We all know how hard it can be to have healthy, long hair. Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is just avoid bad things rather than adapting new routines or foods. Here are ten things that are destroying your hair, scalp, and hair follicles.
1. Waiting Too Long Between Haircuts
Let’s start with an easy one. All those split ends at the end of your hair are very bad for it. Getting a trim on the ends of your hair really helps your hair get healthier again. I know it’s hard to see how long your hair is and then go to get it cut off, but it will help it grow faster afterwards and keep it strong and healthy.
2. Using Heat
Using heat on your hair (hair dryers, hair straighteners, hair curlers, etc.). It dries out your hair and causes breakage and damage. Styling your hair or blow drying it after a shower dehydrates and causes split ends.
3. Swimming With Dry Hair
Jumping into a chlorine filled pool is very bad for your hair. Your hair absorbs the chlorine when you’re swimming, which causes your hair to become brittle. Before going swimming, rinse your hair with cold water to help it protect itself from the chlorine.
4. Sleeping on a Cotton Pillow
Cotton or a dry/scratchy fabric pillow can cause frizz and split ends. Try replacing your pillow cases with something softer than doesn’t rub against your head as much. Silk and satin are good replacements, and you can always use synthetic fabrics as well, just as long as you can easily slide your head along the pillow.
5. Brushing Your Hair While It’s Wet
Your hair is at it’s most vulnerable, weakest point when wet. It is easy to damage, and pulling along knots with a hair brush can pull out your hair and cause damage at the ends.
6. Too Much Sun
Too much sun can dehydrate your hair, causes damage and breakage. Try using a sun protectant on your hair next time you go to the beach, or make sure to use hair creams once back home.
7. Keeping Your Hair in a Ponytail
When you put your hair into a ponytail, it pulls on the roots and scalp, causing damage. The tighter the ponytail, the worse it is. Even more, thin hair bands irritate your hair and cause breakage. If you need to pull your hair back, use a thick hair band covered in fabric, or even a scrunchy. It won’t irritate your hair as much, however it will still pull on your roots and scalp.
8. Showering Too Often
Steamy showers wash away your hair and heads natural oils which can lead to dandruff and cause your scalp to overproduce oil. Not to mention, the more you wash your hair, the faster it gets greasier, thus the more you need to wash it, creating a vicious, unhealthy cycle.
9. Scratching Your Head
Scratching your head not only damages your hair, but also your cuticle. Once your cuticle is damaged, your hair fibre will be prone to breakage, as the cuticle is not fit to create strong, healthy hair.
10. Excessive Brushing and With the Wrong Brush
Really, brushing your hair at all is bad for it, but so is letting get all tangled. Try to avoid hair brushes with the plastic balls at the end, and go for a more bristly brush. When brushing your hair, start at the roots and brush down, then slowly working your way up, that way you’re not carrying knots down into other knots. Or even better, try replacing your hair brush with a wide toothed comb, which will please your hair much more.