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The 4 Things You’re Doing That Are Secretly Damaging Your Hair


When you love your locks, or even when you don’t, it’s important to treat it right. Even in the course of regular haircare, there are lots of little and big ways you can end up doing damage to your hair. From misuse to overuse, good people can end up doing bad things to great hair.

So if you love your hair and want it to love you back, check out these 4 things you could be doing that are secretly damaging your hair.

1. Over-washing

One of the most common sources of accidental hair damage is over-washing. The healthiest thing for your hair is to wash it once every two to three days. Excessive washing strips your hair of the protective oils that your scalp naturally produces, and makes your hair more prone to environmental damage.

If you’re the active type who can’t wait two days between washings, don't worry. For folks who sweat a lot and need to refresh more frequently, most hair stylists suggest modifying your cleaning routine. Include products that focus on damage control and overall hair health, like Kérastase Chroma Sensitive Cleansing Balm, and L’OREAL Paris Total Repair Extreme Split Ends Fixer. Rinsing with water, and limiting your use of non-restorative products will leave your hair feeling fresh without damaging it.

2. Over-conditioning

If you do back-to-back deep conditioning treatments, moisturize super frequently, or leave your hair wet for ages, chances are you're accidentally damaging your hair.

Excessive moisture and over-conditioning throws off the protein/moisture balance that’s essential to healthy natural hair. This can happen depending on the kind of products you use. If your conditioner is all moisture and no protein, then it can cause your hair’s natural binding proteins to weaken, increasing its porosity and weakening its natural moisture retention.

All this means that when you condition, the moisture goes right in,and then right back out again without doing your hair any good on the way. That’s why over-conditioned or over-moisturized hair will often feel limp, lank, and dry, because the hair isn't retaining moisture. The key is to maintain a healthy balance of protein and moisture so you can give your hair everything that it needs. Try using protein-rich products that are also designed to moisturize naturally kinky and curly hair, like DevaCurl’s B’Leave-In Miracle Curl Plumper, for a well-balanced conditioner.

3. Wet Brushing/Dry Brushing

Some people say that wet brushing is better for your hair, but others swear against it. So what’s the truth?

Even though wet hair is more flexible than dry hair, hair gets less weaker when wet. Aggressive handling — like rough towelling or repetitive brushing — will seriously damage wet hair. Similarly, dry hair is stronger than wet hair, but because it’s less flexible, styling or detangling when dry is a recipe for snapped strands.

The secret is to moisten your hair just a little before brushing. That way, you’re getting the benefits of dry locks without losing precious flexibility, and you can say goodbye to breakage. If you're dealing with breakage woes from bad brushing, products like John Frieda Full Repair Oil Elixir, or Tresemmé Split Remedy Split End Sealing Serum, can work wonders.

4. Rough Treatment

If your hair has been treated, it’s going to be a lot more brittle than before, and that means you’ll need a whole new haircare routine.

Focus on rejuvenation. Try out nutrient-rich hydrating masks, natural oils, protective sprays, and low heat products and styling tools. Julien Farel Vitamin Restore is ideal for processed hair, and you can also use Pantene Pro-V 2-Minute Moisture Hair Masque Deep Conditioner to smooth hair out and add bounce — which is always a must when your hair has been processed.

Be good to your hair. Keep an eye out for these four secret sources of damage, and always give your hair the love it deserves.

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