8 Things You Do that Damage Your Hair
Read on for eight things you’re doing (maybe right now) that are damaging your hair.
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I’m a hair fanatic.
I take my hair very seriously and I also appreciate a great head of hair on someone else.
If I’m having a bad hair day, I’m in a funky mood, constantly checking myself in the mirror to see how bad my hair looks, desperately trying to find a way to make it look better.
When I see people with gorgeous, shiny locks, I envy them; and I want to immediately know every detail of their hair care.
So on that note, it only makes sense that I’ve done my fair share of hair research to find the best product, mask, cut, blowdryer for my hair type.
It’s only right that I share my hair knowledge with all of my fellow twenty-somethings who crazily care for hair as much as I do.
Read on for the eight things you’re doing that are damaging your hair.
1.Brushing Wet Hair
If you haven’t heard already, hair is most fragile when it’s wet, regardless of your hair type.
It’s prone to breakage when sopping wet right out of the shower. Brushing your wet hair will only cause breakage, resulting in seriously frizzy split ends.
Swap out your regular brush for a wide tooth comb.
Wet is Not Best
You’ll thank me in a few years for this swap.
2. Wrong Shampoo & Conditioner
Whether you have colored treated hair, wave coarse hair, or fine straight hair, there is a shampoo and conditioner meant for your hair type.
If you have thin hair, you don’t want a heavy cleansing conditioner to weigh down your hair.
However, if your hair is on the wavier, coarser side, a cleansing conditioner is just what you need to keep your strands hydrated.
Also, regardless of your hair type, read the ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner. Look for brands are sulfate and paraben free. We don’t need those pesky chemicals in our hair or scalp. Try these two sulfate-free cleansers.
3. Washing Hair Too Often
Hello, dry shampoo!
If you’re late on the dry shampoo bandwagon, stop what you’re reading and do a Google search.
I have thick, wavy hair, so I can go a full week without washing my hair, thanks to dry shampoo.
Washing your hair too often strips away those natural oils you have lingering in your hair. Everyone freaks out when these oils come to the surface, crying over oily hair, but they're good for your hair.
Don't Freak Out
Washing your hair everyday actually causes your hair to produce even more oils, so it’s just a vicious cycle of oily hair. Try washing your hair everyday, and increase the amount of days in between washes from there.
4. Too Long Between Trims
I get you on this one, because I really used to hate having to cut my slow-growing hair.
It would take me forever to grow it long and once my hair finally reached my desired length, it was time for a trim.
However, going five to six months without trimming my ends was only stumping my hair’s growth.
Now I trim my hair every eight to twelve weeks and I’ve noticed such a difference in not only how much faster it grows, but how much less frizzy it is without those damaged ends.
5. Not Changing Up Your Hair Care
It’s important to change up your hair care regimen, the same way you might change up your skin care routine.
Have a few different options for your tresses.
Keep a variety of hair masks and leave in conditioners ready.
Mix it Up
If your hair gets too used to the same products, the products stop being as effective.
6. Picking the Wrong Products
For the same reasons we need to use shampoos and conditioners that are specific to our hair type, you should pick hair products that work best for your hair type.
If your hair is on the thicker side, try using a serum since it’s thicker and heavier to combat frizz and dryness.
If you have thinner hair, try a cream product instead of a serum or oil, or you hair will look like a flat mess.
7. Towel Drying Wet Hair
Towel drying hair is the worst.
If you read my first rule, you now know that wet hair is super fragile. Rubbing a terrycloth towel breaks the hair cuticle and causes major frizz.
Use a 100 percent cotton t-shirt instead of a towel to wrap your wet fresh-out-of-the-shower hair in. This will help eliminate frizz and breakage.
8. No Love For Your Hair
Even if you rarely use heating tools, you get trims often, and your hair looks healthy, it probably isn’t.
Hair masks, deep conditioners, and hot oil treatments are so essential to having healthy hair.
You only need to do a hair treatment once a week so I think you can spare the time.
Love your Hair
If you don’t feel like spending $20 on a hair mask, no worries. Coconut oil is amazing for your hair and split ends.
Rub the melted oil all over dry hair at night, sleep with it in a bun, and wash it out in the morning. Voila! Beautiful, shiny, (actually) healthy hair.