You’d be really surprised to know some of these daily habits that are killing your hair, so you’re welcomed in advance! But first, let’s go a bit deeper on the why and how.
Today, chemical transformations and pollution aren’t the only factors damaging our locks. We have adapted many simpler and harmful habits in our day-to-day life which is thinning and destroying our hair gradually.
Being a woman at the prime age of my mid 20’s, I know how important it is for our hair to look perfect. It is our duty to take care of it and give it the best version it deserves, but as the years have passed, we’ve seen how technology and advance in chemicals can change the nature and look of our hair. I’m all for the change but obviously, I am aware of how it can damage our scalp and the texture of the hair. Not only chemicals but the pollution in the air and water we use today, which is harmful than ever.
The purpose of hair isn’t just for framing our faces. Its main function is to insulate the human body by protecting the scalp from harsh external cold air, and trapping warmth to beat the cold weather.
All in all, I’d describe hair as a protective layer and a crown that inaugurates the human structure and form above this earth. Its many varied versions, wavy to curly, thick to thin, frizzy to smooth, and many shades of colors draw the personality and identity Mother Nature chose for us.
Now, we know what heat tools and chemicals do to our hair, but are we aware of these bad habits?
Most of us use cotton pillowcases, and the facts are they damage the texture of your hair. When using such fabrics as jerseys, they caused frictions between the hair strands that lead to the formation of split ends and breakage.
Solution: Try swapping it with smoother fabrics like satin or silk. They prevent frizz and trust me you’ll wake up with smoother hair and it’s definitely worth it.
How often do we clean our hairbrushes? I’m not gonna lie here, I too seldom clean out my brushes, because we tend to forget and don’t consider it that important. But did you know that a dirty brush can become a breeding zone of bacteria? And you know that’s a no-no.
Solution: Clean out your brushes at least once a week. Use warm water and soap, soak them for a while before cleaning them out. Doing this, your hair will thank you!
I know you’re wondering how can towels be bad for your hair, right? Well, listen to this; when you dry your hair with a towel it agitates the hair cuticle. And for those with curly or wavy hair, please avoid the towel because it’s even worse in your case.
Solution: You can try using an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel, they’re more delicate.
This may come as a shock but I do think you will agree with me on this. Heavy shoulder bags, especially for those women who carry a laptop to work every day, this one is for you. The weights that pull down the hair, and the number of times your shoulder gets tangled up on the handles of the bags. This causes split ends and irritate the hair strands.
Solution: Try using a backpack if you’re carrying heavy loads to school or work. It is way more convenient and hassle-free.
Now, let’s investigate the food habits that we need to change.
We do love our extra sprinkle of salt on our plates of food. Personally, I have a bad habit of needing to add raw salt to my plate every time I eat even when it’s not at all necessary. I think we’re all aware that salt is never good for our health when consumed in excess amount. As for the hair, it is known to cause shedding of hair. It also causes the hair to have a rough texture and dehydrates them. Lack of moisture can lead to split ends and dandruff too.
Solution: Try using Himalayan pink salt. And also if your water has high salt content, try using a filter for it. You can also find these filters on Amazon, just search for “Water Softener”.
You know how after a hangover all you want is a huge glass of water, right? So that speaks for itself. Alcohol dehydrates your body and damages hair growth.
Solution: Curb your alcohol intake. Even if you consume it, try drinking water between those shots to nullify the effect of alcohol dehydrating your cells.
Consumption of Vitamin A-rich foods.
This is crucial because foods rich in Vit-A are very home-friendly and easy to cook items which can lead to excess consumption. For eaxample; eggs, cheese, fatty fishes, etc. The problem here is that it can cause hair loss.
Solution: Maintain a balanced intake of Vit-A. Study your diet properly, every bit of research will surely help you.
Again, consumption of high sugar will spike your blood sugar levels leading to loss of quality and quantity of hair.
Solution: Keep a minimum amount of sugar consumption. And try avoiding added sugar as much as possible.
Having said all of these, the research I undertook for this article is based on a wide average deduction. We all have different genes, so it may not be the same for all cases. What works for me may not work for you. These points are open to conversation and if you have any queries or other hair truths you know, you’re always welcome to share them with us via the comment section below.