You’re Doing It Wrong: Styling Wet Hair

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Here’s an all-too-familiar scenario: You’re running late to work, so you quickly wash your hair then pull it up into a wet ponytail or bun before rushing out the door. Pretty normal, right? Wrong. You’ve unknowingly committed a major hair sin.

“This really causes the ultimate damage over time as the elasticity of your hair is at it’s weakest when wet,” says Jenny Balding, NYC Cutler/Redken stylist. “When you tie your hair up wet , it over-stretches the hair and causes it to snap, therefore splits and damaged areas occur.” Jenny says the damage is especially bad around the hairline where the hair is fine and very weak.

If you must put up your hair when wet, Jenny recommends lightly twisting the hair up and then clipping into place. “This way you are not putting any pressure on your strands when they are delicate.”

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