The Most Common Ways People Damage Their Hair (And How To Avoid Them)

Your hair is one of your most important assets. It can make or break your look, and if you’re not careful, it can become seriously damaged. But how can you tell if you’re damaging your hair without even realizing it? 

Here are some of the top ways you might be harming your locks:

1. Over-washing

Washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils, leading to dryness and breakage. If you’re concerned about your hair’s hydration levels, get a shower cap and wash it less frequently so that those natural oils can do their job.

2. Over-brushing or brushing when wet

Brushing your hair too vigorously can cause split ends and breakage.

Also, brushing wet hair is a surefire way to damage it. When your hair is wet, it’s much more vulnerable to breakage. So, be sure to wait until it’s completely dry before you brush it. If you’re in a crunch and do need to brush it while it’s wet, just be as gentle as possible.

3. Using the wrong shampoo

If you have dry, damaged, or brittle hair, you need to use products that are specifically designed for that type of hair. Using the wrong products can strip your hair of its natural moisture, leading to dryness and breakage.

4. Heat damage

Using heat styling tools too often can damage your hair, causing it to become dry, brittle, and frizzy.

If you use heat-styling tools on a daily basis, you’re likely damaging your hair. Doing so can cause your hair to become dry, brittle, and frizzy.

Try to give your hair a break from the heat every now and then, and opt for air-drying or low-heat styles when you can.

5. Chemical damage from products

Using harsh chemicals on your hair, such as bleaching or coloring it, can damage the hair shaft and lead to breakage.

Also, using too much hair product in general can weigh your hair down and make it look greasy. Be sure to use products sparingly, and only use what you need.

4. You’re not getting regular trims

If you want to keep your hair healthy, you need to get regular trims. This helps to get rid of any damaged or split ends that could cause further damage up the hair shaft.

Your hair stylist will also know what to look for and be able to help guide you through how to keep your hair as healthy as can be.

Keeping your hair damage-free

If you’re concerned that you might be damaging your hair, there are some signs to watch out for. Dry, brittle hair that breaks easily is a sign of damage, as is frizzy, unmanageable hair. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take steps to protect your hair and prevent further damage.

For more insight on this, check out my article “5 Signs Your Hair Needs A Protein Treatment”.

The most important thing you can do to prevent hair damage is to be gentle with your locks in every way possible.

Avoid washing your hair too often, brush gently, and use a mild shampoo that’s appropriate for your hair type. If you use heat styling tools, be sure to use a heat protectant spray and avoid using them too often. And if you color or bleach your hair, be sure to use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to prevent damage.

By following these tips, you can help prevent damage to your hair and keep it looking its best!

Another way is to help your hair from the inside.

To learn how to do this, click here!

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