Everyone desire to have healthy beautiful hair and most of you try to take good care of it by following daily hair care routine. Yet, some of your daily habits might be damaging your precious tresses, unknowingly. On this article, we’ll discuss the 9 bad habits that damage your hair and how to avoid those habits.
There is nothing more relaxing than a hot shower. Unfortunately, hot water is not suitable for shampooing your hair, as it can damage your hair and scalp. Hot water dehydrates your scalp and hair by stripping them of their natural oils, which makes your hair dry, dull, and brittle. Instead, it is better to use lukewarm water, when you wash your hair and cold water for the final rinse to lock in the moisture.
Brushing wet hair
You probably heard that million times, that you should not brush your hair while it’s still wet, but we can’t stress this enough – don’t brush wet hair! The reason behind that is, that hair strands are more vulnerable when they’re wet. In fact, brushing your hair while it’s still wet can cause hair breakage and split hair, which isn’t a cute look. The best practice is to brush your hair before you wash it, in order to reduce hair tangling; and after a shower, gently towel-dry your hair with soft or microfiber towel and let your hair air dry before you start brushing or styling it.
Brushing your hair the wrong way
So you already know you shouldn’t brush your hair while it’s still wet, but what else you could be doing wrong when you brush your hair? Well, first of all, you might be using the wrong hairbrush. Different hair types require different hair brushes. Wide-tooth combs are more suitable for thick and curly hair, while boar’s head bristle brushes are perfect for fine hair.
Second, you should pay attention to the way you brush your hair. Don’t brush large section of hair and don’t start combing from the top of your head. Instead, you should comb small sections of hair, starting first from the ends of hair, and then work your way up to the scalp to avoid hair breakage. Also, don’t over brush your hair, as the consistent friction can cause breakage and ends.
Hot hair styling tools
While these tools help you achieve your desired hairstyle, they can also severely damage your hair if you don’t use them correctly.
Before using any heat styling tool, it’s highly suggested to apply a heat protectant, that creates a protective barrier over the cuticle of your hair strand, which prevents heat damage.
When you use a hair dryer, you should use it in continues motion and keep it at a distance of 6 inches from your hair, to avoid hair burnout. If you choose to use other styling tools like a curling iron and hair straightener, you should always make sure you’re using them at the right heat setting for your hair type, as too much heat can cause hair breakage.
Wearing tight hairstyles
Tight ponytail, braid, or hair bun hairstyles create that sophisticated trendy look. However, these tight hairstyles put excessive tension on the hair follicles, so don’t make these tight hairstyles your go-to hairstyles. According to a study published in the American Academy of Dermatology, scalp pulling hairstyles can cause traction alopecia, which is a type of hair loss conditions that destroy the hair follicles permanently and make it impossible for hair to grow.
Keep your hair relaxed and healthy, by losing up your tied strands and try to wear your hair down whenever possible, especially when you sleep.
Washing your hair too often
Shampooing your hair keeps it fresh and clean as it removes dirt and excessive oils from your scalp. However, shampooing your hair also removes the natural oils, that nourish your hair and scalp. Meaning, excessive hair wash dries out the natural oils of your scalp, which results in dryness and hair breakage.
If you’re using a lot of hair products or you’re sweating, you should wash your hair every 2 days. Otherwise, washing your hair 3 times a week is more than enough.
Using hair products that contain harsh chemicals
Sadly, harsh chemicals are not rare in hair products. Chemicals like parabens, hydrogen peroxide, sodium hydroxide, and DHT can cause scalp irritation and infection, weakness and thinning of the hair and even hair loss. To reduce the hair damage caused by those chemicals, avoid using hair products that contain harmful ingredients, and instead choose natural, homemade or organic hair products, that will clean and nourish your hair in a healthy way.
Avoiding hair trimming
We know how hard it can be to grow your hair tresses, but avoiding regular hair trimming won’t help you achieve your desired look. Hair trimming keeps your hair healthy as it removes the dry and split hair strands. It also prevents split ends from splitting all the way up your hair shaft and causing more damage to your hair.
You probably already know that you’re what you eat, and just like your general health, your hair is also affected by your diet. Consuming unhealthy foods on a regular basis leads to lack of nutrients, which can result in hair thinning and loss.
Hair is mostly made of protein and other nutrients, so eating healthy natural foods, that are rich with protein, minerals, vitamin B, vitamin C, Vitamin E, iron and zinc is essential for strong and healthy hair growth.
Keeping your hair healthy and sleek doesn’t only depend on the good things you do for your hair, but also on avoiding bad habits that damage your hair. Whether you were doing it unknowingly or not, you should definitely stop those bad habits now, in order to ensure prettier, stronger and healthier hair.