Having a thick mane of hair gives our confidence a boost. It makes us look more attractive. Losing our hair can be very stressful. Our self-esteem usually takes a hit when we have a bad hair day. Likewise, a good hair day gives an extra bounce to our step. We do everything we can to protect our precious locks. Sometimes the stuff you do with good intent may backfire and unintentionally harm your hair.
Here are 8 ways in which you are hurting your hair without even realizing it
- Blow Drying Your Hair
Heat Styling definitely has its benefits. You can tame and tease your hair and make it look any way you want. It is a common misconception that blow drying your hair can damage your hair and air drying your hair is the only way forward for maintaining good hair.
The truth is, blow drying and other heat styling products can severely damage your hair if you do it the wrong way. According to experts, the best way of drying hair is to let it mostly air dry and then blow dry your hair at medium heat. Do not blow dry your roots. Instead, hold the dryer at an angle from the scalp to get the best look.
- Frequent Washing
Keeping your hair clean is one thing. But, washing it every day will do more harm than good. It will strip your hair of natural oils and forces your scalp even more oil to overcompensate the loss. You will have to wash your hair again to wash-off the grease. You will end up in a never-ending vicious circle with your hair eventually thinning out. Twice every week is a good number when it comes to cleaning hair with shampoo.
- Brushing Wet Hair
When hair is wet, it is weaker, fragile and more susceptible to breakage. It is advisable not to rough-dry your hair with a towel. Likewise, overbrushing your hair while it is wet, will do no favors for your hair. Wait for your hair to become almost dry before running the comb through it. Also, don’t skip detangling products if you want to avoid frizz and tangle.
- Poor Diet
Not getting enough vitamins can hamper your hair health. If the underlying reason for your hair loss is poor diet, then no amount of products can save your hair. On the bright side, if it is indeed due to lack of proper vitamins, once you correct your diet your hair will grow back with vigor. Think twice about your hair before starting a fad diet.
- Not Giving Your Hair A Break
Constant styling, bleaching, and coloring can absolutely take a huge toll on your hair. Your vision of sporting fiery sunset hair or unicorn hair means repeated bleaching sessions. If you aren’t the kind of person to step up and do regular conditioning and treatments, maybe it is best if you stick to your natural hair color.
- Curling Iron
The heat of the curling iron can rapidly dry out your hair. Heat styling products are literally frying your hair. If you are a frequent user of the curling iron, make sure to use masque conditioners to keep the moisture in.
If the increased risk of cancer and heart disease do not prompt you to quit smoking, here is something that might induce you to stop this time. Several studies suggest smoking can lead to premature graying and hair loss.
- Not Changing Shampoo
Fierce brand loyalty to your favorite shampoo may not be the best thing for your hair. According to hair experts, you should change your shampoo and conditioner seasonally. Tailor your shampoo preference according to the seasons, moisturize in Summer and volumize in Winter.