Stylist reveals 11 shocking bad habits that damage your natural hair

2. Washing your hair with hot water

One of the easiest ways to damage your hair is by using excessive amounts of heat. While washing your hair with hot water gets rid of oils and opens up the cuticles to allow your shampoo a better shot at cleaning your hair, too much hot water will strip your hair and leave it dry and frizzy. Rinse your hair with warm water before you shampoo it, but always rinse out your shampoo with cool water instead.

This will also help close the cuticles and leave your hair smoother and shinier. We know it’s tough to resist the warm water, especially at the end of an exhausting day, but it’s for the good of your hair (and your skin!).