The truth is dull and lifeless hair is often a result of everyday, common mistakes in their haircare routines. The problems might be down to the shampoo and conditioner they use to something simple like how they sleep at night.
You’re likely reading this blog post today because you want to keep your hair in tip-top condition, and you don’t want to do anything that could jeopardize the volume and structure of your hair. To that end, here are some haircare mistakes that you should avoid at all costs:
Friction Is Not Your Friend
Each morning before you start your daily routine, you will undoubtedly brush or detangle your hair to style it and make it look radiant. After all: you want to make sure you look your best, so you’re ready to take on the world.
Brushing your hair becomes a problem if you spend several minutes doing that. You only need to brush your hair with a few strokes, as anything extra just adds unnecessary friction. And that, of course, can lead to breakage and problems like split ends.
Having a High-Maintenance Hairstyle
Life would be pretty dull if all women had the same hairstyle. The way you style your hair is just one of the ways that make you unique. There’s nothing wrong with having a hairstyle – but some styles can be a problem if they are high-maintenance ones.
If you lead a busy lifestyle and seldom have the time to spend on maintaining your hair each day, it makes sense to opt for a shorter cut and an easily-manageable hairstyle. Take a look at this blunt cut guide to see some examples of low-maintenance hairstyles.
Washing Your Hair Too Often
Washing your hair too often could do more harm than good for your hair. Why? The answer is simple: whenever you wash your hair, you get rid of your scalp’s natural oils.
It’s crucial those natural oils reach the ends of your hair to prevent them from getting split. Instead of washing your hair daily, switch to washing it every other day.
Blow-Drying Your Hair Too Often
Are you someone that insists on blow-drying their hair every time it gets washed? If so, you might not realize it, but you could be unintentionally damaging your hair. Using a hairdryer is undoubtedly a convenient and effective way to dry your hair, especially in the morning.
However, the high temperatures emitted from a hairdryer causes moisture within your hair to heat up and bubble. And when that happens, you’ll end up with brittle hair, and it will also most likely result in split ends.
The good news is most hairdryers have variable heat settings. With that in mind, simply use the coolest setting on your hairdryer to blow-dry your hair.
On a related note, another way that blow-drying your hair can be a bad idea is if you do so with dripping-wet hair. You should always towel-dry your hair first so that it is damp but not completely wet.
Forgetting to Massage Your Scalp
Whenever you wash your hair, you must always massage your scalp slowly with your fingertips. Why is that so important, you might be asking yourself? Massaging your scalp helps to stimulate blood flow on it.
When you encourage better blood flow on your scalp, you help the hair follicles to produce thicker, more radiant hair. You can also massage your scalp or have someone do it for you when you’re not washing your hair if that is more convenient.
Scalp massage is also a recommended treatment for women that suffer from alopecia. Take a look at this article for more information on the subject.
Not Properly Treating Dandruff
Dandruff is a common inflammatory scalp disease, and contrary to popular belief, it isn’t related to scalp dryness. As you can imagine, dandruff is unsightly and can be a real blow to your self-confidence – especially if you have dark-colored hair.
Some ladies try to treat their dandruff by using natural oils. However, the only way to treat dandruff effectively is by using anti-dandruff shampoo. Ensure you use a shampoo that contains salicylic acid, zinc, or selenium sulfide.
If you tend to wash your hair in the evening, make sure that it’s fully dry before you go to sleep. The problem with going to bed when you’ve got wet or damp hair is you could risk developing a fungal infection of the scalp that will most likely result in dandruff.
Also, as hard as it is to resist the temptation, you should avoid scratching any itchy areas of your scalp. Otherwise, you will exacerbate the problem and even cause bleeding to occur.
Using Cheap Styling Tools
As with most products in life, you can buy cheap or expensive styling tools to manage your hair. Cheap ones have the obvious advantage of costing significantly less than their premium counterparts. But, they also have some disadvantages.
For example, cheaper styling tools likely get constructed using inferior parts. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of women getting their hair burnt or broken from malfunctioning hair straighteners for curly hair.
It makes sense to opt for premium products from known and trusted brands that offer genuine product guarantees. Also, opt for hair straighteners and curlers made of ceramic construction rather than plastic.
Having read the above paragraphs, you’ll have undoubtedly discovered how easy it can be to damage your hair without even trying. Thankfully, you won’t have to worry about your hair as long as you take a few precautions with your daily routines.