We all want healthy, luscious hair, but some of our habits may stand in the way. Here are 5 common mistakes you should avoid:
Washing hair too often
Washing your hair everyday or twice a day can damage your hair. By doing so, you strip away too much of the natural oil found in hair, which leads to dry, brittle and easy to break hair. In addition, if you dye your hair, washing it causes the colour to fade. This happens every time you wash your hair, so if you want your shade to stay rich longer, don’t wash it too often. If you still want to wash your hair daily, then just skip the shampoo for a day to give your hair a break.
By blowdrying your hair daily, especially if you use more heat tools like curling or straightening irons, you may be burning your hair. Heat causes cuticles to open leading to dry and weak hair. When you blow dry, use the coolest setting and don’t keep the blow dryer too close to you hair. And before using any heating tools, apply a thermal protector spray to your hair.
Brushing too much
Brushing your hair stimulates the scalp, improves blood circulation and distributes oil along the length of the hair. However, brushing too often could lead to hair vulnerable to breakage. The same could happen if your brush wet hair, which is more fragile than dry hair. When your hair is wet, use a wide-tooth comb instead.
Not cutting your hair regularly
Not trimming your hair regularly can lead to split ends.
Pulling back your hair in a pony tail damages your hair, making it vulnerable to breakage. Pulling hair too tightly for a long period of time can cause traction alopecia (permanent hair loss). If you want to wear a ponytail make sure you apply a leave-in conditioner, and don’t tie it too tightly.
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