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5 Things You Didn’t Realize Are Damaging Your Hair

5 Things You Didn’t Realize Are Damaging Your Hair

We all know that certain things, such as high heat and rough towel drying, can damage our hair. But when you are suffering from thinning or balding hair, could there be other reasons your fragile hair is becoming damaged? We’re going to highlight five things you might not realize that are damaging your hair.

Culprit #1: Wet Hair

Wet hair is extremely weak and vulnerable. When hair strands are swollen with water, they can be easily broken and damaged. The worst thing you can do to wet hair is comb it. Wait till your hair is dry or almost dry before styling. If for some reason you have a desperate need to detangle, only use your fingers and be gentle. Sleeping with wet hair is equally damaging.

Culprit #2: Hot Showers

A hot shower can be an amazing way to wake up in the morning or decompress after a long day. However, hot showers are incredibly drying, not only for your hair but your skin as well. The hotter the water, the more oils wash away, which means your skin and hair no longer have a layer of protection. Steaming hot showers can also create dry, itching scalps. If you want to protect your locks, try to keep the temperature as cool as you can.

Culprit #3: Tight Hair Styles

Man buns, lady buns, tight ponytails, and even braids are very damaging on hair. The friction from over securing often result in broken strands. However, the real damage happens when removing the style. It is at this stage when most of the hair will fall out.

Culprit #4: Head Scratching

Aggressive itching, scratching, or pulling on hair can damage the roots and cause them to fall out. Towel drying hair too vigorously has the same effect. If you have itching problems, it most likely due to dryness. Use an anti-dandruff shampoo or a hot oil hair mask to help alleviate some of the dryness.

Culprit #5: Too Many Products

You already know that heat styling tools damage your hair. What you might not know is some styling products aren't good for hair either. Any hair product that has alcohol (like hair spray) dries your strands out. Dryness causes your hair to become weak, making it more susceptible to breaking when styling and brushing. Similarly, volumizing mousse, sprays, and gels mainly contain alcohol. Try looking for products that can give you the desired look you want without drying your hair out at the same time.

If you are ready to take back control over your thinning hair, call Nashville Hair Clinic at 615-635-0892 to speak to an expert member of staff!

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