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3 Ways You’re Unintentionally Damaging Your Hair

For those of us who are diligent students of hair care, we are well versed in all the various rules for how to promote growth and avoid breakage (don’t use too much heat, deep condition regularly, protective style etc…).

What we often overlook are the small habits that, over time, do just as much as the well-known faux pas to sabotage our healthy hair journeys.

Here are 3 damaging hair habits you may be guilty of and suggestions on how to fix them:

1. Being Overdue for a Mani

If you’re a woman with curly, kinky, or coily hair, chances are you will use your hands a lot when styling. This means combing, parting, sectioning your hair with your fingertips. It’s happened to all of us: that moment when we’re running our fingers through a section of hair and all of a sudden we feel the dreaded snag.

When your nails have rough edges, it’s very easy for hairs to get caught repeatedly, tangle, and break off. It’s an incredibly frustrating experience that often leaves us searching frantically for a nail file before we can continue our styling routine.

 

What To Do Instead:

Before tackling your tresses, take a look at the condition of your nails. If you see jagged, uneven edges that will no doubt reak havoc on your strands, simply smooth them out with a nail file first.

 

2. Trimming with Dull Scissors

A regular trim is essential to maintaining healthy hair. As ends get damaged, not only does the damage make its way up the entire hair shaft, but the rough ends are much more prone to tangling.

As important as trimming is, when administering a self-trim, many pick up whichever pair of scissors are closest and start hacking away. The problem with this is that common scissors (e.g. kitchen shears, utility scissors) are often far too dull. Instead of cutting ends evenly, they tend to tear and shred them instead, leading to–that’s right– even more split ends.

 

What to do Instead:

It’s always best to visit a professional if you have little experience trimming your own hair. However, if you must go at it yourself, be sure to invest in a pair of proper hair shears and never use them for any other purpose. Sharpening your hair tool(s) regularly will also ensure you get a clean cut every time!

 

3. Bundling Up

A scarf is the most practical and stylish of all winter accessories, but if you’re rocking a cotton blend scarf on the daily, this may be damaging the hair on the nape of your neck. While your wrap may keep you warm, the fibers in it can damage your hair by drawing moisture out of the strands, getting caught in your hair and tugging at it, or weaken the hair from constant friction.

 

What to Do Instead:

If you can’t live without a scarf (especially in a cold climate), try switching to a silk scarf a few times a week instead. This will at least reduce the amount of contact between the rough fabrics and your hair. You could also try layering your cotton/wool scarf over top of a silk scarf for double the warmth and half the damage!

 

Although you may avoid the major hair-care sins, be sure to watch out for the little habits that cause hair damage over a long period of time.
Do you know of any other healthy hair habits we should adopt? Let us know by commenting below!

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3 Essential Products for Low-porosity Hair

Having low porosity hair can be challenging for those who also struggle with retaining moisture. Hair with low porosity has cuticles that are very compact, making it difficult for water and other hair products to penetrate the strand and provide the optimum amount of moisture.

You may have low porosity hair if you’ve noticed that water tends to bead up on your strands or if you experience dryness no matter what you do!

Fortunately there are methods that can help you retain maximum moisture. Here are three products you can use to help your low-porosity hair absorb as much moisture as possible:

Clarifying Shampoo

Product buildup on your hair will create an even greater barrier for moisture absorption. Use a clarifying shampoo to help remove the extra gunk from your strands and prepare the outer layers of your tresses to absorb and retain maximum moisture.

Light Oils

Heavy oils don’t moisturize hair strands very well (especially if they are low-porosity) simply because the molecules are just too large to actually penetrate the hair shaft. Using  lighter oils are much more effective in providing a real moisture boost.

Deep Conditioner

Regular deep conditioning treatments are a must for maintaining the moisture levels in your hair. Whether you choose to add heat to your treatments, or opt for a DIY deep-conditioning solution, you can rest assured that this essential habit is key to a healthy, moisturized mane. If it’s not a part of your current regimen, add it in ASAP!

Low porosity hair has a tougher time retaining moisture simply because of how it’s naturally structured. All this means is that if you have low-porosity hair, you have to up your moisture game to reap the maximum benefits from your hair regimen. The most important thing to remember is to love the hair that’s on your head and treat it well!

Here’s to healthy, happy, moisturized hair!
Did you try out our suggestions? Tell us how these products worked for your low-porosity hair in the comment section below!

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Easy Homemade Scalp-Cleansing Solution

The main culprits of scalp build-up are product accumulation and infrequent washing (naturals, we’re talking to you!). We often forget that our scalp is skin, the same skin that’s on your arms, legs and face. Think about it–how would your face react if you constantly lathered it with creams, oils, and cosmetics without cleansing on a regular basis? The thought is enough to make you cringe! It only makes sense that we take care of our precious scalps in the same way we would any other skin on our body. After all, healthy scalp = healthy hair!

If you’re the type that loves home hair treatments, try the recipe below. Baking soda is a simple, natural, and fool proof solution for removing product build-up that suffocates the scalp and dulls the hair. Your scalp will love you for it!

Baking Soda Scalp Cleanser

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together into a paste
  2. In the shower, smooth the mixture onto wet hair and spread through hair with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb
  3. Rinse with cool water and shampoo/condition as you normal

Did you try this out? Let us know how it worked for your hair- we’d love to hear from you!

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