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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.

 

 

 

How To Prevent Slow Hair Growth

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Hair producing cells are the second fastest growing cells in the body, first being the intestinal cells. Normally, your hair grows about half an inch per month. Depending on how you take care of your hair, you can increase or even decrease hair growth.

Yes, hair growth is dependent on a lot factors and what’s great about this is you can manipulate your hair to grow fast or even grow slow. The following can affect your hair growth by slowing it down:

Heat Styling

Using heat is the easiest way to style hair. The occasional use of heat styling tools is fine. But if extreme heat is used daily, this could wreak havoc on your hair. Straightening ceramic irons, heat curlers and blow driers can literally vaporize the moisture in your hair, making it dull, dry and brittle.  It is advisable to heat style your hair only on special occasions.

Hair Dye

It is common for women to colour their hair on a regular basis. But if you constantly dye your hair, the chemicals used in these dyes can damage your hair. Regular hair dyes use strong chemicals to strip off the natural colour of your hair, making it lighter. Then the actual colour is applied which is absorbed by hair. This is fine if carried out infrequently, but if done regularly, hair will become brittle due to chemical burns. Alternatively, you can use natural hair dyes like henna. These dyes may not last long but they won’t damage your hair.

No Narrow Tooth Combs

If you have really thick and long hair, throw away those narrow tooth combs and use wide ones instead. Narrow tooth combs can cause tangles which can damage and break hair. It is also good to invest in combs or brushes that prevents tangles because hair breakage can really slow down hair growth.