9 Mistakes That Are Destroying Your Hair
Has your hair been hard to deal with lately? Too frizzy, dry, or dull?
Bad hair days suck, but they’re even worse when you realize that they happen because of habits that you’ve been keeping up. I’ve had my fair share of hair mistakes, so I know how that feels.
Take it from your resident Ionizer Guru: it’s not too late to make healthier decisions when it comes to your hair care routine!
Here are 9 common hair mistakes that you need to stop ASAP.
Yup, hair problems are annoying, but they don’t have to last forever.
1) Bathing with water that’s too hot
A heat-filled bath sounds like a great form of therapy after a tiring workday. The heat can soothe sore muscles, clear your nostrils, and warm your body… sounds like a perfect spa day to me.
However, it doesn’t mean that your hair will agree with you.
Quite the opposite, actually. Bathing with very hot water can make your hair oilier, increase frizz, and even cause breakage. It can also cause a build-up of dandruff!
To maintain good hair health, it’s best to shampoo and rinse with lukewarm water. You can also use cold water as a final rinse to close your pores and prevent damage.
2) Washing your hair too much
Whether or not you’re a germophobe, shampooing and conditioning consistently is probably part of your routine if you practice good hygiene.
But if your hair starts feeling and looking dry or even flat, you might be overdoing it. Washing your hair every day strips it of the natural essential oils that it needs to stay strong and healthy. There can be too much of a good thing, after all.
A good rule of thumb is to shampoo every other day and just rinse with plain water in between.
Still, when planning the number of times you need to wash your hair per week, remember that it depends on your hair type and thickness too.
3) Brushing wet and newly washed hair
For people with straight hair, don’t brush or comb it until it’s dry! Your hair is super fragile after it’s been washed, so the pores and cuticles need time to close. You’ll end up with breakage if you do this.
However, people with curly and textured hair can gently comb their hair while it’s wet. Be sure to use a wide-toothed comb to do the job.
Even cats need to be dry when they’re brushed!
4) Using too much heat when styling or drying
If you’re particular about how your hair looks and dries, you probably own a blow dryer at home. Maybe you use it every day, too, even on days when you don’t shampoo.
Using this device to help you style or dry your locks is fine. However, beware of turning the heat up every time you do this or else you’ll have to face the consequences of having split ends. Worse, you could even burn your strands!
When using a blow dryer, go for the cooler air settings. It might take a while before your hair dries, but it’ll be much healthier in the long run.
5) Towel drying your hair incorrectly
If you’re not the type to use a blow dryer after showering, maybe you prefer a towel instead. It seems like a good deal at first – it’s soft and absorbent. What could go wrong?
Apparently, a lot. Rub your wet hair too roughly, and you’ll risk damaging the cuticles, which leads to frizz and breakage. You could also give yourself some nasty split ends.
It helps to switch to a towel with softer material, like microfiber.
6) Sleeping with wet hair
Evening bathers, you might be tempted to wrap your hair in a towel and call it a night as you settle comfortably on your beds. Maybe some beauty sleep will do both your hair and skin some good, right?
Not really. Sleeping with wet hair causes friction, which leads to weaker strands that could break more easily. It can also make your hair frizzy in the morning, so you’ll be off to a Bad Hair Day even before you could style your locks.
Another thing: you could be putting yourself at risk for fungal infections on your scalp. So, if you keep this up, it’ll be hello, dandruff and dermatitis, and goodbye, clean, shiny hair.
7) Tying your hair too tightly
High ponytails might be trendy thanks to pop culture icons, but that doesn’t mean that your hair will want to hop on the craze.
If you’re a fan of wearing your hair high and proud every day, don’t! Doing this can cause your hairline to recede and even affect the volume and form of your hair. Before you know it, you’ll wake up with permanent helmet hair.
Try giving your hair a break by exploring other hairstyles that don’t tug at your roots and locks.
8) Using chemical-heavy products
A lot of us probably use loads of haircare products to achieve that celebrity-worthy look. While using products is an important part of preserving the good qualities of our hair, too much can again be too much.
These products with harsh chemicals are for intense but occasional cleaning. So, when you use them often, your hair could weaken over time. This could lead to scalp infections and hair loss.
Instead, get products that don’t contain sulfate and that use natural ingredients.
9) Showering with hard water
Do you do everything right but still don’t have the hair you want? Maybe the problem has to do with the hardness of your water.
Hard water is water that has an excessive buildup of minerals like calcium and magnesium. It’s what causes white scales in your pipes and faucets. Having too many of these minerals in your hair can give you frizz and dryness.
The best kind of water for your hair is mild acidic water. A top-rated water ionizer can give you that, so you might want to look into investing in one.
Getting a shower filter will do wonders with your water too.
The road to better hair and health doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes is nipping some bad habits in the bud and replacing them with better choices.
Trust me, your hair will thank you for it.
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Have you committed any of these common hair mistakes? What have you done to reverse the damage? Talk about it with us in the comments below!