Don’t you feel a little betrayed each time you lose some precious strands? You cared for them, pampered them with the best of hair care products and yet they have the audacity to up and leave? Rude. But what if we told you that there is a cheat sheet that will help you save them? Below is a list of 7 things you should avoid doing when your hair is wet and it will drastically reduce hair breakage. Excited? Let’s get to it.


In This Article:

Why Does Wet Hair Break Easily?

What Mistakes Should You Avoid When Your Hair Is Wet?

Why Does Wet Hair Break Easily? 

We’ve always heard that wet hair is prone to breakage. Why exactly? To get a little scientific, your hair is made up of 95% keratin, a protein that is protected by the outer cuticle layer. When your hair is wet, this cuticle lifts up forming weaker hydrogen bonds making your hair fragile and prone to damage. So, the layer of protection reduces, rendering it susceptible to breakage when pulled, stretched or carelessly handled. 

What Mistakes Should You Avoid When Your Hair Is Wet? 

1. Brushing Wet Hair 

Instead, you should brush or detangle your hair when it's dry. This reduces all that tugging and pulling and helps save your precious hair. 

2. Use A Wide-Tooth Comb 

If you style your hair when it's wet (curly girlies will relate) make sure that you’re using the right tool. A wide-tooth comb works perfect in this scenario, as it's quite gentle, takes care of knots as well as eases the styling process. 

3. Blot Instead Of Rubbing 

Aggressively rubbing your wet hair to speed up the drying time is the worst possible thing you can do. Abort mission, immediately. Wet hair needs a lot of TLC. So, the plopping method or blot your hair with a microfiber towel to absorb excess water. 

4. Applying Your Serum Too Late 

If you’re applying your serum when your hair is almost dry, it's a lost cause. You’ll be simply wasting the product, because your hair is no longer in a state to take in any goodness. Gently dab some serum when your hair is damp and watch how soft and shiny it feels once it's dry. Our Argan Oil & Lavender Hair Serum for Frizz free hair offers up to 3x smoother hair and reduces free for up to 72 hours. It also adds a visible luster and reduces hair breakage by up to 99%. What’s more? You also get heat protection for up to 230 degrees, so you can style away without worrying. For added shine and protection, you can also spritz our Argan Oil Heat Protect & Conditioning Mist on damp or even dry hair. It helps control frizz for up to 48 hours* conditions your hair and leads to visibly healthier hair after 1* use! The mist offers heat protection for up to 230 degrees as well, so get ready to spray, style and slay! 

5. Tight Hairdos 

Throwing your hair into a bun or a ponytail when it's wet can break it at the band. Keep it open and allow it to completely dry before attempting any hairstyles. 

6. Immediately Blow Drying 

This styling mistake is pretty common. Using a dryer to blow out soaking wet hair will make it work extra hard and expose your hair to heat damage longer than it should be. Instead, let it air dry for a while or pop it before you bring out your drier. Once it is 30% dry or damp, that’s when you can use it to style your hair. 

7. Hot Tools On Wet Hair 

Just like blow drying, this too is off the table. You’ll basically be using extreme heat to dry your hair—which is equivalent to downright cooking it rather than styling it. Not advisable. Not recommended. Not necessary. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 Why does wet hair break easily?

A. The protective layer of your hair is temporarily lifted when it's wet. This is why you must maintain utmost care while detangling, drying and handling your hair when it's wet. 

Q:2 Should you comb wet hair? 

A. Refrain from combing your hair when it is wet. However, only curly and wavy hair is the exception. If you have either of these hair types, you can use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle and style your hair when wet. This will cause minimum hair breakage and also reduce frizz. 

Q:3. Why do I have so much breakage when I wash my hair? 

A. It is normal to lose about 100-150 hair while washing your hair. However, if the hair fall is alarming, it can be because you’re overwashing your hair or using products that contain harsh surfactants like sulfates or parabens that can cause severe dryness and increase breakage. 


Written by Rhea Shah on Apr 19, 2024