It’s not just the obvious things like flat irons and bleach that can damage your hair. You might feel like you’re doing all the right things for your hair but you’re still not happy with the results.
Here are some other things you might not expect that are doing damage to your hair and making your hair harder to style. Plus we look at some things you can do to make your hair stronger again.
Maybe your hair seems dry, feels brittle or you’re finding more split ends. Even with regular haircuts, you can’t shake the feeling that something else might be up with your hair.
Here are seven things that are damaging your hair that you may not even realise, and I‘ve got some tips to help fix them too.
Yes, the same thing that cleans our hair can also damage our hair. Salt water and chlorinated water are the worst offenders. Every time you wet your hair, your colour fades and leaving your hair wet for too long causes the hair shaft to swell, which can cause splits and breakages.
Water is unavoidable, and I’ll still style my hair when wet, but it’s important that you’re not leaving your hair wet all day. This constant swelling of the hair weakens it over time.
Water is the number one reason why you can still find your hair is breaking or has split ends even if you never blowdry your hair.
It’s a myth that you should brush your hair a hundred times a day to have healthy shiny hair. It doesn’t help at all. It’s also more likely that brushing the wrong way is damaging your hair. This is called mechanical damage.
Again water can be a co-conspirator here. Your hair is more elastic when it’s wet. Brushing wet hair vigorously causes it to stretch and break more easily.
Be extra gentle when brushing your hair and it’s worth investing in a good quality brush. A trick to help remove knots is to not to try to brush from the root to the ends all in one go. Instead, start detangling at the ends of your hair, brushing small sections. Then work back up to the root to smoothly remove all the knots.
3. TWIRLING YOUR HAIR
This bad hair habit can be hard to shake. Dirt from your hands transfers across to your hair making it heavy and limp. The constant touching causes breakage as well.
4. HAIR ACCESSORIES LIKE CLEAR ELASTICS AND PRETTY HAIR PINS
Use the clear elastics in braids because they’re invisible, but they’re not the gentlest on your hair. They snag and cause breakages, especially at the ends of your hair where it’s weaker.
Pretty fashion accessories also look great, but they’re often poor quality. These sharp clips and pins can pull at your hair and cause breakages when you put them in and when you take them out.
Here’s a tip to make these bands and accessories safer to use. When you’re removing them from your hair, spritz them with the Aveda Damage Control Leave In Conditioner Spray and also spray some on the ends of your hair. The bands and clips will slide right out, plus you treat your hair at the same time. It’s a win-win.
5. YOUR HANDBAG
Wearing a shoulder bag or cross body bag you’re often catching your hair underneath the strap. That regular wear and tear on the same side of your head causes split end breakages. Eventually your hair will just snap off.
You can mitigate the damage by being careful, alternating shoulders and moving your hair out of the way.
6. YOUR PILLOW
Not putting your hair to bed properly at night is also causing damage. Switched to silk, not only is it so much smoother on your hair, it reduces frizz and stops those pillow creases forming.
7. WEARING THE SAME STYLE EVERY DAY
It may seem easier to wear the same ponytail or bun every day but it’s damaging your hair.
Tight hairstyles constrain your hair, and placing your hair band in the same place daily will cause a ring of breakage around your hair.