How to Prevent Hair Damage

We all know the basics of hair care: regular washing, shampooing and using conditioners to keep it moisturized, but do you know that you can do so much more to prevent your hair form being damaged?

Here are five important tips to follow:

1. When drying your hair, wrap it in a towel after taking a shower or a bath. The recommended alternative is to let it air dry. Don’t continuously handle your hair while it’s wet as it breaks a lot easier in this state. Combing or brushing your hair while its still wet is not recommended due to how delicate and soft the strands become.

2. Speaking of brushing, keep it to a minimum. Overbrushing and combing your hair leads to split ends. If you have straight hair, let it dry a bit before combing with a wide-tooth comb. For those with curly or textured hair, use a wide-tooth comb while your hair is still damp to make it easier to comb.

3. Try to limit the use of hair dryers or curling irons. Too much heat on your hair can cause the strands to dry up and become brittle. If you do have to use a hair dryer or a curling iron, use the lowest setting as much as possible.

4. Don’t be aggressive on hair-coloring. This type of treatment can damage the cuticle and the cortex fibers of your hair. When these parts of your hair are damaged, it loses its shine and softness, leading to dry and dull looking hair. Use restorative products that will help your hair cuticle recover and also strengthen your hair overall.

5. For hair styling products, those that provide a longer hold are preferred to avoid re-application over and over. Never use them on your scalp, just on your hair as your scalp may be allergic to some of the products found in these styling products.

6. If you notice any type of hair loss that may look more than the usual shedding, seek a dermatologist for a proper evaluation and treatment.

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