There are a lot of big things that can cause hair damage, such as the aggressive use of bleach, constant pulling and tugging, or getting a bit too “creative” with the scissors. However, a lot of people can face hair problems thanks to a bunch of smaller issues that add up over time. Without recognizing and correcting these bad habits, it can be difficult to maintain appropriate hair care. Consider the following bad hair habits and see if you might be unwittingly following one or more.
1. Bad Shower Habits
You may already know that it is a bad idea to wash your face with hot water since it can dehydrate the skin. The same principle applies to your scalp and hair as well. Not only will regular hot showers dry out your head, they can also result in an overproduction of oils. Another unfortunate habit is scrubbing your hair with a towel to dry it off. Remember that wet hair is more fragile and the scrubbing motions you use when drying can promote hair damage and breakage in this state. This is also why wrapping your wet hair in a towel is a big no-no too. A good alternative is to press gently with the towel to gently absorb water.
2. Wearing Hair Tightly
Whether you wear your hair in a tight bun, ponytail, or top knot, regularly pulling your hair into a tight style can cause hair loss over time. The reason is that the friction and tugging motions involved in setting up these styles can cause stress on the follicles and result in a condition called traction alopecia. You should pay attention to how you release your hair from tight styles as well. Ever pulled out a hair tie and seen strands clinging to it? Not all of those will grow back. The most obvious way to avoid making your hair fall out from this is to simply not wear it in tight styles. Alternatively, you can opt for gentler methods whenever you put your hair up. Avoid elastics and ties with glued or metal parts in favor of scrunchies.
3. Brushing Wet Hair
Brushing your hair when it’s wet makes it easier to untangle the strands, but it also makes it easier to cause damage. As mentioned earlier, wet hair is more fragile, and this vulnerability makes it easier for hair brushes to cause breaks and splits. This can be mitigated by switching up your hair care routine slightly and opting for a comb (ideally wide-toothed) rather than a brush and staying gentle during the process. You can also dry your hair a little beforehand so that it isn’t as vulnerable but is still damp enough to make combing easier.
4. Too Much Heat
Blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons are popular hair care tools, but it’s important to remember that too much of anything can become a problem. All three of these tools make use of very high levels of heat, which can lead to breaks and make the hair more prone to falling out. The good news is that you have a few options for adjusting your hair care approach that can keep your hair protected while still letting you use your favorite device. Keeping the heat on the lowest setting will often be enough for maintaining regular use, though you should avoid bringing the hair dryer too close to the scalp. Straighteners and curling irons should be used sparingly if possible, or at least with days off in between their uses.
5. Using the Wrong Shampoo or Conditioner
Not all hair products are created equal, and some might be causing more hair problems than they are solving. Take a look at the ingredients in your preferred shampoo or conditioner and look for things like alcohol, artificial fragrances, parabens, and sulfates. These are all harsh ingredients that can result in hair damage over time. Also keep an eye on whether your conditioner contains proteins. Although protein can strengthen your hair, this can also result in making the strands hard and brittle if done to excess.
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