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9 Daily Hair Care Routine Habits You Should Avoid

December 10, 2019

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Daily Hair CareOld habits die hard, as the saying goes. Sometimes we get stuck in doing things a certain way and we don't stop to think whether those ways are really beneficial. It happens with our diets, exercise, and even hygiene habits, so it's time to think if there is something you might be doing wrong in your daily hair care routine.

There is a good chance that small things you frequently do are actually damaging your hair rather than keeping it healthy. Let's look at the 9 daily hair care routine habits you should avoid.

Daily Hair Care Stress Woman

1. Stressing out

It has been found that stress does take a toll on your hair growth. Prolonged emotional and/or physical stress makes your body produce cortisol, a hormone that can disrupt your hair growth cycle. Many hairs at once are sent from growth phase into resting phase, and then they begin to shed. This is called telogen effluvium, and many people go through it after a stressful life event like a death or illness, but constant worriers or people with high levels of anxiety are at a greater risk of having a telogen effluvium episode. Normal hair growth is expected in about six months, but that seems a very long time and a high price to pay for constant worrying!

How to fix it:
For the sake of your mental health, physical health, and hair fullness, avoid stress. We all handle stressful situations which often cannot be removed from life, but we can choose how to respond to them. Incorporate habits to calm the mind such as meditation and breathing techniques and make room for leisure activities to give your mind and body a break, like walks in nature, exercise, or a craft.

Daily Hair Care Sleeping Woman

2. Not Sleeping or Eating Well

Sleep and diet are pillars of overall well-being, so they also reflect on the health of your hair. Sleep deprivation, a poor diet or extreme weight changes or eating disorders trigger hormonal changes that may lead to hair loss or lack of nutrients that diminish the quality of hair, making it dry, thin, and brittle.

How to fix it:
Observe your diet and habits carefully and if you notice that your hair, nails or skin are dull and dry, and this is accompanied by a few other symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, weight loss, aches, and others, get a blood test and consult your physician. You might be low on iron, zinc, vitamin B or other nutrients that help keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy. If this is the case, you can be prescribed supplements. You can also include foods that are beneficial for your hair, like protein (fish, eggs, beef), nuts, leafy greens, among others. For more information, read "7 Essential Vitamins for Thinning Hair" and "What Is Good for Hair Growth," two blog posts where you'll learn more about the benefits of supplements for your hair.

Daily Hair Care Shampoo Routine

3. Having the Wrong Shampoo Routine

If you scratch your scalp with your nails, scrub hair roughly like it's a rag cloth, apply shampoo directly on the hair, use hot water, and shampoo too often, you're doing it all wrong. Shampoo is the first step for great hair, and it can prepare it for easier styling and a healthy appearance.

How to fix it:
The first thing you need is to wet hair thoroughly. Put a moderate amount of shampoo on your palms first and then start gently rubbing on the scalp with your fingertips instead of your nails. The lather from the scalp running down the mids and lengths of your hair will be enough to clean it, so don't rub your hair roughly.

The type of shampoo you use is also extremely important in preserving your hair's health. Use a sulfate-free shampoo, which respects your hair's balance. Speaking of balance, many people disrupt their hair's by washing too much. Twice a week is enough since it allows natural oils to spread and moisturize hair. Last but not least, do not forget conditioner before you step out of the shower. Conditioner is necessary for all hair types, just make sure it is specially designed for your hair type.

Daily Hair Care Drying Routine

4. Drying Your Hair the Wrong Way

So, once you fixed your shampoo habits, you might ruin your hair when drying it. How? By rubbing like crazy with a terry cloth towel. This frays hair, causing frizz, and causes tangles and breakage.

Another even more damaging way to dry your hair is using the blow dryer while the hair is still soaking wet. Using this heat toll with soaking-wet hair just prolongs the time your hair is exposed to high temperatures and strips it from all moisture too quickly. This will leave you with dull, brittle, and super-frizzed out hair. Likewise, brushing your hair while it's still wet is another thing you should avoid since this is when hair is the most vulnerable, and your brush might cause breakage.

How to fix it:
Ditch your terry cloth towels and start using cotton towels or simply an old t-shirt. Don't rub hair! Just squeeze excess water out. You can also plop your hair with the towel/t-shirt and leave it like that for a while. Detangle hair once it's dry, or if you must brush right out of the shower, use a wide-toothed comb.

As far as blow-drying your hair is concerned, wait until your hair is at least 60% air-dried before you turn on your heat tool. Your hair will thank you.

Daily Hair Care Treatments

5. Not Using Deep Treatments

Shampoo and conditioner are not enough to upkeep hair, regardless of its type even though dry or curly hair needs more frequent treatments. Deep treatments provide the hair with nutrients and moisturizers that penetrate deeper than regular conditioners, repairing damage and keeping it from accumulating.

How to fix it:
Do not skip deep treatments. You don't have to take too long with each treatment if time is your issue. In only 15 minutes you can get the same benefits as you would with other products, you only have to choose a flash treatment such as the Detox Wrap, which moisturizes and nourishes hair as simply as slipping on a cap thermal cap and letting it act to get manageable, hydrated and beautiful hair.

Daily Hair Care Tools

6. Overusing Heat Tools

Heat tools in excess zap moisture out of hair and subject hair to high temperatures, as well as mechanical strain from pressing or pulling. This causes brittleness, dryness, and even breakage. Blow-dryers are often culprits of frizz, whereas flat irons cause breakage and change the shape of the hair progressively.

How to fix it:
Do not include heat tools in your daily styling! Embrace your natural texture and use other means to style your hair, like nourishing products and hair accessories. When you do use a heat tool, do not forget to use a heat protectant.

Daily Hair Care Cap

7. Not Protecting Your Hair from the Sun/Chlorine/Saltwater

If you do water sports or just love the beach or the pool, your hair is at risk of constant damage in the form of fading, drying, and breakage. You can get the lowdown on how hair can get damaged from these external agents in our blog post "What You Must Know to Protect Hair from Chlorine."

How to fix it:
Just like your skin, your hair needs sun protection. For chlorine and saltwater, wetting hair before swimming and wearing a swimming cap will help preserve your color and hydration.


8. Putting Your Hair through Chemical Procedures

Chemical treatments (perming, relaxing, bleaching, and coloring) change the natural structure of hair with the action of strong substances that cause deep dryness, brittleness, and extreme breakage when done in the wrong way or too often.

How to fix it:
Avoid this kind of treatment altogether and embrace your natural look. If you still want to make a radical change that needs chemical processing of the hair, always visit a professional. Forget about DIY-ing this!

Daily Hair Care Ponytail

9. Wearing Tight Hairstyles

You could lose your hair from a hairstyle! This type of hair loss, called traction alopecia, happens when the hair is constantly strained in a certain way until the follicle weakens or the shaft breaks. This is common with styles that pull at the root of the hair, like braids and ballerina buns. Metal accessories and hairpieces/wigs might also be to blame since they snag at hair.

How to fix it:
Don't use the same hairstyle for too long, change them. And make sure your hair accessories don't have metal parts or small pieces that tug at hair and cause breakage.

Fixing your habits can make a world of difference in the appearance of your hair. Accompany your new routines with a line of professional haircare products. The Cosmetic Republic USA has the best sulfate-free products to strengthen hair. Call TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form on this website to get in touch with us. Also, subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news from us right in your inbox.
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