Over the years, I’ve witnessed some of the people around me –– friends, family and acquaintances –– commit some serious hair no-no’s. I’ve done everything on this list for many years too, and I wish I would’ve realized how bad these habits were sooner. I’m telling you, your hair will be happier (and healthier) if you break these habits.
1. Shampooing everyday
I know, I know. Some people find it gross to not wash their hair on a daily basis because their hair gets “so greasy.” Well, it’s so greasy because you keep stripping your hair of it’s natural oils to the point where your hair feels like it needs to produce more. It’ll take time to get over the greasiness you’re used to experiencing after not washing your hair for a day. But trust me, washing your hair every other day or every two days is a good place to start. And for those who are wondering, “Does that mean I can’t shower every other day or every two days?” (People have asked me this). Yes, yes you can shower. If you don’t want to get your hair wet, get a shower cap or take a plastic grocery bag and put it over your head. It’s that simple.
2. Brushing or combing hair from the roots first
I literally cringe when I see people brush or comb from their roots first. And I start shaking my head when they start saying, “Ow!” and create bigger tangles and knots than what they started with. It’s much easier to start brushing or combing from the ends of your hair and working your way up. For those who have curlier hair, I suggest sectioning off your hair and then brushing or combing from the ends. Curly hair gets tangled easier than straight hair does. Sectioning your hair helps make sure you get every tangle and knot that might be hidden in your curly mane. You won’t be saying, “Ow!” or ripping out strands that could’ve stayed on your scalp anymore.
3. Using an unnecessarily high heat setting for your hair type
I knew a girl with 1c hair (a hair type that’s pretty straight, but has a bit of a wave) who would straighten her hair at 450 degrees Fahrenheit… That’s so unnecessary. I wouldn’t be surprised if the reason she kept her hair at shoulder length was because her ends needed to be cut due to all of the heat damage. You can determine what heat setting you should be using by your hair type. If your hair has slight waves, is thin or already damaged, you shouldn’t be using a heat setting over 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If your hair has medium thickness or is wavy to kind of curly, you can use heat between 300 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If your hair is unbelievably thick or in the 4 hair type category (kinky curls), your heat setting is probably going to be around or above 400 degrees Fahrenheit. For those of you under this hair type, I suggest you try to find the lowest heat setting you can use that gives you the results you’re looking for. Don’t add heat that doesn’t need to be added.
4. Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase
It’s sad to hear that the pillowcases that come as a matching set with your bedding is actually drying out your hair. Yes, those cheap cotton pillowcases that come in a variety of colors are not that great for your hair. But you know what else is cheap and is actually good for your hair? A satin pillowcase. You can find one at your local beauty supply store or even at a Meijer for only $2 to $3 dollars. Another alternative is a satin scarf to put on your hair before you go to bed. This can also be found at a local beauty supply store or a store like Walmart.
5. Pulling your hair back tightly often
Those tight, slicked back high ponytails and buns look real cute, don’t they? Well, if you do them a lot, don’t be surprised when your hairline starts receding. You heard me. Your baby hairs and edges will be no more if you do tight hairstyles seven days a week. No, I’m not telling you to stop doing them completely. I’m just saying you should let your hair down or try looser hairstyles throughout the week. The same goes for those who wear wigs and weaves. Your hair needs to breathe and be free every now and then. I suggest you break this habit before you start noticing bald patches, not after.
These habits are pretty hard to break, but I believe you can do it. For your hair’s sake, please take my suggestions under consideration. Help your hair be healthy!