Do you feel like you are spending a considerable amount of time caring for your hair, but your hair isn’t quite reflecting that effort? Do you believe that you have checked everything on to-do-list of hair care but something is still amiss?
Most of us believe that we understand our hair well and that we are on top of the game with our washing routine. But caring for your hair is more than just washing. Even with washing, it is effective only when done right!
Here are the most common mistakes that people make with their hair care practice! Make a note, correct them and you will see a visible difference in your hair!
Using the wrong type of brush or comb is another big ‘comb-mistake’. Most use plastic or metal combs that produce static, aggravates dryness, increases snagging and pulling. The jagged imperfections will increase split ends too.
Wide-toothed comb for thick curly hair…round bristle brushes for styling…paddle brush for hair that is prone to tangling and so on. Understand which kind of brush or comb works best for you and stick to it! Longer your hair the longer should be your brush’s diameter. And it’s important that the comb has anti-static properties. When you use the wrong kind of comb, you complicate your hair woes further! Using the right comb can go a long way in avoiding hair damage.
Oiling your hair is the antidote to most of your everyday-hair problems. Be it frizzy hair, dry hair, split ends, hair colour damage…oiling as part of your hair care regimen can help you tackle them all. Oiling before wash helps in forming a protective shield around your hair. It helps in reducing the wear and tear that happens during hair wash. This protective oil shield adds shine, moisture, helps prevent split ends and breakage. Coconut oil and olive oil have the potential to reduce protein loss in both undamaged and damaged hair. But remember, ensure that the hair is not kept oiled for more than 24hrs.
After washing your hair, gently pat it dry with a towel – blot it gently from the roots to the ends. Avoid rough back-and-forth motions. This damages the hair shaft and leads to hair breakage. And leaving your hair wrapped in a wet towel for long can damage your hair follicles. You can put your hair up in a towel for a few mins and then open it up to let it air dry. It is recommended that you neither leave your hair wet nor tie it while it is still wet.
Before you heat-style your hair, you will need to blow dry it a bit. To begin with, pat-dry your wet hair with a towel. There is a right way to use the hairdryer. Never set it too hot. Dry your hair from root to end, using the flat nozzle that comes with blow dryers. This nozzle should ideally be held at a sharp angle to the hair strands. This can help close the cuticles and avoid hair damage.
Using curling irons, or hot straighteners on wet hair can burn the hair shaft and put a strain on the follicles, damaging them.
Most often you pick up products on the basis of advertisements, packaging and most of all, those that are on sale! Unfortunately, your hair wouldn’t agree with this logic for choosing hair products, be it shampoo, conditioner, hair serum or gel.
Each type of hair, each scalp condition, needs a different type of hair product, for regular use. Do read our blog on how to choose the right shampoo for yourself. This is indicative of what to look for in your hair products. When in doubt, seek the guidance of your trichologist. Using the wrong hair product can lead to severe hair damage and hair fall.
Further, each product needs you to use it right. For instance, conditioner is meant to be applied along the length of the hair strand. Not on the scalp. Hair Repair serum again is meant to be applied on the hair shaft. So, understand the purpose of a hair product, understand how it is to be used, and then use it right!
As important as it is to keep your luscious locks washed and clean, it is equally important to keep your brushes and comb clean. We recommend washing them atleast once a week and replacing them once in a while. Ignoring the cleanliness of your hair instruments can make your hair prone to itching and even scalp infections.
While these products may serve the purpose of cleaning out the dirt, it may not be something that is suitable for your hair and scalp condition! And frequently changing the products you use, can wreak havoc on your hair, leading to hair fall. If you are a frequent traveller, whether for business or pleasure, do ensure that a certain discipline is maintained for your hair care. You can read our blog on travel hair care for more tips on this front.
Many also make the mistake of masking dandruff! Patting down the scalp with gels or oil to keep the flakes down or with the intention of ‘moisturising’ the scalp will only make it worse! Most don’t understand that dandruff is not always just dry scalp. Don’t mask or self-treat your dandruff and scalp. It may not even be dandruff that you are dealing with! Not all flaky stuff on your head is dandruff! And trust us, scalp infections can be really painful if you don’t take care of scalp health and spot concerns in time! Seek professional help from a trichologist to treat it right.
We do not advocate that you never use styling equipment, but only recommend that you do so in a measured manner, with adequate protective care to your hair on the sidelines. Do read our blogs on how modern trends can be damaging to your hair and how you can stay stylish while ensuring your hair is damage-free.
Consult a professional trichologist who’ll guide you through the diet and lifestyle that is best for you, suitable hydrotherapy treatments, ensuring that you avoid concerns of hair damage and hair loss. Periodic check-ups help keep a tab on your hair’s health and well being. A single meeting with a trichologist, having a discussion on your lifestyle, hair care routine and diet, can be an eye-opener. Your hair is as you care for it!
Being confronted with a hair problem may not be a choice, but providing a permanent solution for it is indeed a choice – your choice.
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