Many aspects of our lifestyle from what we eat to how we comb our hair can affect the appearance of our hair. That means having stronger, bulky hair is in our hands. Get to know 10 ways to give back the energy and appearance of your hair.
1. Very Hot Bath
Hot baths dehydrate not only your skin but also your hair fibers. This leads to dry, brittle hair that falls more easily. When the water temperature is too high, you remove the protective oils from the wires and cause the pores of the scalp to produce an excess of oil for replenishment, which damages the root and leads to even more fall. So, get used to lowering the shower temperature when rinsing the shampoo.
2. Very Hot Dryer
The dryer air, when in very high temperatures, damages the proteins of your hair, as well as your protective cuticle. Once the cuticle is damaged, the hydration balance is lost, and your hair is more prone to fall. Limit dryer use to no more than two or three times a week, and use the less hot air option. Also, use heat protection sprays, which create a protective thermal barrier.
3. Radical Diets
Very restrictive diets (or very poor diet) cause your body to direct the energy (what it has) to essential functions – such as for the functioning of your heart and brain – and not for making hair. Both this is true that one of the main symptoms of anorexia is severe hair loss. So have a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein, such as those in fish, chicken, lentils, and beans. Protein is the essential ingredient of your hair, so for wonderful hair, it is essential to ingest enough.
4. Lack of Care with Wet Hair
The time when our yarns are most fragile and prone to breakage is when they are saturated with water. It is at this point that the protective cuticle is more “raised”, or “open”. Brushing wet hair, or aggressively wiping with the towel is a full plate for weakening the wires. When washing your hair, bother to untangle it before you dry, even in the shower. When drying with the towel, try to make gentle movements. If possible, use a very soft towel. Expect to dry slightly before combing your hair to prevent it from breaking.
5. Very Incarcerated Hair
If you wear a ponytail or tight braid, beware: this style of hair causes excessive strain on the hair follicles, damaging them and creating microcrystals that destroy them permanently. This can lead to traction alopecia (hair pulling), a condition that makes hair growth impossible. So drop it! Try to wear your hair loose more often. Especially during sleep, as trapping the yarn against the pillow can cause even more friction. If you tie your hair back, try to make it less tight (if you feel your skin being pulled, you need to loosen it more).
6. Long Term Products
If you use products like spray fixative or hairspray, beware. These products are usually rich in alcohol, which makes the hair dry and brittle. When you comb or brush your hair, this residue causes your hair to break and fall. Avoid any and all products that make hair hard or sticky. Instead, opt for softer solutions, such as creams, that keep hair moisturizing intact and do not create chafing during brushing.
7. Progressive Brush
Making a change in the structure of the yarn (smoothing or relaxing) will always cause damage to the hair. The difference is in how long this wire is restored. Some processes ‘seal’ the yarn so that it can not absorb hydration and dries out. The result is heavy, opaque hair full of bursting wires. As they lose protein and amino acids, the strands become thinner.
8. Scratching the head
Itching of the scalp (such as that caused by dandruff ) can result in hair weakening due to friction-induced damage. Once the cuticle becomes damaged, the hair fiber will become susceptible to breakage. To solve the problem, use some shampoo that contains selenium or zinc pyrithione. These components are usually present in anti-dandruff shampoos. If the commercialized options do not work, your dermatologist may offer other options, such as prescribing an antifungal shampoo.
9. Lack of Sun Protection
Even for those who are already well aware of the use of sunscreen on the skin, it is common to forget that hair also needs protection! Prolonged exposure to UV rays takes away all the strength and elasticity of your hair. Excessive sunshine causes the weakening and breaking of the layers of the cuticles, leading to brittle hair and the possible fall of the threads. So use some feature to protect your hair from the strong sun: use leave-ins with sunscreen, or also a hat (always remembering to “save” the ponytail, if any).
10. Not wash your hair enough
Especially with the arrival of dry shampoos, it is easy to stay for several days without washing your hair. This feature is very convenient but has to be used in moderation. The accumulation of products for a long time can cause excessive dandruff, and still clogs the hair follicles, which can hamper hair growth. There is nothing wrong with “skipping” a day of washing. It is important to wash your hair one day, not one day, especially if you are sweating a lot or using too many products in your hair. To avoid dryness, also try to use sulfate-free shampoos.