Bad Habits That Make Your Hair Thinner
Time for yet another Monday, which means time for yet another blog! Hope you wonderful ladies had an awesome weekend and really got to kick back, relax & prepare for the brand new week! Lets face it, the fact is that either you had a full and relaxing weekend therefore will thoroughly enjoy your Monday if you are refreshed and refined or well you’ve got the Monday blues! In either case I hope my Monday blog not only helps educate you in the world of beauty and fashion but I hope that it is a welcome addition to your Monday routine! Unlike most Monday’s where I give you tips and tricks, today I want to discuss a matter that actually is quite dire if you look at it. When things start to change for us anatomically whether it be our skin, hair, weight e.t.c, what we forget is that sometimes its things that we might be doing ourselves that are causing us hair or skin trouble.
One very common query that we get at our Salon and I get on my blog or Facebook page is one related to hair and hair fall or hair thinning. It is very rare that someone have a perfect head of hair from the very start! Everyday many things affect our hair, our atmosphere, the products we use or even the food we eat so today I want to discuss some habits that we develop over the years that cause the hair to thin and lose its lustre.
1. Hot Showers
Hot water can be very damaging to not only your skin but to your hair as well. It completely dehydrates the hair leaving it looking limp and dull. Taking frequent showers with hot water or washing your hair with hot water frequently will make your hair rough and brittle causing it to break or snap easily. This can be one of the major causes your hair is remaining dry and looks brittle or dead. So try avoiding too many hot showers, or make sure when you’re washing your hair you use slightly cold or if you can cold water. (Considering Pakistan’s summer this shouldn’t be a problem.)
2. Crash Diet
When you starve yourself your body goes into starvation mode, crash diets or diets that restrict your nutritional intake do that. When your body feels its starving it needs to regulate other essential functions such as helping your heart and brain function. This leads to the rest of your body systems slowing down, therefore your hair growing weak and repressing regrowth. This is why I always discourage diets but instead promote healthy eating, eat 5-6 meals a day, just make sure they aren’t packed with carbs & sugar.
3. Tight Hairstyles
Now here is one we are all guilty of, even I am. Some people even fall in to the habit of tying up their hair as soon as they get out of the shower. This is one of the worst things you can do to your full head of hair, pulling your hair back tight or tying up wet hair causes it to grow weak and then eventually break. Sporting tight buns, ponytails or braids means your pulling at your hair follicles causing them to weaken. This can lead to worse conditions such as traction alopecia which leaves your follicles permanently damaged and unable to grow hair.
4. Mishandling Wet Hair
Like I said before, when your hair is wet it is the more vulnerable to breakage. Never tie your hair up when its wet in fact try and avoid brushing or combing as much as you can. Remember to never vigorously rub your hair with a towel, its always better if you let it try on its own or just simply dab your hair with a soft towel after a shower.
5. Over Use of Hot Hair Styling Tools
Resounding back to not washing your hair with hot water, this ones avoidable whenever possible. Scorching temperature damages your follicles and the proteins that make up your hair and never would I want you to completely STOP styling your hair, but if you are in the habit of blow drying everyday multiple times a day, maybe cut that down a little bit. Remember a little prevention goes a long way.
Always keep in mind that just like everything else, it is important you give your hair a break once in a while. One day of the week, don’t wash it, don’t comb it, don’t style it – just let it be. If you follow these simple instructions you might see that in no time your hair might act a bit better than it has in a long time. I hope you found todays blog insightful and will make good use of this info. Remember if you’d like me to blog about something, simply leave me a message on my blog or drop me a message on Facebook. Till next Monday, have a fabulous week!