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BN Beauty: 5 Common Hair Mistakes You Probably Don’t know You’re Making



Hair Mistakes - Bellanaija - May 2014

Did you know that washing your hair and raising one leg can lead to a stomach upset? Okay, that’s a lie – but there are a lot of common hair mistakes you don’t know about.

A show of hands, for everyone who has ever tied their hair with a rubber band or used a heat styling tool on wet hair. Hair mistakes are more common than you may think and if not handled properly, could cost you your beauty as you go along.

So, let’s say goodbye to split ends, dry scalps, bald spots and weak strands…and get rid of these unhealthy hair habits.

1. Applying heat styling tools to wet hair

Just in case this is you, don’t worry we have all been there. You wash your hair, you think you really don’t have the time to blow dry and style, so you just go ahead and style. After all, “heat na heat“, right? Wrong.

Using heat styling tools on wet hair can dry it out and scorch the follicles of the hair. Your hair should always be completely dry and protected before heat styling tools like hot combs, straighteners, curling wands etc are used.

Don’t believe us? Just ask Tori. She is a Youtube Vlogger, who burned off her hair while shooting a tutorial on heat styling. Watch her share her “hilarious” ordeal on the Ellen Show.

2. Aggressively de-tangling tangled hair

We have all had those moments where you just loosen your braids, or take out your weave and you just want to brush the hair back and put it in a bun. Well it turns out you have to be a little more careful when doing that. When you have frizzy hair, it is better to eliminate knots and frustration by adding a little conditioner to your hair and finger combing – this way you get rid of bulk knots.

After that, sit with the conditioner in your hair for a while before using a wide toothed comb to brush out the hair, from your ends to the base.

3. Roughly towel-drying wet hair

This is not a movie role, so washing your hair and roughly drying it with a towel is not the right way to treat your hair. Towels can be quite harsh on the hair follicles. They dry them out and the the towel can create harsh friction that strips the hair of its natural oil and whatever oil you may have applied prior to the bath.

Instead dab your hair damp with the towel, to get rid of the excess water, then let it drip dry for a few minutes, apply your preferred products and then blow-dry (optional). This way your hair maintains its natural oils and you have a full head of healthy hair.

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4. Using a rubber band to hold hair

Now this is one of the more common ones – using rubber bands to hold your hair. We know all about the hair struggle; you can get rubber bands from a number of places – you withdraw a large sum of money, they hold it together with a  rubber band; you buy artificial attachment, there is a rubber band in the pack, you buy a pack of food from Mr Biggs, you get a rubber band..there are bands everywhere. It is very easy to use them for hair instead of spending the extra effort and money to buy the fabric covered band. So, why then should you stay away from rubber bands? For your hair’s sake.

These rubber bands, are very harsh on your hair. They tangle, and rip their hair because of their flexible nature. The fabric bands have a higher tendency to slide off your hair with less damage.

5. Cutting your own hair

Today, Doing It Yourself is the new order of things. With Youtube videos (from both professionals and non-professionals) everyone is trying to take their beauty into their own hands. We are all for tutorials, but when it comes to a matter as delicate as hair, sometimes it is best to leave it to the professionals.

When most women cut their hair they most times make it too short or too wide, the key missing ingredient is cutting it vertically and not horizontally. Also, please avoid using a blade, scissors have much less damage potential to you and your hair.

There’s no judgement here, so you can share your hair stories and let us know which mistakes you have made. Toodles!

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Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at) or style(at) | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle


  1. Inowlovemyhair

    May 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I so agree with the rubber band thing. Once upon a time my hair at the back was half the length of the hair in front. Also, within 3 weeks of retouching my hair I have thick new growth which I could not account for length wise as the hair just remained a particular length. Not until a male stylist told me if I must pack my hair in a pony tail, I should avoid rubber bands and other snaggly hair bands. Well, the back hair has caught up with the front hair and with other hair maintenance regimen, I can now account for the thick new growth length wise

  2. Vics

    May 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks Bella! This came in handy just in time when I have decided to research on how to really take good care of my hair. ..didn’t know that about towel-drying…thanks again!

  3. @edDREAMZ

    May 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    All this hair wahala will never come to existance only if our ladies will do skin-cut.. Lol….

  4. oluwaBlesyn

    May 26, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for this article bt how can one cut her hair vertically?

  5. S.T

    May 27, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Must you comment

    • S.T

      May 27, 2014 at 6:55 am


    • Anon

      May 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Touche! So annoying.

  6. izzie

    May 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I can definately Identify with this article. Growing up I had really thick full hair and I always got questions on if it was my hair or extensions. Fast forward to my teens, I joined the ‘relax my hair every month’ ideology whether due or not and have extensions put in straight away. I continued like that till I woke up one morning and all my hair was gone. From the cheap chemicals my over priced salon called shampoo and conditioner to the hours of heat it had endured from flat thonging to straightening. Kai! I was devastated. Today I have my hair back, I stopped retouching my hair often (twice a year now) because the truth is half the time its mostly because you feel your hair will come out nicer but it actually dont need relaxing. I stick to one line of products and do a massive lot of deep conditioning everytime I take my extensions out. From honey, to our raw shea butter to pure coconut oil etc. When I have my extensions in I make sure my scalp stays moisturised so I use spray hair oils on my roots. My mother once said – if you take care of your hair, it will take care of you. Obviously I was not listening and did I mention I only go to the salon for my extensions or braids. I retouch wash all by myself as I know just how I want my hair handled. Sorry for the epistle guys hopefully someone finds this useful

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