Some people will wear a ponytail or braid every day. Some people will flat iron or curl damp hair before running out the door. Some people wash hair every day. However, all this will damage your hair. Fortunately, here are 7 tips to help you prevent and repair damaged hair.
1. Using too much heat
It is recommended to use curling irons and flat irons that have a heat setting option. Stop frying your hair. People with fine, thin, and fragile hair should use the lowest heat setting and hold a curl is somewhere between 5 to 10 seconds. Start by using a low temperature and less time and gradually increase if need be. If you use heat on a daily basis, the permanent hair damage can occur, for heat changes the hydrogen bonds that hold hair together.
2. Tight hairstyles
Ponytails, braids, and updos are a fun and creative way of changing up your look. However, as the constant tug and pull from your scalp, these tight hairstyles can actually be harmful to your hair. Avoid having your hair up all the time. In general, you can try embracing your natural hair down.
3. Brushing wet hair
Towel drying and brushing wet hair will damage hair. It is recommended to switch hair towel for a softer material like cloth used in a shirt. When detangling wet hair, or a wet brush, you had better use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush.
4. Curling/Straightening Wet Hair
Never straighten your wet or damp hair, for wet hair is more prone to damage than dry hair. Otherwise, the hair will become more vulnerable, which results in hair breakage. But, we have to admit that wet hair is a lot more likely to “pop” because of the water and heat coming in contact.
Do not wash hair daily. Washing hair will strip away oil buildup from your scalp. Therefore, your hair will become very dry if you wash them too often. It is recommended to wash your hair routine according to the length, thickness, and how you style your hair. Or, you can try dry shampoo.
Over-brushing causes hair to break. There will be too much friction if your hair is constantly being brushed. You can minimize how frequently you brush your hair to stop hair breakage.
7. Brushing from top to bottom
Start detangling from the bottom and gradually work your way up. In order to prevent hair breakage, you had better brush from bottom to top.