7 Hair Care Mistakes You Make That Are Destroying Your Hair
Your hair is precious to you. You buy expensive hair care products and spend hours reading blogs about hair care. But all that is pointless if you are unaware about the everyday things you do that seem harmless but are destroying your hair.
To solve any problem, you must first know the root cause of it. Treating something without knowing the cause is like aiming arrows at the sky, at night, hoping to hit a bird. You might get lucky but the chances are very less.
Following are the most common hair care mistakes people unknowingly make. If you are making them yourself, stop now.
1. Exposing your hair to heat
Heat is the most damaging element to hair. Hot water, blow dryer, and hair straighteners hurt your hair. You should avoid exposing your hair to heat.
Don’t wash your hair with hot water.
Avoid blow dryers, curling irons and hair straighteners too. But, in case you can’t live without them, use heat protection products to save your hair from heat damage. We recommend L’oreal Paris Advanced Heatspray 3 Sleek 450 Degree Protection. It will prevent the damage.
2. Exposure to Sun
The harmful UV rays from the sun can easily cause irreversible damage to your hair. Also, the heat doesn’t help. And while some exposure to the sun is essential for good health (20 minutes everyday), you should try to get it from 10am to 1pm. After that the sunlight is too harsh and damaging.
If you are going out in the sun after 2pm, just carry an umbrella or wear a hat. Simple.
And if you can’t for some reason, may be you’re in sports and have to practice in the sun, use UV protection products. We recommend Global Keratin GK Hair UV/UVA Shield Protection Conditioner.
3. Using Hair Products Incorrectly
With all the pollution and harmful things that our hair is exposed to, we need to use hair products to protect our hair from damage. But using them the right way according to your hair type is as important.
Using too many hair products will cause build up and lead to heavy hair.
Following are some mistakes that you may be making:
- a) Not using hair oil: While too much oil can make your hair look greasy, using the right amount will improve hair health and even make your hair look better. Don’t believe me? Just try it.
Our ancestors have always been using hair oils to keep their hair healthy. Hair oil stimulates growth and even prevents dandruff.
- b) Choosing a product that’s not for your hair type
Thinking that what works for someone else’s hair will also work for yours is a mistake. Everyone’s hair is different, some have fine, some have coarse hair. If you have fine hair and you use a product meant for coarse hair will be too harsh. If you have coarse hair, the product meant for fine hair won’t be as effective.
To prevent this, always check the labels for strength, moisture level etc.
If you don’t know what your hair type is, here’s a guide to find out.
- c) Not using the right amount
While too much of it will weigh your hair down, use too less and you are not getting the benefits.
The rule of thumb: You will never need any more than the size of a 50 paisa coin (If you still remember it).
Also, make sure that you rub the product between your palms before applying. It helps to spread it evenly.
4. Tying them tightly
This one is for women, and some men with long hair. Don’t tie your hair too tightly. In fact, avoid tying all together.
The headbands can grip the hair too tightly causing fraying and breakage.
If you do this often enough, the constant tugging will cause the roots to shift closer to the scalp, making them weaker and causing hair fall.
You can tie it once in awhile but regularly doing it will cause irreversible damage.
5. Poor diet: Not Eating food that you need
You have to take care of your body for it to function properly. That means exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy and proper diet.
This is important for healthy hair. If something goes wrong in your body, say it doesn’t get enough necessary nutrition, it focuses all the available resources on the processes that are essential for survival. And the rest, the lack of which won’t kill you, go out first.
Losing hair will cause you a lot of emotional stress but it won’t kill you, as far as survival is concerned, you don’t need hair to survive.
Thing like protein deficiency will cause the body to slow down or shut down hair growth.
The basic recommendation for protein intake is 0.8 grams per KG of bodyweight. That means a person who weighs 55 Kg will need 44 grams of protein per day and a person who weighs 70 Kg will need 56 grams of protein.
Make sure that you get enough protein everyday. Some good sources of proteins are eggs, fish, meat, peanuts, and milk.
Vitamin B deficiency can also cause hair loss.
6: Not washing your hair enough
How often do you wash your hair? Once, twice, thrice a week?
The recommended is three times a week with a good shampoo. Hair is exposed to dirt, chemical and many harmful substances throughout the day and they must be washed off before they can do any damage.
Having said that, don’t wash your hair too often either. It will cause it to lose the natural oils which are good for the hair.
There are exceptions to this rule. Say you are in sports and everyday after practice you’re drenched in sweat, you should wash your hair and clean off the sweat. In this case not washing everyday will do more harm than good.
7. Rubbing with a towel
Don’t rub your hair with a towel. Rubbing roughs up the hair shaft causing damage to your roots.
In case you’ve been doing this for a while, don’t worry, you can recover the damage.
Choose a shampoo and conditioner that is formulated for your hair. Like we discussed before, different hair need different products. This will recover the damage and heal your roots gradually.
Then get a microfiber towel, which is soft and has a harmless texture. The regular towels have a coarse texture which is damaging. With the microfiber towel, gently blot and squeeze your hair dry instead of rubbing.
If you’re worried about getting a cold if you leave the hair a little wet, don’t worry. It’s a myth. Just make sure you don’t leave too much water and go through a sudden change in temperature. Like walking into a air conditioned room.
Hair is precious. It is important to our identity and self esteem, don’t take hair for granted. Take proper care and keep your hair healthy.