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4 Styling Techniques That Can Damage Your Hair

hairStyling your hair is one way of expressing yourself. Fixing up your hair neatly and beautifully can boost your confidence, that’s why you will often wake up early in the morning just to style your hair.

Unfortunately some styling techniques can harm your hair especially when done frequently. Problems like dull and dry hair, making hair prone to breakage, affecting hair growth. In worst cases, hair loss can also occur. Below are some of the techniques that can damage your hair.

  1. Minimize the use of heat. Heat based products like: hair curlers, hair driers and especially hair straighteners can reach temperatures so high, they can literally vaporize the little moisture the hair holds.  This can make hair dull and very dry, making hair brittle.  Though the use of heat is the easiest way to style hair, constant use can damage hair, so it is advisable to use heat styling on specially occasions.
  2. Gentle grooming. Sometimes we find ourselves forcefully pulling our brush or comb thru our hair. This can put a lot of strain to the hair and can break the strands. In some cases, hair can be pulled out from the scalp which can cause patches of bald spots on the scalp. The best solution for this is use wide tooth combs or better: use special brush or combs that help reduce tangles.
  3. Do not brush or comb hair while it’s wet. Some of us commonly do this; again this can pull hair from the roots and can cause hair breakage. It is best to wrap hair and towel dry, then air dry before grooming.
  4. Some hair styles like braids, cornrows, and ponytails can put a lot of strain to hair especially when these hair styles are worn tightly. Again hair is prone to breakage and being pulled from roots. If possible try not to style hair in this fashion, or you can style hair loosely to prevent strain to hair.

Simple Guide To Healthy Hair Growth

healthy hair growthSome people are very lucky to be born with gorgeously thick, long and beautiful hair. While others have to find ways to get their hair to look good and to encourage healthy hair growth. Having lovely looking hair is important because it adds to the aura of a woman’s beauty.

To get hair to grow strong, healthy and beautiful, one should follow a good hair care regime. A good diet, daily intake of vitamins and minerals, good hygiene and daily massages can help stimulate healthy hair growth.

The Right Food

Nutrition is vital if you want to get healthy growing hair. Our hair is mainly composed of keratin, a protein also found on our skin and nails. So consuming the right amounts of protein is good for hair growth. Foods rich in protein are: soya beans, lentils, milk, cheese, fish, and lean meat from pork, beef and chicken.

Keep Your Hair Clean

Hygiene also help in the growth of hair. Daily shampooing makes the scalp ideal for hair growth. keeping the hair and scalp clean help control sebum, a natural oil regularly produced by the sebaceous glands found underneath our skin. Sebum is a natural skin and hair condition; it does a good job in keeping our skin and hair moisturized. The only problem with sebum is, if not washed regularly, this oil can accumulate, making hair greasy and oil. This oiliness can easily attract dust and dirt and could sometimes cause fungal or bacterial infections to the scalp. Regular washing help control sebum production.

Do Not Use Heat

The use of hot ceramic plates for hair straightening, hair curlers or blow driers can really damage hair, vaporizing the little moisture the hair hold. Constant use of these products can make hair dull, dry and brittle which can cause hair breakage.  Use only when needed or on special occasions.