Despite constant good care practices, specific mistakes or actions may damage natural hair. Below are examples of some of the mistakes that might make it dry or diminish its finishes.
Bleaching the hair is potentially the most damaging practice. Only professionals should carry out the process. Bleaching raises the hairs’ outer cuticle to allow the chemical agents to fully penetrate to the scalp. Repeated bleaching processes can permanently raise the cuticle scales and allow the rapid and continuous loss of moisture. Additionally, it makes the hair dry, brittle, and inelastic, which makes it prone to breakages and split ends.
Too much heating
High and excessive heat causes damage to the hair shaft, whether relaxed or natural. Hair strands consist of bonds that give it its natural texture. However, if exposed to too much heat, they tend to break. Additionally, direct heat strips the strands of their cuticles since the hair loses protein bonds and moisture from every layer.
Using the wrong hair products
Products containing sulfate chemicals are great hair cleansers. However, they also strip its natural oils away. Therefore, it advisable to buy sulfate-free products and avoid ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate in order to keep one’s hair clean and gorgeous.
Shampooing too often
Daily shampooing can cause negative repercussions to the hair. For instance, it removes the healthy oils from the scalp and leaves the skin dry and irritated. Dermatologists recommend that people should use gentle cleansers once or twice a week. On other days, you can simply rinse your hair under warm water in order to rid your it of any dust, debris, or unwanted products.
Not shampooing often enough
Infrequent washing can be as bad as shampooing too often. The detergents in shampoo eliminate sebum, which is the waxy substance secreted by the glands of the skin. Appropriate amounts of sebum protect the hair shaft and help the strands look glossy. However, if there is a build-up, it may make the hair to stick together. It also makes it look oily. The dirt that builds around the hair causes stunted growth.
Most people prefer to aggressively brush their hair since it tends to become tangled. However, such rough processes can cause the loss of hair. As such, instead of yanking at the tangles, work through them with your fingers and utilize a wide-tooth comb. This gentle process helps to avoid hair loss.