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Five hair mistakes you need to avoid

Hair By Esther Muchene
(Image: Shutterstock)

Haircare remains one of the most important elements of beauty. The way its cut, braided or styled, gives off a certain impression to those around you.

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We all strive to have beautiful hair because it somewhat has an effect on your self-esteem. Isn’t it interesting how every time you’re done at the barber or the salon, you always leave feeling refreshed and confident? Good hair is a mood by itself.

For this or the other, good hair doesn’t just happen. Despite doing everything right, you can still find that it’s breaking rapidly and becoming brittle. There are many things that we are still learning when it comes to hair care.

The most important thing is identifying the right steps to take so that our hair can be healthy. Below are some of the tips to keep in mind on what not to do when it comes to hair care.

Washing hair too often will strip it of its natural oils (Image: Shutterstock)
  1. Over-washing

By now, you should know that you need to keep your scalp clean and build-up free. Over time, the products we use can clog the pores on our scalp and cause more damage. Although washing is an important step to hair care, it shouldn’t be done too often.

Washing it too often will strip the hair of its natural oils and protective layers. Depending on your hair type, regulate the number of times you wash in a month in order to keep it protected.

Pat-dry your hair with a soft towel or a cotton t-shirt? (Image: Shutterstock)
  1. Vigorous drying

After washing your hair, avoid drying it too vigorously. When the hair follicles are under friction, they end up breaking. Furthermore, wet hair is very delicate so gentle drying is necessary.

Pat-dry your hair with a soft towel or a cotton t-shirt. Cotton shirts are preferred because they don’t absorb too much moisture or damage the cuticles while drying your hair.

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When we are in a hurry, we end up combing our hair aggressively (Image: Shutterstock)
  1. Tight hairstyles

At different points, we have all been guilty of styling our hair too tight. Stylists and braiders might have even convinced you of tight braids in order for the style to last longer.

Many people are on the verge of traction alopecia due to these tight hairdos and updos. Honestly, it would be much better to have a hairstyle that lasts a short period of time but protects your follicles.

  1. Aggressive combing

Due to busy schedules, there is little time to be too careful with our hair. During such times, we quickly comb our hair and leave the house in a hurry without paying much attention.

The correct way to comb hair is by first running through the strands with your fingers to get rid of knots, and then gently combing from the roots to the ends. Also, you should use a wide-toothed comb because the smaller ones tend to damage and break the hair strands.

You should always use a wide-toothed comb (Image: Shutterstock)
  1. Using wrong pillowcases

We often purchase pillowcases because they probably look nice. Most of us don’t pay attention to the effects that pillowcases have on our healthy hair journey. If you want to protect your hair and sustain the progress of the journey, avoid sleeping on cotton pillowcases. They cause friction between the pillow surface and the hair follicles and cuticles, which can result in dry hair.

The best pillowcases are those that are made of satin or silk because the smooth and soft surface keeps your hair protected and helps it retain moisture. For this, it is advisable to replace cotton pillowcases with silk or satin ones in order to allow your hair to thrive.

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