A common complaint we hear from women is that their hair is not growing. Often it is growing, it is just breaking as fast as it grows. If your hair is short it should be because you chose to cut it, not because it keeps falling off! Control your hair length by eliminating these 5 mistakes from your routine.
1. You do not cover your hair at night
Many of us are guilty of this afro hair sin. Covering your hair at night can really save your mane. Cotton absorbs moisture, this is great when it comes to clothing but it is detrimental to the health of your hair, especially if you are a rough sleeper. Sleeping with a silk or satin scarf helps to maintain your hair’s moisture and well as preserve your hair from forming tangles. If you dislike hair scarves or bonnets why not opt for a silk pillowcase.
2. You wear your hair out daily
When you wear your hair down it is exposed to elements in the air, material on your clothing and other things that can cause dryness which leads to brittle hair and eventually results in breakage. Wearing your hair up in a bun or any style off your shoulders stops the friction which causes breakage.
3. You do not protective style
Similarly to the above point, a protective style is any style where the ends of your hair are tucked away. A protective style is usually effective when kept in for up to 2 weeks. When your ends are tucked away they are less likely to get dry and less likely to break. Protective style as much as possible but do not neglect your hair! Keep your hair moisturised using a good spray and oil.
4. You use too much heat
In one of our previous posts on avoiding heat damage, we mentioned high temperatures cause the hair cuticle to be raised, not only leaving the delicate cortex of the hair vulnerable to damage but also allowing moisture to escape. Heat is one of the main culprita for breakage, especially if you have tight curls, because it strips all forms of moisture from the hair. Avoid direct heat when you can and use a good heat protectant and moderate temperatures any time you reach for the blow dryer or straigteners.
5. Your shampoo is drying
Shampoos are great for removing dirt but some remove more than they are supposed to and strip the hair of all its natural moisture. As a general rule of thumb, we advise using a creamy (not clear) shampoo. Creamy shampoos tend to contain more oils and are therefore more moisturising. If you have curly hair you should scout for key terms on shampoo bottles such as ‘moisturising’, ‘replenishing’, ‘restorative’, ‘for dry, brittle hair’ and ‘ for damaged hair. Remember to immediately follow shampooing with a conditioner, deep conditioner or sealant.
We hope this article helps to strengthen your hair! What habits did you have to eliminate to boost your hair health?