Every girl wants gorgeous hair. Whether you are a blonde addicted to dying your hair and going for long mermaid locks or a brunette rocking the pixie cut — most of us have habits that are totally ruining our hair health. If you’re like most girls, you probably don’t even know all of the terrible things you’re doing to your hair!
In fact, you may even think you’re taking really good care of your hair and not realizing that some of your day to day habits are what’s causing your frustrations with your hair. If you’re ready to take better care of your hair and keep it looking thick and beautiful, the first thing you need is to realize the things you’re doing that are ruining your hair.
Taking good care of your hair involves a combination between internal care of your body that supports hair growth and external haircare practices and habits. If you want to support your body to grow strong healthy hair and not even have to think about it, try Feelz Good Hairessence All Natural Hair Growth Formula.
1. Brushing Your Hair When It’s Wet
Yep, what you’ve heard is true. Brushing your hair when it’s wet is a terrible idea. Hair gets weaker when it’s wet and is more susceptible to breakage. You may think this only applies to longer locks but don’t be fooled! If you have a short, more structured cut, breakages will mess up the look of your hair and make you need to go in for touch ups much sooner.
Similarly, avoid roughly towel drying hair after your shower. All that tossling on fragile, wet hair won’t do you any good.
Ideally, wait until hair is totally dry and spray with a light leave-in conditioner to help remove tangles and brush it out.
2. Using The Wrong Hair Ties
Ever get totally overwhelmed in hair aisle at the grocery store? Forget about the thousands of options for shampoo and products, choosing hair ties alone can be a battle! When choosing a hair tie, go for something thicker and softer to avoid it pinching and breaking hair.
The old-fashioned scrunchies might be totally out of style but those 1980’s ladies knew what was up when it came to protecting their hair for big, full hairstyles.
Skinny hair ties or anything with super tight elastic or metal pieces can catch on hair and cause pulling and breaking.
3. Sleeping With Your Hair Up
Not only will you wake up with all kinds of kinks and crease lines, you’re also likely to pull out hair that hasn’t reached the end of its growth cycle and put uneven amounts of pull and pressure on different parts of your hair.
If you have very long hair that gets in the way when you’re sleeping, consider something like a loose braid to get hair of the way without putting strain on roots.
4. Too Tight Hairstyles
A nice tight, slick braid, ponytail, or bun can look sleek and stylish. But is it worth the harmful effects? Wearing a tight hairstyle can damage hair by causing breakages and can also lead to hair loss by putting tension on the scalp. Also, tight hairstyles have a tendency to cause headaches or general neck and head pain and tension. Best to save these styles for a special occasion and stick to something loose on the day-to-day.
5. Using Products Full Of Chemicals
Many hair products are loaded with toxic chemicals that are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream when applied to the hair and scalp. But not only do these chemicals have a negative impact on our overall health, they also have the potential to damage and dry out hair. Many of these chemicals strip hair of its natural oils, causing it to dry out faster and cause more breakage and split ends. But also, certain chemicals can actually damage hair follicles or block them leading to long-term issues with hair regrowth. A 2004 study found that many hair and body products found on the market have lack safety data and many have been linked to health issues during animal testing, and yet are still available on the market today. To be on the safe side, check all hair products for the list of harmful chemicals below and consider shopping at a natural grocery store for hair products with clean ingredients.
6. Not Taking The Right Supplements
Let’s face it… most of us have a far from perfect diet. If you’re like most adult humans, you’re busy! And it’s not always easy to remember whether or not you’ve eaten the full list of nutrients you need to stay healthy and keep your hair growing strong and beautiful. So often, supplementation is just necessary. It’s way easier to take a daily vitamin than it is to sit and try to count up grams of protein you’ve eaten in a day. For an awesome all in one option that will help keep your hair growing and healthy check out Feelz Good Hairessence All Natural Hair Growth Formula.
7. Eating The Wrong Diet
A lot can be done by adding in the right supplements but without a healthy and balanced diet, your hair will likely suffer. According to the Trichological Society, our diets need a good balance of protein, veggies, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats in order for our hair to thrive. Even conditions like mild anemia (which is extremely common among women) can lead to issues with hair loss.
8. Washing Hair in Hot Water
Although a nice warm shower is a completely acceptable way to wash hair, using too hot water can cause serious hair damage. It can actually hurt the roots of your hair causing hair loss. Warm water helps open hair shaft and cold water closes them. So ideally, you want to wash your hair in warm water but when you condition, rinse with cold in order to close that hair shaft and help protect it from breakage.
9. Bleaching Your Hair
This one might seem obvious but bleaching your hair is one of the absolute worst things you can do to your hair! It can actually change the structure of your hair follicle, making it weak, susceptible to breakage, dry looking, and frizzy. It may look nice right after you get it done but if you’re struggling to grow hair or get the sleek look you’re going for, lay off the hair dye and see what happens.
10. Not Using Heat Protection
We all know that too much heat on hair can cause long-term damage. In fact, a study done on the effects of blow dryer use showed that using a hair dryer consistently caused significant damage to the surface area of hair shafts. But we all need to style our hair at least sometimes and there are ways to do it safely. Many products called “heat protectants” help to save hair from all of the styling we do by creating a film over hair that makes it heat more slowly and distributes the heat more evenly across hair. If you’re addicted to your straightener or curling iron, invest in a good heat protectant right away.
11. Swimming In Chlorinated Pools With Dry Hair
Hair is extremely absorbent and soaks water (and chlorine) right up. When you jump into a chlorinated pool with dry hair, your hair soaks up all of the chemicals which can cause serious damage. If you want to protect your hair, all you have to do is get it wet with regular water before hopping in the pool. And you can even use your heat protection products to put a little coat over hair to help protect it while swimming.
12. Getting Too Much Sun
We all want that natural, summery, sun-bleached look of natural highlights — but the sun could be damaging and drying out your hair. Consider wearing a hat when spending extended amounts of time in the sun to help protect your hair from the drying effects of the harsh sun.
13. Never Cleaning Brushes
How long have you had your hairbrush? Have you ever cleaned it? Most girls don’t even know that they need to do this! But all kinds of debris and residue can build up on hair brushes and they need to be cleaned somewhat regularly otherwise you’re just putting all of that gross stuff back into your hair when you brush it. To clean brushes, simply soak them in a solution of baking soda and water and let air dry before use. Repeat once a month.
14. Using The Wrong Shampoo
We know it can be overwhelming to choose from seemingly endless options of shampoos on the market. If you’re like most girls, you’ve probably used a trial and error method of trying to find a shampoo that works for you. And not all shampoos are alike! So it really does matter which type you choose. If you’re confused or overwhelmed, try asking your stylist what they would classify as your hair type during your next appointment and then do some research to find a shampoo with good reviews and clean ingredients that’s made for your particular texture and look.
15. Skipping Deep Conditioning Treatments
You know those deep conditioning treatments stylists are always trying to sell you on? Well, if you use any kind of dye on your hair, they are pretty much essential. Dying hair dries it out and weakens it and when you do a deep conditioning treatment it helps re-strengthen the hair shaft helping protect it from breakage and split ends. But even if you don’t use hair colors, these treatments can make your hair sleek, shiny, and smooth for up to several weeks after you get them done and can be a real game-changer in adding ease to your daily styling.
16. Washing Hair Too Frequently
According to one nationwide survey, 50% of American Women wash their hair every single day. If you’re the oily type, we totally get it. But that said, most stylists agree that somewhere around twice a week is actually a healthier number. Washing hair daily can go two directions – causing dry and brittle hair or causing hair to overproduce oils because it’s constantly being stripped of the natural ones. If you’re struggling to find the balance, invest in some high quality dry shampoo while your hair adjusts and consider switching to a gentler shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair of all of its natural oils.
17. Picking At Split Ends
We hope this one is obvious but since we still see girls doing it, it still needs to be said! When you start getting splits, it’s time for a trim. If you pick at your split ends you’ll often make them worse and cause the split to travel up the hair causing even more damage. If you find yourself picking, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your stylist.
18. Styling Hair Every Day
This goes back to the danger of using too much heat on your hair as well as those tight hairstyles. Both can be bad for hair when used too often. Consider switching up your hair routine day to day going from a wash and a style to wearing it down for a couple of day, then a day or of a loose, comfortable updo, and then back to another wash. This rotation will help you keep a good balance of use of heat as well as a balance on not over washing or wearing too many tight ponytails.
19. Overusing Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a wonderful resource, especially if you’re working on cutting down the number of washes you do per week. But it also shouldn’t be overused! Too much dry shampoo can cause buildup that can clog hair follicles and can lead to “hair pain” where the root of hair becomes stiff and makes scalp feel painful.
20. Getting Bored Quickly
Boredom is the catalyst for many extreme hair makeovers. We’re always trying to transform our look by trying new cuts and colors. But too many changes can be detrimental to the health of your hair. Particularly if you tend to dye and re-dye it different shades. If you’re looking to switch it up but want to keep your hair healthy, consider playing with things like extensions, hair accessories like feathers or headbands, or even a wig for fun events! And let your natural hair stay healthy.
And if you’re trying to recover hair from one too many bad choices, try supplementing with Feelz Good Hairessence All Natural Hair Growth Formula to return your hair to it’s thick and luscious texture.
It’s a lot of work at times to be a girl and keep our hair looking good all of the time. But you don’t have to spend a ton of time or money to develop a healthy and attractive hair routine. Do some experimenting to find out what wash and style routine can work for your hair and consider switching any chemical filled products with more natural options. And don’t forget that health and nutrition play a role as well! Focus on a balanced diet and the right supplements and your hair will be looking like mermaid locks before you know it.
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