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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.

Hair Growth: Conditions That Can Damage Hair

hair growthWe all want to have beautiful hair and healthy hair growth. Our locks are one part of our body that we can easily manipulate to change how we look, it’s a way to express our mood, show how we feel, you can do just about anything with hair. This holds true especially for women, they don’t refer to their hair as their “crowing glory” for nothing.

But if you’re not careful, your hair can become damaged due to improper styling. Would you believe that some styling techniques, which are meant to beautify hair can be damaging your hair.

Heat Styling

With heat, you can temporary set your hair the way you like, which makes styling really easy. But constant use of hot ceramic straighteners, curlers or blow driers can put a toll on your hair because it vaporizes the little moisture the hair can hold, making it very dry, brittle and prone to breakage. It is advisable to use heat styling on special occasions.

Hair Colour

It’s okay to change hair colour a few time a year. But constant hair colour change can also weaken the hair strands. Regular dyes contain  ammonia and other chemicals that strip the natural colour of hair making it lighter, afterwards the colour of the product is absorbed into hair. These are strong and harsh chemicals that also make hair very dry and brittle when constantly used. It is best to use natural hair dyes like henna. These products may not last long, but at least they are safe to use.

Tight hair styles

There are some hair styles that aren’t friendly to your hair and scalp. Dreadlocks, cornrows, a tight pony or any hair style that involves pulling or tying the hair for long periods of time can put a lot of stress to the hair and scalp. Prolong tension to the hair can cause hair breakage, and sometimes can pull out the hair directly from the roots, which can cause patchy hair loss. It is best to avoid these type of hair styles.

 

 

 

Simple Ways To Stimulate Faster Hair Growth

faster hair growthOur hair is one part of our body that we can easily manipulate to change how we look. Unlike dieting or bodybuilding for example, takes months of hard work before results can be seen. With hair, just a little styling here and a dash of colour there, and that’s it. You can literally change your looks everyday if you wanted.

The problem with constantly changing hair styles is it can cause hair health problems in the long run. Below are some tips on how to keep our hair growing healthy and also help encourage faster hair growth:

Good Diet

A diet rich in protein is good for hair growth. Our hair is mainly made of a protein called keratin, the same material our nails are made of. To produce hair, cells found underneath the hair follicles need a constantly protein. So it important consume the right amounts of protein daily. Good sources of protein are lean meat, fish and soy.

Vitamins

We need vitamins in order to survive. Vitamins are nutrients that the body needs to function properly. But having too much or less of a particular vitamin can cause a specific disease. So it is important to take vitamins regularly at the right amounts.

With hair, there are certain vitamins that are excellent for hair growth and there are: Biotin or vitamin B7 and Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5. A lot of people think that taking high doses of these vitamins can induce faster hair growth. This is a very common misconception. To get these vitamins to work for hair growth, they need to be directly applied to the scalp and hair. Biotin strengthens each hair strands and pantothenic acid makes hair soft and shiny, both prevents hair breakage.

Hygiene

Good hair and scalp hygiene is very good for hair growth. Keeping your hair and scalp clean will prevent any microbial or fungal growth, like dandruff, eczema, or other skin conditions that can alter normal hair growth.