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26 November 2019

5 Things You Should Never Do to Wet Hair

Is it bad to sleep with wet hair? Do I comb or brush wet hair? Can I straighten hair while wet? These are the important questions we all have about how to care for our hair when it is wet. In this blog, we will bust common wet hair myths and show you the correct way to care for wet hair.

So we’ve all heard the rumours about the dangers of going rough on wet hair and usually gone straight out and ignored them, let’s be honest. Well, ignore them at your peril because after chatting with VS Sassoon stylist Rob Reeves, we’ve learned a lot about what can happen to your wet hair if you don’t treat it with respect. 

Here Rob gives us 5 quick tips on what you should never do to your wet hair – and why:

1. Don't Brush Wet Hair with a Regular Brush

“Whatever you do, do not brush your hair when it’s wet because that’s when it’s at its weakest and becomes vulnerable to breakage (leading to flyaways), split ends and damage,” advises Rob. “Even worse you can actually pull hair from the roots that way. The best time to brush your hair is when it is almost or completely dry. But if you have tangles after washing it or after a swim, you can use a wide-tooth comb on your wet hair to restore order but make sure it has smooth tooth ends so you don’t irritate your scalp. Try the Scunci de-tangling comb. Also, make sure when running the comb through your hair that you’re combing slowly”.

2. Don't Apply Hairspray on Wet Hair

“There are many good products to apply on wet hair including oil treatments but there are some products that shouldn’t be used. Hair spray is a product that should never be used on wet hair.

While it’s tempting to give it a bit of a spray to keep things in place, especially if you are air drying and getting on with other things, don’t do it,” says Rob. The only thing you will achieve is crunchy, flaky hair,” says Rob. “Never a good look!”

When using hairspray, make sure your hair is completely dry to get the desired result. 

3. Avoid Pulling Wet Hair Back into a Ponytail or a Bun

Sometimes after shampooing or swimming, it can be tempting to just put it in a ponytail, but that's a huge no-no. "When you tie your hair back it stretches up to a third of its length causing tension breakage," says Rob. 

“So make sure it’s pretty dry before putting it up. You might want to rethink that wet hair bun next time. Certainly not an option for anyone with fine fragile hair. And don’t sleep with wet hair – again it will cause tangles and breakage and stretch your hair.”

4. Never Use a Straightener on Wet Hair

The only heated hair tool that should be used in conjunction with wet hair is a hair dryer. You should never straighten your hair while it is wet. 

”It’s amazing the number of people who risk using straighteners and curlers on semi dried hair as they are in a rush,” says Rob. “Your hair needs to be completely dry or you will sizzle and damage the cuticles of your hair,” says Rob.

Having said that there are exceptions to this rule. VS Sassoon has a Wet and Dry Style Straightener that uses unique technology so that when you pass the tool through your hair, moisture escapes as steam and your hair becomes straight and smooth as it dries. It really is a great example of how the latest technology is changing up the game in hair styling. Still you must be careful that the straightener you use on wet hair is one of these wet to dry tools.


5. Never go to Bed with Wet Hair

“Just like the old saying ‘never go to sleep on an argument’ you should never go to sleep on your wet hair,” advises Rob. “Even if you have obedient straight hair that doesn’t kink, you are still likely to end up with knots and it can be damaging to your hair. 

As mentioned above, stretching wet hair is not good for it and lying on wet hair can risk that. And if you have curly hair it will end up a frizzy mess. Best to get your hair dryer out ladies!” If you are looking for hairstyles that are perfect to sleep in so you  wake up with beautifully styled hair, check out our blog post on the best hairstyles to sleep in. 

Follow These Steps and Enjoy Beautifully Healthy Hair

Now you know how you are hurting hair when it is wet, make sure you follow our tips closely so you don’t keep making the same mistakes that are damaging your hair. Stay up to date on the most important hair health tips, hair trends, hair styling and tutorials by visiting our blog.

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