1 / 5

1. A steamy, hot shower

This is the easiest way to do some serious damage to your hair. Using hot water to wash your hair might seem like a good idea, it helps get rid of oils and dirt, but it actually is a no-no. Hot water opens up the cuticles, which means too much time under hot shower can strip your hair of protective oils, making it dry and brittle. This is true for your skin as well! Start off by rinsing your hair with warm water, and move to cold water when shampooing. Rinse out the shampoo with cold water as well so as to close the cuticles and give yourself a healthy shine.