Damaged hair that’s falling out is often triggered by poor hair care, as well as harsh styling techniques. Here’s how and how not to treat your hair to bring it back to life.
Some hair loss is normal — humans shed an average of 100 strands of hair a day. But it’s important to know the causes of damaged hair and why it can lead to hair loss.
Here’s how not to treat your hair.
Don’t excessively wring and dry
Hair is at its most fragile when wet and must be dried gently using soft, blotting rubs instead of harsh towel rubbing.
- Detangling wet hair with a brush pulls the hair roots from the scalp, so use a wide-toothed comb instead to separate tangled strands.
- Allow the tresses to dry a little before combing.
Don’t use a hot blow dryer too often
Hair that’s regularly subjected to heat becomes thin and prone to breakage.
- The hot blasts of hair dryers also cause scalp inflammation, irritates the hair follicles and uproots hair shafts.
- Air-dry hair whenever possible, and keep hair dryers on low and at least six inches from the scalp if you do use one.
Don’t style it too often
Even simple hair styling such as bunching, braiding, pony-tailing and tight hairpins can cause damage and hair loss as they choke the scalp’s blood circulation.
- Give hair a complete rest from styling, allotting a day in the week to simply let your hair down.
Don’t overdo colouring and chemical treatments
Excessive treatments using chemical-based solutions are highly damaging to hair and may cause irreversible balding.
- Chemical build-up from colouring, curling, straightening, permanent-waving and rebonding reach tender follicles, damage old growth and stunt new hair growth.
There are things you can do to improve the condition of your hair. Here’s how you should be treating your hair.
Do use the right shampoo
Clean your hair regularly with appropriate hair products for your hair type. Hair cleansers containing dimethicone are best to reduce hair breakage.
Do treat your hair with care
- Maintain good hair grooming practices.
- Handle hair gently and avoid movements that cause scalp irritation and hair friction.
- Gently massage the scalp for good blood circulation. Use non-abrasive combs and brushes made of soft, natural materials with enough space between tips and bristles.
Do lead a healthy lifestyle
- Strengthen the immune system with a healthy diet and active lifestyle that improves overall air and blood circulation in the body, promoting strong and healthy hair.
- Balance this with enough rest and sleep to optimize the repair and growing back of healthy hair.
Practise relaxation techniques to save the head from stress-induced damage and hair loss.
- The hair is especially sensitive to the acidic environment in the body induced by toxic stress. This weakens delicate hair follicles, resulting in dull, damaged hair and hair loss.