Many people are unaware that certain hairstyles, or even the way they wash or treat their hair can contribute to their hair loss. That is why it is so important to practice quality hair care. Simple changes in the way you treat your hair can add longevity to your hair, as well as lead to healthier, fuller hair in general. Here are some important tips to remember when caring for your hair.
1. Don’t wash your hair vigorously. This is a common problem of those with hair loss. In our effort to maintain good hygiene, we are overzealous in cleaning our hair and scalp. Instead opt for gently massaging shampoo into the scalp. When you rinse your scalp, let the shampoo flow through the length of your hair. Avoid vigorously rubbing shampoo into your hair.
2. Don’t skip conditioner. Conditioner is an important part of nourishing the hair follicles and maintaining hydration in the hair. If you’re keeping conditioner out of your routine you may be stripping your hair of key nutrients as well as encouraging brittle hair more prone to breakage.
3. Be careful in the pool. Chemicals like chlorine in pools are very damaging to the hair. Be sure to wear a swim cap or ring hair immediately after swimming to remove as many chemicals as possible.
4. Don’t dry your hair by rubbing vigorously with a towel. This can pull at the hair and lead to more breakage. Instead, wrap your hair in a towel to absorb water and if possible let hair air dry.
5. Avoid pulling hair back tightly in ponytails, buns, or cornrows. These hairstyles while run to wear create tension at the follicle that can lead to irritation and damage. Instead, opt to wear your hair loosely pulled back, or try a hairstyle that does not put pressure at the follicles.
6. Stay away from hair extensions. This is one of the worst things a person can do to damage their hair. If you must wear hair extensions, make sure they are light so they do not pull as intensely on the hair. Avoid having extensions all the time, and be sure to maintain proper hair hygiene while wearing extensions to prevent further damage.