One of the most quintessential features considered when determining physical beauty from the beginning of the world has been the human hair. In all of early European and classical Greek literature, comely women are described to possess well-tended, flowing blond or dark hair. With the developments of African themed literature, beauty came to include short kinky hair, which is a commonplace feature in African societies. It is thus, generally accepted that care for the hair is as important as it is meticulous.
In this article, we will proffer a number of hair damaging habits that you need to know (and stop, as the case may be) and solutions to reversing their effects to ensure a prettier, more alluring hair.
Frequent Use of Chemical Products
Firstly, with the proliferation of chemical hair care products in the hair care market, there has increased the possibility of damaging your hair. This comes by frequent use of some of these chemical products. Some of the components of these chemical products are necessary for hair care and guarantee exponential growth. There is a high possibility that some of these products may actually contain components and chemicals which are harmful.
Some of these chemicals are; ammonia, hydrogen peroxide. These are both found in hair dye and often result in hair thinning, sodium hydroxide which is found in hair relaxers leads to weakness, and scalp infection. Dihydrotestosterone or DHT which is often found in shampoos and can result in hair loss. To reduce the risk of losing your hair quality to these chemicals, regulate the amount of these products that you use. Try to use only products that guarantee the absence of these chemicals.
According to a study which has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, there is a strong relationship between hairstyles that pull the scalp and the development of alopecia or systemic hair loss. If you often wear braids, buns, tight ponytails and knots you may be at risk. In the process of tightening the hairstyle, the hair is loosened and becomes even more susceptible to falling off. Wear your hair a lot more loosely. Allow your hair down as much as possible. This way you help the hair relax. This helps to strengthen the base of the hair. Changing your hairstyle daily could go a long way in helping protect your hair from gradually falling off.
Too Frequent Washing
Using too much shampoo can suck up all the natural moisture. This may result in your hair drying up and breaking off. A lot of people wash their hair with shampoo as frequent as five times a week. An impressive amount of people wash their hair at least twice a day with heavy shampoo application. This is dangerous. This could damage your hair terribly. Wash your hair about three times weekly. If you use too many products or sweat too much, then wash your hair every two days. Use the right amount of shampoo for your type of hair and texture. This will add moisture to your hair and increase the beauty.
The natural oil or serum on your hair can be drained by the heat from a hot shower. This often results in the hair becoming brittle and dry. That can lead to hair breakage and hair falling out. Use your shower at a warm temperature. Reduce how much heat you allow on your hair. Do a round off with cold water to lock in the moisture. This is guaranteed to make your hair healthy and shiny. Pat dry your skin with a soft towel and avoid rubbing your hair vigorously.
Brushing Wet Hair
Hair is much more vulnerable and prone to breakage when it is brushed or combed in its wet stage. In its wet state, hair is fragile. Also, going to bed with wet hair can be a terrible idea. It could result in the hair becoming frizzed in the morning and this is due to the fact that the hair encounters friction from the pillow. It is more advisable to comb your hair before washing to reduce the possibility of it tangling. Dry your hair with a soft towel and let it dry before brushing it. Sleep with a satin pillowcase in order to reduce the risk of hair friction.
Swimming in Water with Chemicals
Due to the chemicals used to chlorinate public swimming pools, it is very likely to get hair discoloration from swimming in a public pool. More swimmers run the risk of exhibiting the symptoms of hair discoloration than non-swimmers. Avoid swimming in chlorinated water as much as possible. Use swim caps to protect your hair. Be sure to shower and shampoo your hair right after the swim. For the women who wear human hair bundles, you’d better remove it before swimming to avoid damage.
Finally, Unhealthy and unmonitored diets greatly contribute to bad hair and are considered as one of the most hair destructive habits people have. You must endeavor to include foods that are healthy, rich in protein, vitamin E and iron in your diet. Living on a junk food diet could lead to deficiencies in the nutrients which ensure hair strengthening and result in dull and brittle hair and hair thinning. Healthy food enriches the cells that facilitate hair growth and improve the strength of your hair.