In our quest for beautiful hair, we often do things that damage our hair. Damaged hair is fragile, so it tends to break. Hair breakage can leave us with frizzy, unhealthy-looking hair. If we continue to damage our hair, we may eventually see thinning hair or even bald spots.
The good news is that simple changes can prevent further hair damage. On this page, you’ll find 10 common hair-care practices that can damage hair and dermatologists’ tips that can help you to stop damaging your hair.
Rubbing Shampoo Into The Length Of The Hair
Gently massage shampoo into your scalp. When you rinse the shampoo from your scalp, let it flow through the length of your hair and resist the temptation to rub it into your hair. If you have applied oil to the whole length of your hair, then just gently massage the length in soft strokes.
Skipping The Conditioner
Using a good quality conditioner after every shampoo is important. Conditioning the hair restores the oils in the hair and makes it soft and silky. Usually after you shampoo your hair, it’s soaking wet, making it hard for the conditioner to stay on. Instead gently squeeze all the excess water out of your hair before you begin applying the conditioner, and then leave it on for about 2-3 minutes, to see the conditioner work its magic in your hair.
Rubbing Your Hair Dry With A Towel
Instead of vigorously rubbing your hair to dry it, wrap your hair in a towel to absorb the water. Let your hair air dry.
Brushing Your Hair While It’s Still Wet
Never brush your hair while its still wet. This leads to a lot of hair breakage since the hair is most vulnerable. I have been using L’Oreal Professionnel XTenso Care Serum
to tone down the fizz and minimise the breakage. Let it air dry atleast 50% and then use a wide-tooth comb to start off with.
Using Styling Tools & Products
Regularly using a blow dryer does contribute to hair damage. Let your hair air dry when possible. In case you need to use it, use the lowest heat setting. Limit the time you apply heat to your hair via a hair dryer or straightner or curler. Using styling products such as long hold hair spray, mousse or gels also damages the hair. Restrict the use of these tools and products only for special occasions or need basis.
Colouring, Perming, or Relaxing Your Hair
Dying your hair can cause hair damage. Try to add more time between touch-ups, especially when the air is dry. In the winter, try to stretch the time between touch-ups to every 8 to 10 weeks or longer.
All these tips will just help to stop you from damaging your hair. But the damage thats been done needs to be fixed. You need to follow a very good hair care routine to bring back the life into the hair. This post on How To Control Hair Fall – Tips And Homemade Remedies
covers many other aspects of hair care.