Ever wonder why your hair has seemed to stop growing? Check out these five different ways that you could be unknowingly sabotaging your hair growth and health.
Using too much heat without a heat protecting
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that heat can fry your hair. Blow drying, smoothing and curling are all styles that require heat and repeated use of high heat without any protection will cause damage to your hair.
When using flat irons and curling wands or irons, don’t crank the heat all the way up to the max. Hell, you can cook a turkey at 400 degrees… stick to 360 degrees and less for your hair (even less for fine and thin hair). If you plan on using heat day after day on your hair, plan on getting yourself a good heat protecting spray.
Other ways to prevent heat damage: let your hair air dry when possible, try a no-heat day or two throughout the week, and try not to go over the same sections of hair repeatedly when using the flat-iron… one slow motion over a small thin section will be plenty.
Ponytails and headbands.
Messy buns are adorable and an easy option for a quick and cute hair style, but day after day buns will cause breakage where the elastic pulls on the hair. Same goes for ponytails and tight headbands or head wraps.
When wearing a ponytail or a messy bun make sure you are using elastics that don’t contain any metal. Also, try for a looser ponytail/bun, as the tighter the elastic is the more breakage can happen. If your hair is caught in a knot when trying to pull the elastic out, don’t pull or break your hair to get it out, just cut the elastic.
Ever notice the lovely little fly-aways around your face? Those are usually broken pieces of hair, often caused by tight headbands.
Brushing hair when it’s wet.
Do you know that ripping noise you hear whenever you are brushing your hair after getting out of the shower? Yeah… that’s not normal, it’s actually your hair breaking. Unless you own a Wet Brush (which I highly recommend… they’re great for tender-headed kids too) don’t damage your hair by brushing it when it is wet. Stick to using a wide-tooth comb when your hair is wet.
Not getting regular trims.
It’s no myth… in order to keep your hair healthy (especially if you are trying to grow it out) regular trims are necessary. Some hair types are prone to breakage and split ends and require more frequent trims while others can go longer in between trims. Those of us who use more heat on our hair will need more frequent trims as we probably have more damage.
Why are trims necessary? When you have breakage and splits on your ends, your hair will continue to split up the hair shaft. If you trim off the split it will prevent the breakage from traveling up the rest of the strand.
Washing your hair every day.
Unless you have an over-production of oil, washing your hair every day is not actually necessary. If you have dry and damaged hair, try washing your hair every other day to help let the natural oils condition your hair. Using a boar-bristle brush will help pull the oils produced by the scalp down to the midshaft and ends of your hair.