You vigorously brush it, wash it, blow-dry it, curl it, straighten it, color it, and put different products in it. Consider your hair as a warrior that goes through a series of battles to survive every day. From hair loss to uncontrollable frizz, your tresses start showing the signs of dullness and damage as time passes. As a result, your hair health deteriorates and loses its natural strength and shine. Moreover, to make it worst, aging doubles these effects and makes your hair naturally thin.
However, the good news is that you can reverse all these damages just by incorporating a few changes in your daily hair care routine that will help you minimize damages. These little changes may seem to have no notable effects in the beginning, but trust us; they will pay off in the long run by making your curls beautiful and healthy.
If you do not know how to go about it, here we have listed some practical options for you to avoid hair damage throughout the day.
How Can You Avoid Hair Damage during Shower?
You are not supposed to wash your hair on a daily basis, but let us admit we all have a habit of washing our hair every day. Many hair experts and stylist recommend washing hair only twice or thrice a week as frequent washing strips away natural oils from your hair. These natural oils are necessary to protect our hair and keep them healthy and shiny. Besides that, if you dye your hair, over-washing is one reason you lose color vibrancy and suppleness of your hair.
However, if you cannot refrain from washing your hair daily for any reason like an oily scalp or excessive sweating, then it is better to use hydrating or natural made shampoo - as it is counter nutritive and helps your hair produce less oil.
Many of us have been washing hair by rubbing shampoo vigorously since our childhood, which is a significant reason they get fragile and break easily. Shampooing hair the right way is another tip you can opt for to avoid detrimental hair damages.
Here is how you should do it:
- Apply a little amount of shampoo
- Gently massage it on your scalp for a good 3-4 minutes
- Rinse it without rubbing your hair, let the water flow through your hair length, taking lather it.
- Resist the temptation of rubbing your hair
Skipping the conditioner after shampooing leads to frizzy and brittle hair, which Using a good conditioner is as essential as using shampoo. It does moisturize not only your hair but also replenishes natural oil. Therefore, we recommend you not to skip conditioning if you daily wash your hair, but of course, you must do it in the right way.
- Apply it on the tips instead of scalp
- Disperse conditioner evenly throughout the strands
- Leave it for at least 5-7 minutes before you rinse your hair
Avoid Rough Towel Dry
It is not the best practice if not a worst one. After showering, your hair is in the weakest state, even one stretch can deform hair cuticle- a protective covering of hair, and can cause hair damage. However, avoid rough towel dry is an essential part of your daily hair care routine. Instead of rubbing your hair with a dry towel, you can gently blot them. It will not harden the cuticles and will prevent hair frizz.
Moreover, if you want to avoid hair damage while using a towel, you can choose paper towel. It is one of the gentle methods to dry your hair.
Avoid Brushing Wet Hair
As mentioned earlier, hair is weaker when it is wet and is susceptible to breakage. Combing wet hair makes them tangle-up, which may instead lead you to massive hair breakage. To avoid that, always wait until your hair is dry before you start combing them. Also, always use a wide-tooth comb to untangle the strands.
Use of Hot Tools
Regardless of what kind of hair one has, use of hot tools has become increasingly common nowadays. An iron, blow dryer, and curler are machines everyone has easy access to. You do not need to visit your hairdresser to get your daily hair job done. However, the more you use them, the more you will damage your hair. If you use these hot tools regularly, here are few simple and easy tips to avoid hair damage.
- Apply hair protectants before using hot tools to get protection from heat damage, and to calm frizz, and seal in glossiness.
- Adjust curling irons, straighteners on the low heat setting; if your hair requires high temperature then gradually increase it.
- Do not use hot tools on wet or damp hair.
Sun Exposure and Pools
Both the sun and pool water can damage your hair, and if you are a swimmer, it is essential for you to take care of hair from chlorinated water. The chemicals in pool water can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving them dry, brittle and fragile. Similarly, long bouts of sun exposure affect your hair health by damaging cuticles and causing split ends. If swimming is a part of your daily routine, you are likely to end up destroying your hair badly in one or two years. So make sure that you do the following things before going out for either picnic or swimming:
- Wear a headscarf, or cover your hair with a hat to avoid harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun.
- Make sure to use swim cap before diving into the water.
- Take a shower after swimming to prevent chlorinated water from seeping into your hair. It also closes the pores and protects hair cuticles.
In conclusion, all these ideas are worth implementing rather than risking hair damage or worse, hair fall. Your hair is one of the essential parts of your physical presence and requires your attention and care to grow and shine. Thus, by adapting to these simple habits can protect you from hair damage in the future.