There are literally so many bad hair habits we’re not even realising because we do so much with our hair nowadays. Bleaching them or chemically treating them just to name a few. However, we’ve outlined the worst culprits that could be even unintentionally ruining your hair. Once hair damage occurs it can be a neverending nightmare and a constant cycle of damage and breakage if not stopped. Fortunately, many of these can be easily fixed as long as you take careful steps to prevent it from happening in the future.
Overprocessing and colour damage
If you’ve spent a lot of time at the salon getting your hair dyed ever so often you already know what we mean. All that chemical processing can cause irreversible damage to your hair. Of course with new innovations hitting the market not all colour treatments will wreck your hair as much but they are still anything but harmless. Don’t even get us started on chemical styling like smoothening or perm treatments. These chemicals damage the hair shafts and make the porous which can eventually over time lead to extreme breakage. This is why aftercare is so important. You need to keep your hair constantly hydrated to repair any damage. Use products like deep conditioning masks or daily leave-in products to replenish your locks and treat then with care.
Excessive heat styling
What’s that noise? Oh, it’s your strands frying between the straighteners 400-degree plates. Hot tools are notorious culprits that suck moisture out of your strands. I don’t care what the label on the box says at the end of the day, any heated beauty tools cause real hair damage and overusing it is the worst. The key to limiting the damage is to avoid using them on the highest heat setting when possible and try minimising the number of times in a week your ironing or curling your hair. And hey why not take this opportunity to try different updos or braided hairstyles on days you’re giving that iron a break.
Of course, it’s important to recognise your mane type in this process too! Thick or coarser hair can handle a bit more heat whereas finer mane textures should keep to lower settings. And lest we forget the most important point of all, do not forget to use a heat protectant product! A heat protectant works to create a barrier for your hair shaft and helps seal moisture. Trust us, it is not worth skipping this crucial step in the long run!
Drying Mane with a towel
Ditch your regular bath towel. Yes seriously! Using the wrong towel after a washes with coarse texture can seriously hurt your locks when it’s at their most vulnerable state. A rough towel can cause more friction, frizzy hair that can result in breakage. Instead, use a plush microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt. These fabrics will be more soft and gentle on the strands plus help dry your hair faster.
Over washing or under washing your hair
When deciding how often to wash your hair it, of course, depends on your mane type and texture or even what it’s asking of you that day—it really is a fine balance! Because shampoo can strip the hair of its natural oils you should avoid washing your hair every day. Instead, try 2-3 days or go even longer if possible and use a good dry shampoo in between.
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