No matter what your hair goals are, we can all agree that having dry, dull and brittle hair is not one of them. Of course, genetics play a part in determining the physical make-up of our hair and we’re all familiar with how much havoc the weather can wreak on our locks, especially during the autumn and winter months.
However, you might be surprised to hear that, in most cases, dry, dull and brittle hair is self-inflicted, caused by damage that takes place during your daily hair routine. Every single day, you may be doing small and seemingly insignificant things that you don’t give much thought to, but are actually weakening your hair. In the long run, this can leave your locks looking thin, tired and frizzy.
So, what kind of day-to-day things damage your hair? Here are six daily habits that can make or break your hair… literally.
Wait, washing your hair damages it? It sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? But it’s true: washing your hair too much is actually a bad thing. This is because, when hair becomes wet, the shafts swell and they become more elastic and subsequently easier to break. Even worse than over-washing is over-shampooing. It may cleanse the scalp and leave your hair feeling and smelling fresh, but excess shampooing actually strips away your hair's natural moisture -- which is key to keeping it naturally healthy -- and makes your hair dull, dry and more susceptible to damage.
Blow-drying is an amazing styling tool that, for many people (both women and men), is an essential part of their daily hair routine. However, it’s not conducive to strong, healthy hair. Unsurprisingly, heat damages hair. Blow-drying, in particular, causes a "flash drying" effect which removes the surface moisture from your hair, as well as the water that’s bound to it. Flash drying causes hair cuticles (the outermost part of the hair) to become dry, rigid and brittle. When the hair flexes, the pressure causes the cuticles to crack. If you simply can’t put down the blow-dryer, use a cooler setting, leave a safe distance between your hair and the heat, and space out the number of times you use it throughout the week.
Flat irons and curling irons are amazing for achieving certain hairstyles, but as we mentioned above, heat causes damage -- and this is especially true when it comes to ironing. Depending on whether your hair is dry or wet, ironing causes damage in different ways. Ironing dry hair causes cracking along the edges of the hair cuticles, which can lead to chipping. Ironing wet hair, on the other hand, causes bubbles to form inside your hair shaft and the moisture then bursts out in tiny steam explosions. Under a microscope, it basically looks like your hair has developed small blisters.
Brushes and combs are a staple in most peoples’ daily hair routines. Unfortunately, brushing your hair too frequently or too aggressively can cause serious wear and tear. Over-brushing produces too much consistent friction for hair to handle, leading to split ends and breakage. It’s even more important to be gentle with brushing when your hair is wet because that’s when it’s most vulnerable to damage.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all been guilty of getting it wrong when it comes to towel drying our hair. Because your hair is at its most vulnerable when it’s wet, you want to avoid vigorously rubbing it dry with a towel when you step out of the shower, otherwise you’ll cause serious frizz, friction and breakage. The type of towel you use is also crucial. Avoid harsh cotton towels and instead opt for a soft towel to gently squeeze the moisture out of your hair.
Whether you’re switching up your hair colour for the new season or hiding those grey strands, colouring your hair is, unfortunately, one of the worst things you can do to your hair. Bleaching is by far the worst offender because it raises your hair’s outer cuticle to allow the bleaching agent to fully penetrate it. While this is great for attaining colour, it causes rapid and continuous loss of moisture in your hair, making it dry and brittle. To make matters worse, the harsh chemicals also make your hair more porous and therefore more vulnerable to other hazards.
It’s difficult to completely shield your hair from damage on a day-to-day basis, but the good news is that whatever wear and tear has been inflicted upon your hair, hope is not lost. In most cases, hair damage is fully treatable and SOS Hair Care offers an effective solution.
SOS Hair Care’s Multivitamin Drink can help to restore, replenish and rejuvenate your hair while promoting the healthy growth of new hair. Available in two delicious flavours -- mojito and pink lemonade -- our unique formula combines all-natural ingredients including cactus extract, bamboo extract and horsetail plant extract into a powerful and clinically-proven hair-growth solution.
Rich with antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins, SOS Hair Care’s Multivitamin Drink can help your hair look and feel thicker, stronger and healthier. Our blend of vitamins and minerals won’t just benefit your hair, but it can improve your skin and strengthen your immune system, too. It’s also sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan-friendly.
Our hair-growth formula isn’t just marketing fluff; it’s been developed by hair experts and is backed by science. Here at SOS Hair Care, we have our own Stem Cell Scientist (the lovely Prajakta Shendge) who ensures that our formula promotes hair follicle formation and growth in a precise nature, timing and consumption in order to contribute to a healthy hair-growth cycle.
Add SOS Hair Care’s Multivitamin Drink into your daily routine and see the results for yourself!
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