These are the bad habits ruining your hair – leave them now
If you are still wondering why your hair is thin, easily breakable, lifeless and flat, then maybe you should pay more attention to your diet, the hair products you are using and the way you are doing your hairstyles. Put these things altogether and you will get the picture.
1 Showering with hot water
Even though pleasant and relaxing, hot water dehydrates your hair (just like skin), and makes it brittle and dry that is more likely to become easily breakable. When you are washing your hair, you are removing its protective oils and if you are rinsing the shampoo with hot water, the heat throws your scalp’s pores into overdrive which can damage the root and lead to additional shedding.
2 Electric hair straightening and curling tools
Yes, most women are unable to live without their electric hair tools, but the more you use them, the worse your hair becomes. Scorching temperatures damage the proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. Once the cuticle is damaged, the moisture balance is disrupted and your hair is more prone to breakage. If you really must use these tools, make sure you aren’t “burning” your hair every day. Limit your hot tool usage (even your blow-dryer is your hair’s enemy) 2-3 times a week, and start with the coolest setting possible. Don’t forget to apply protective hair product that would keep your cuticle safe even when you are flattening or curling your hair.
3 Poor diet
Starving yourself forces the body to direct its energy towards essential functions—like helping your heart and brain work, rather than making hair. In most cases where patients suffer anorexia, one of the top symptoms is severe hair loss. Forget about losing weight by starving yourself and eat a healthy diet. Add plenty of lean protein like fish, chicken, lentils and beans. Proteins are good for your hair because it is primarily made of protein.
4 Tight hair styles
Those high and tight ponytails or braids look good, but be careful: these styles put excessive tension on the hair follicles, damaging them and creating scars that destroy them permanently. This can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that permanently weakens the follicle and makes it impossible for hair to grow. Another thing that can damage your hair are those long-lasting hold styling products. If your hairspray or gel claims that your hair would be rock solid in the next 48 hours, believe them, but also keep in mind that you’d have a hard time to comb and wash your hair. And this way, you for sure will damage it. These products are usually high in alcohol, which makes hair dry and brittle. No surprise your hair is easily breakable after using hair foam or hair spray.
5 Scratching your head
Itchy scalp (like that caused by seborrheic dermatitis) may result in hair loss due to scratching-induced hair damage. Once the cuticle is damaged, the hair fiber is prone to breakage. To relieve the itch, wash your hair with a shampoo that contains selenium, zinc pyrithione, or tea tree oil.
6 Exposing your hair to the Sun
Maybe we aren’t able to avoid the Sun, but we can save our hair. To prevent UV rays from damaging your hair, wear hats, use products that are protecting your hair from the Sun and of course drink lots of water. Prolonged UV exposure causes the layers of the cuticle to weaken and break, resulting in brittle hair that can lead to hair loss.
7 Not washing hair often enough
Forget about dry hair shampoos. Maybe they are saving time but they are most surely the main reason why your scalp is itchy and your hair lifeless. A buildup of product or excessive dandruff on the scalp has been shown to clog hair follicles, and if it’s bad enough, it can be difficult for hair to grow.
8 Taking medications
Certain medications (like statins, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents, anti-hypertensive medications etc.) or hormones (like thyroid replacement drugs) can cause hair loss. These can disrupt or interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth, causing hair to go into a resting phase and fall out prematurely. Consult your pharmacist about possible solutions (such as hair growth supplements) while you are taking these medications.