Your hair’s health is your crowning glory, so it's important to take care of it! A good hair care routine involves shampooing and conditioning your hair, as well as protecting it from damage. Most people know that regularly bleaching or perming your hair could lead to damage, but these are only the obvious causes of hair damage. In reality, there may be certain things you are doing to your hair that might be making it more fragile and susceptible to damage.
Using a hairbrush with stiff bristles can damage your hair and scalp. Look for a hairbrush with soft, natural bristles.
Brushing too hard can create some sensitivities to your scalp and hair. Be gentle when brushing your hair as the main purpose is to detangle knots but also stimulate the scalp to get the blood to the surface, the healthier the scalp, the healthier the hair - you want to feel the brush on your scalp, more like a massage rather than an attack!
Take note! Hair is in its most fragile state when it is wet, so it's more likely to stretch and break when brushed the wrong way. It is always recommended to use a wide tooth comb to detangle hair when it is wet, and use a bristle brush when hair is dry.
You might think that putting your hair up in a ponytail or braid is a no-risk hairstyle, but you could actually be damaging your hair without even realising it. Here are some surprising ways you could be damaging your hair by always wearing it in a ponytail or braid:
If you’re constantly putting your hair up in a tight ponytail or braid, you’re putting a lot of tension on your scalp and hair. This can cause your hair to become weak, especially around the more fragile areas like the hairline and nape of your neck.
When you wear your hair in a ponytail or braid, you’re not giving your scalp a chance to breathe. This can cause your hair to become greasy and oily and can even lead to scalp problems like dandruff.
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