What do we do when you find your hair is being damaged?
We run for all possible “treatments”, try every bottle of “magic” potion that claims to treat the damage, fret over everything and end up in being distressed and upset!
Very few of us try to assess if any of our habit or practice is persistently damaging the hair. And as goes the thumb rule, if we don’t correct the source of damage, we will continue to be in the vicious circle of damage-to-damage-control.
Here’s what you might be doing that is totally trashing your hair:
Infusing hair with too many chemicals
The most common cause of hair damage in the modern world! Too many artificial chemicals are bad for any part of your body, and your hair is no exception. Too much coloring, relaxing, rebonding can cause breakage and damage. Make sure you keep the number of chemical processes to a minimum, and establish a routine that involves preventative care before undergoing chemical treatments. When you arrive at the salon for any treatment, always tell your stylist about any prior treatments, even if they didn’t work out. They would know what precautions to take. But even after everything, you can’t deny chemical treatments cause damage. Period!
Trying to bleach or highlight your hair, yourself.
A trained stylist knows it best. If you’re trying to do ombré look or give yourself highlights at home, and your hair comes out looking more yellow than what you were going for, you might be tempted to go out and buy another box, thinking you’re going to give it another go. Don’t! You could end up frying off your hair and making it fall out in the end, which is not only terrible but also unfixable.
Using an unsuitable hair tie.
You might still be using an elastic with the metal fasteners that hold the hair tie together, or, unfortunately, a rubber band to put your hair up, but these types of hair binders will only rip out your hair when you try to take them out. Instead, get one that is made entirely out of fabric or one that isn’t held together with a small metal piece. And never, never and never use a general rubber band to pull your hair up — they’re your hair’s worst enemy, when it comes to breakage.
Pulling your hair up to the same position.
If you normally put your hair in a ponytail or bun in the exact same spot every day, you can actually cause surface breakage in that area. What happens over time is that your hair will start to get weaker and break off in that. To avoid this situation, change your ponytail (or bun) placement.
Pulling your hair back too tightly.
Over time this can cause breakage to the hairline since you’re essentially putting a lot of tension on your hair at the root. Sporting these styles puts excessive tension on the hair follicles, damaging them and creating scars that destroy them permanently. This results in “traction alopecia” that is receding hairline, a condition that permanently weakens the follicle and makes it impossible for hair to grow.. If you have a frail hairline, opt for looser styles.
Never brushing your hair.
Brushing your hair invigorates the blood in your scalp, bringing it to the follicle. And the healthier the follicle is, the healthier and more lustrous your hair will look.
Combing your wet hair with a fine comb.
You always want to use a paddle brush or wide-tooth comb when you’re trying to detangle your hair after you shower. Minimize post-shower brushing by combing before hair gets wet. Then, blot (don’t rub!) hair with a soft towel after your shower.
Our strands are never more fragile than when they’re saturated with water. Brushing or combing locks in the shower, then following with aggressive towel-drying, create the perfect scenario for snapping it off.
Taking steamy showers
Hot water dehydrates strands (just like skin), leading to dry, brittle hair that’s more prone to snap and fall out. When you are washing with hot water your hair’s protective oils wash out and the root faces irreparable damage
Take the temp down a few degrees. Opt for a warm shower, and try to rinse hair with the coolest temperature possible.
Using hot styling tools
Scorching temperature damage the proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. Once the cuticle is damaged, the moisture balance is disrupted and your hair is more prone to breakage. Limit your hot tool usage, even your blow-dryer, to two or three times a week, and start with the coolest setting possible. Always apply a heat-protection spray, which creates a thermal barrier to reduce friction.
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Skipping heat protectant products when you style.
As a continuation of the point mentioned just above, these products nourish as they style and put a barrier between the plates of the hot tool and your inner core of your hair shaft that keeps it strong. Some even contain UV filters, which help shield UV rays from sun damage that makes your hair porous, ultimately making hair rough and dry.”
Starving yourself of the necessary nutrients forces the body to direct its energy towards essential functions—like helping your heart and brain work—rather than making hair. In fact, when diagnosing anorexics, one of the top symptoms is severe hair loss. Fad diets are not balanced diet. If your diet is not balanced, even the best products will not give you any result.
Eat a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein like fish, chicken, lentils and beans. Hair is primarily made of protein, so aim for around 46 grams per day (or about 25 to 30% of your total calories).
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Using long-lasting hold styling products
If your hairspray or gel may claimall-day mega-holdbut they’re damaging your hair. These are usually high in alcohol, which makes hair dry and brittle. Once you comb or brush your hair, that residue causes the hair to break and fall out.
Skip any products that make hair stiff or sticky. Instead, opt for softer-hold solutions like styling creams that retains hair’s moisture level intact and don’t create friction when brushing.
Still better, avoid, styling products whenever you can. At least give some rest day/s in a week.
Scratching your head
Itchy scalp (like that caused by seborrheic dermatitis) may result in hair loss due to scratching-induced hair damage at the roots.
Relieve the itch with a shampoo that contains selenium, zinc pyrithione, or tea tree oil that soothe your scalp and also eliminate minor infections. If over-the-counter products don’t help, urgently check with a dermatologist; he can prescribe antifungal shampoo or cortisone foam or any other medication specific to your scalp condition.
Not washing hair often enough
Dry shampoo is a staple in most of our beauty stashes; it’s easier than ever to skip a few days between washing. Feels convenient? Yes!! But unfortunately, not so great for your hair. A buildup of product, dirt, sebum on the scalp will clog hair follicles, and that is everything but healthy for your hair.
There’s nothing wrong with skipping shampoo for a day. But if it becomes a habit, product residue, dirt, and oil can clog pores in the scalp. Be sure to wash your hair every two days, especially if you’re sweating or using lots of products.
In case any of these are part of your routine, change! And let your gorgeous mane flow!
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