We frequently harm our hair in our pursuit of wanting attractive hair. But, we do not know that most routine is damaging to our hair. Damaged hair is brittle and prone to breaking. We can end up with frizzy, unhealthy-looking hair as a result of hair breaking. We also may witness thinning hair or even go bald if we continue to do it. It is simple to keep your hair healthy, if you are aware of the common blunders and routines that can harm it. With the following pro tips and tricks, you may simply avoid worst hair damages.
Washing hair oftentimes or rarely
Let’s begin with the very basic routine mistake you do. When you wash your hair more than you need to, the natural oils that keep it healthy are stripped away, making it brittle and prone to breakage. While the habit of washing less frequently will also gain traction. Also, it causes oil to clog your scalp pores, attracting even more dirt and wreckage. To prevent it, you have to reduce your shampooing frequency to three to four times per week, in between applying a light application of dry shampoo to your roots and spread hair oils from root to tip with a boar bristle brush for more natural shine and conditioning.
Washing hair with burning hot water
The same hair damage that ironing tools or hair dryers cause can also occur when you raise the shower temperature up too high. If it is too hot to touch, it is probably too hot to wash your hair and it can be extremely harmful. It is fine to wash your hair with hot but not steaming water. This causes the cuticles of your hair to open up, ensuring that your strands are clean from the inside out. However, after conditioning, wash off with cold water to seal the cuticle. This gives your hair a healthy sheen that will stay till you wash it again.
Conditioning from hair roots
Starting at the midshaft of your hair and working your way to the ends is the ideal way of applying conditioner. Because the ends of your hair are the oldest, which means it has been on your head the longest, have the least amount of moisture, and are the most dead, that’s why it requires the most conditioning. It is also important to use the proper amount of conditioner. The amount you need is determined on the length, thickness, and texture of your hair. If you are really unsure, you can consider asking any hair saloon that you often go to.
Brushing wet hair after shower
Wet hair is not only thicker, but also more elastic and sensitive, causing the strands to break if you stretch it out with your brush. Instead, brush your hair before getting into the shower, especially if the hair has been covered with product like hair spray, gel, etc. Detangling your hair before you get it wet is essential to avoiding detangling later. Use a brush designed specifically for detangling delicate, damp hair, so it would not harm wet or dry hairs.
Using rough towel to dry hair
After stepping out of the shower, most people are accustomed to using a towel to wipe their entire body, including their hair. That is a big no. Do not stretch or pull that moist, fragile hair no matter how low maintenance you are. Twist it up in a beautiful, not too tight towel turban instead of forcefully tousling it. You can perform this either upside down or right-side up, depending on your comfort level. The goal is to remove as mush moisture as possible from your hair. The quickest way to do this is with a microfiber hair towel, though you might consider letting your hair air dry.
Tying up the wet hair
One of the practices that will destroy your hair is pulling in your hair back too quickly after washing it. To avoid damage, allow your hair to air dry before pulling it into a tiny ponytail or bun. If you cannot wait, massage a serum and leave in to soak in your hairs and only focus on applying it on the mid lengths and ends of hair. Then, you can braid your hair into a loose braid to prevent overstretching and snapping.
Switching colours too often
It may be exciting to switch up your style on a regular basis but dyeing your hair is a chemical process that can damage your strands. You must take breaks between your coloring spree to avoid more damages. As an alternative, hair extensions can transform your hair, adding dimension without the colour commitment, if at home, temporary hair colour is not enough of a hue shift. Get to know the reasons of you growing grey hair from your trusted hair stylist, if you are dyeing your hair to cover it.
Avoiding heat shield steps before using hot tools
You can consider a heat shield to be similar to a sunscreen. For instance, you would never lay in the sun without first applying sunscreen, right? Same as that, heat shields help protect your hair from heat damage, and also make it seem smooth and shining. If you are utilising a heat protector, make sure it is completely absorbed into your hair before using the hot tools.
Cutting your own hair at home
You may not have a choice in some situations, but cutting your hair at home would be the only solution for you. The fact, it is better to leave this to the pros. It is never an effective way and need to be avoided at all cost to cut your hair at home, otherwise, even a hair stylist may be unable to correct it or get the style you desire. It is also advisable to get regular trims as it is necessary for better hair growth. The longer you go without cutting your hair, the more split ends form. So, if you want to grow out your hair healthier, make sure to get a fast trim every 3 months.
Now, these few little changes can make you get more strong, shiny, and healthy hair that you have always desired. No more damaged hair!