1. Shampooing With Your Head Straight
The angle of your head while shampooing actually plays a pretty important role in maintaining hair health! Washing your hair while keeping your head straight might seem pretty comfortable but it can damage your roots by putting too much pressure on them.
The best way to shampoo is to bend your head down. This makes it easy to rub shampoo on your scalp, avoiding your hair ends and roots; and it also gives you a cleaner scalp, as your hair moves away and makes space for you to clean it properly. Plus, even conditioning is more efficient this way as you can easily avoid your roots.
2. Or With Hot Water
A hot shower might soothe your body but it’s not good for your hair. Hot water can strip your hair of its natural moisture, leaving it dry, rough, and brittle. To keep your hair healthy and bouncy, experts recommend shampooing with cold water. Or lukewarm water at the most if you need some warmth.
3. Blow Drying
It’s no surprise that prolonged use of a blow dryer will leave your hair damaged. If you don’t have an option but to use one due to your hectic schedule, make sure you use a heat protectant mousse before drying it. Also, always use heat protection hairsprays before styling your hair with a curling or straightening iron.
Additionally, the ideal way to blow dry your hair is to put your head down and use the dryer on medium heat. Once it’s semi-dry, set the temperature to cool to prevent damage and get smooth hair.
4. Not Hydrating Yourself Enough
Drinking water is absolutely vital to stay healthy. And as it turns out, it’s good for your hair too! 10-13% of your hair is actually made up of water. So, if you deprive it of water by not drinking enough, you will certainly end up damaging it. Besides, proper hair growth requires water.
Now you have another reason to increase your H2O intake!
5. Not Covering Your Hair In Cold Weather
Just like excessive heat can rob your hair of its moisture and ruin it, extreme cold can do the same too. In severely cold climates, water freezes to ice. Now, the moisture in the air can settle in your hair and leave icy shreds on your hair too, which can consequently lead to damage when these ‘icicles’ break. So, make sure you always cover your hair when out in the cold.
6. Using Natural Haircare Products Only
Advocates of natural products claim that there are no side effects to them, but organic haircare products are not as good as they are made out to be. Ingredients such as natural oils don’t work with hair styling tools. Natural oils, such as coconut, etc., burn at a temperature of 160-250°С on an average while the temperature of a hair straightener is around 170-230°C. So, if you use natural products only, your hair could burn!