is your best bet for healthy hair.
Brad said: “I’m going to come out and say it, I think washing your hair in cold water is so good.*******.
“I wouldn’t unless you just want to make yourself miserable in the morning or at night every time you wash your hair.”
He explained that hot water opens the hair cuticle (the protective layer of the hair) a little wider than cold water and releases dirt more easily.
As for how to wash your hair under that lukewarm water, Brad encouraged viewers to be gentle rather than rough with their hands.
This will prevent tangling, tangling and roughening of the cuticle – which can actually cause you to lose hair due to breakage.