It happens to everyone. One day you wake up with thinning hair or worse, a receding hairline, and you don’t know why! (Yes, I have a male point of view here, but it’s the same for all genders.)
So many of us are guilty of making some pretty critical mistakes that damage our hair and make it look ‘blah.’ These habits seem innocent enough, but they can actually ruin your hair.
This article will show you seven (7) ways you are making your hair look like crap.
It might be one of these seven habits that are damaging your hair and making your do look like… crap.
1. You wash your hair too often
2. You are not washing your hair with the right products
3. Too much heat!
4. Sleeping with a wet hair
5. You are picking the wrong hairstyle
6. You are using the wrong hair brush
7. You handle your hair roughly
You wash your hair too often
It’s a popular fallacy that we need to wash our hair every day, just like we do our bodies. It isn’t the case. When you wash your hair every day, all you’re doing is robbing it of the vital oils it needs to stay healthy, according to Parker.
Determine the maximum number of days your hair may go without being washed. Try some dry shampoo if your unwashed hair is driving you nuts.
You are not washing your hair with the right products (Shampoo & conditioner)
The first blunder is failing to choose a shampoo that is appropriate for your hair and scalp’s pH balance. Use color-safe or sulfate-free shampoos that are mild detergents and prevent color fading if you color your hair.
Look for hydrating shampoos if your hair is dehydrated. Switch to a cleansing shampoo (which usually contains sulfates) and a moisturizing conditioner through the ends if your roots are overly oily.
You can also get professional haircare services, like the one offered in salons, they use fine hair-specific products.
Mistake #3: Too much heat!
Be careful when you use hot things on your hair. This includes hot water, a curling rod, a hair dryer, and any hair tool that functions with heat.
Extremely hot water causes your hair to become dry and brittle. It also depletes your hair’s natural oil and sebum production. More importantly, your hair root is damaged, leading to grey hair and hair loss.
Also, if you use the highest heat settings to straighten, curl, or blow out your hair, you’re committing a significant hair offense. On medium heat settings, your tools will still work, and you’ll save your hair some severe harm in the long run.
You should avoid heat on your hair at all costs, and if you must use it, use a heat protectant. Heat protectants are an important aspect of your hair care routine since they protect hair from heat damage.
Mistake #4: Sleeping with your wet hair
Before going to bed, make sure your hair is dry and well covered with a satin scarf or hair bonnet. Going to bed with wet hair damages your hair. It creates a great deal of friction. Some people do this because they are tired at night, but it only adds to your workload in the morning.
The issue is that when you go to bed with damp hair, the cuticle isn’t completely sealed, which might cause frizz due to the friction from moving around at night.
Mistake #5: You are picking the wrong hairstyle
Don’t just pick any style because you see it on a celebrity or you like it. You need to consider the impact it has on your hair. More importantly, you must be aware of your hair type and the best styles for it.
Choose a style that best suits your hair type and flaunt it with pride. I suggest you go for protective hairstyles to keep your hair length and texture.
Mistake #6: You are using the wrong hairbrush
A hairbrush is not one-style-fits-all.
There are different brushes for different hair types. Depending on the thickness of the tines, even combs can provide a variety of looks (bristles).
The shape of the brush and the number of bristles can have a significant impact on the volume of your hair, how it lays, and how thick it appears.
You also need to find out the specific use of the brushes before using them on your hair.
Mistake #7: You handle your hair roughly
You need to be more patient with your hair
I get it; you’re busy with other things and want to get your hair dry so you can finish the rest of your regular bathroom routine. It’s not worth it, believe me.
You must treat your hair with care, especially while it is wet. Using too much force with a towel can cause the cuticle (outside layer of the hair) to “rough up,” making it look frizzy or fluffy.
It can also irritate and irritate your scalp. If you have hair loss, it can hasten the process and make your hair appear thinner.
What to do when your hair looks bad?
The most common question on treating damaged hair is how to make my hair look better. Here are some natural, simple ways how to make your hair look better.
1. Be gentle on your hair: This helps to preserve the length you presently have. Breakage is triggered by physical damage, such as daily wear and tear, vigorous brushing, or use in the shower.
While the occasional split strand is to be expected, having hair that is prone to breaking can make reaching your length objectives nearly impossible.
2. Wear protective hairstyles: Hairstyles that are too tight might cause friction and pulling, so use soft hair ties instead.
Protective hairstyles are ideal for letting hair grow out. It reduces the daily hair routine by covering the ends of the hair and protecting natural hair from harsh seasonal elements and damaging environmental factors.
3. Reduce the heat: Hair dryers and curling rods can harm your hair by drying it out and making it brittle, which can result in breakage and shorter hair length. If you must use heat on your hair, remember to use a heat protectant. However, if you are very keen on growing your natural hair, avoid heat.
4. Use the right products: You need to know your hair type, so you can get the right products for your hair. Do not use too much products or too little products. You can meet a professional hair stylist to recommend the right products for your hair.
5. Eat Right: It’s not just about what you put on your hair to have long, strong hair; it’s also about what you eat. Have you ever heard of the phrase “you are what you eat”? yes, the same applies to your hair. You should watch your diet if you want a good-looking hair.
6. Keep your hair moisturized: A well moisturized and hydrated hair is hair free from breakage. If your hair is dry, breakage is inevitable, so you have to condition your hair regularly. Conditioning your hair helps to seal the cuticle at the end and protect it from additional damage. This improves the health of your hair, and healthier hair grows faster.
1. What are the natural ingredients for hair growth and thickness? Natural ingredients for your hair are; coconut oil, avocado oil, egg yolk, olive oil, and rosemary oil. These natural ingredients help to stimulate hair growth and give it the required thickness.
2. What is healthy hair supposed to look like? If your hair is long, it is very possible you have healthy hair. However, the sure way to recognize healthy hair is; that it is not dry and brittle. It is shiny and thick!
3. What are the signs of damaged hair? I want you to touch your hair. Is it dry? Does it have a rough texture? Is it tangled? Is it breaking? Especially when you comb? If the answer is yes, then you have damaged hair.