For many women, a full head of hair is the ultimate #hairgoal—and why wouldn’t it be? It’s literally your crown! Having a good hair day every day not only keeps you looking gorgeous round the clock, but it also makes you feel good. Whether you like to keep your hair long or short, your hair is your secret weapon to get that extra boost of confidence to stay on top of your game.
This being said, it makes sense to take very good care of your hair. There’s really nothing more terrifying than thinning hair and hair fall, but did you know that there are many things you may be doing right now that are causing your hair to thin and fall off? Today let’s get right to the root of the problem and check out 10 bad hair habits you should avoid:
1. Taking steamy showers
Long hot baths have always been the go-to for people who want to destress as heat helps to relax the muscles and improve blood circulation. However, hot and steamy showers strip the scalp of essential oils and nutrients, in turn causing the hair to become dehydrated and more prone to breakage. Warm baths are good alternatives, or simply rinse the hair with cold water.
2. Using hot styling tools
Hairstyling tools such as dryers, curlers, and flat irons are good tools to help you manage and style your hair to perfection. Overusing them, however, is another story. Regularly using these tools at high temperatures can damage the outer layer of the hair (cuticle), resulting in thin hair. Applying heat protection products, opting for low settings, and limiting the use of these tools can help prevent this.
3. Shampooing too frequently
Shampoo keeps the hair clean and healthy but shampooing too often can strip the scalp from sebum. Sebum is oil that is produced by the scalp’s sebaceous glands and acts as a lubricator to keep the hair hydrated and shiny. Without enough sebum, the hair becomes dry and brittle, prone to split ends and breakage. The scalp can also become dry, leading to dandruff. The key is to check the condition of your hair. If it’s looking or feeling dry, skipping shampoo and opting for conditioner instead is a good choice.
4. Treating your tresses too roughly
Wearing tight hairstyles, forceful brushing and detangling, brushing wet hair, too-frequent hair treatments and even scratching the scalp can cause damage that leads to hair thinning and breakage. Just be gentle with your hair. You can treat your hair better by avoiding activities that constantly tug at the hair, as well as not overexposing hair to chemical treatments.
5. Not eating for (hair) health
If you want healthy hair, it makes sense to have a healthy diet. Eating a balanced diet ensures that the hair and scalp are getting enough nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to produce thick and strong hair. To prevent hair thinning, it’s good to add protein- and iron-rich food to your diet. Crash and starvation diets, as well as junk foods, are absolute no-nos.
Coloring your hair is fun to do. It allows you to express yourself better, as well as address those gray hairs. On the other hand, coloring involves bleaching, and frequent bleaching does damage the cuticles, making hair thinner and prone to breakage. Hair treatment products may also contain chemicals like alcohol and hydrogen peroxide that irritate the scalp, leading to thinning hair, hair fall and even infections. You can prevent these problems by simply limiting your bleaching or finding healthier alternatives.
7. Using the wrong brush
Apart from using gentle strokes when brushing your hair, using the correct brush based on your hair type plays a part in either preventing thinning hair or causing it. Wide-tooth combs are great for detangling and thick, curly hair. Wide paddle brushes are suitable for long and fine hair. Round brushes, meanwhile, are good for styling and blow-drying hair. Not teasing the hair and not brushing the hair when wet are also encouraged to keep the hair thick, strong, and healthy.
8. Not getting frequent trims
Getting regular trims eliminates split ends, which can travel up the hair shaft and cause hair to become thinner and break easily. As a general rule, it is recommended to have trims every 6 to 8 weeks. Another benefit of hair trimming is that it makes your hair look thicker and shinier.
9. Letting stress get out of control
During high-stress situations, the body releases a hormone called cortisol. Too much of this hormone can cause hair to prematurely enter the resting phase in its growth cycle, resulting in thinning and falling hair. In some cases, stress leads to a disorder known as trichotillomania in which the sufferer has an uncontrollable impulse to pull out hair. Managing stress efficiently through a healthy diet, active lifestyles, meditation, yoga, sufficient sleep, and other activities help in preventing stress from ruining your hair.
10. Not protecting your hair from the sun
Constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage the cuticles, making hair dry and brittle and resulting in hair thinning and loss. The best way to prevent this is by simply wearing a hat or using an umbrella when going outdoors. Hair sunscreens also help!
Aside from avoiding these 10 bad habits, you can also prevent thinning hair by being mindful of the products you use. There are currently a large variety of hair thickening products in the Philippines available, and finding the right one that is suitable for your hair type and gentle on the scalp is key to thick and healthy hair.
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