Beautiful and healthy hair is a goal; many of us want to achieve; however, as we’ve mentioned in previous blogs damaging your hair can be surprisingly easy. Hairstyles that are too tight, excessive heat, and of course, the overuse of certain tools can all be harmful to your hair. In this blog, we will discuss a few things to avoid that will help you minimize hair damage while styling.

Hairpins, hair ties, and hair clamps

In and of itself, styling tools such as these won’t do much damage unless they are used in excess or if they pull your hair too tight. The general rule is that you want to minimize the number of tight hairstyles you wear. If you’re using hairpins or hair ties and can feel tension on your scalp as a result, then it’s likely pulling and weakening your hair. The same goes for braids and pony tales. Hair clamps, in particular, metal ones (though this can occur with other materials like plastics if the hair is pinned between the material), can pinch the hair, which can lead to split ends and hair breakage. When possible, opt for loose hairstyles.

Brushes

It’s not bad to brush your hair; however, the practice comes with a couple of caveats in both the amount you brush your hair and whether or not your hair is wet. Brushing hair can cause friction, which can lead to split ends and hair damage. This issue is exacerbated when the hair is wet. As hair is weakest when wet, it’s important to be as careful as possible when handling it. To prevent hair damage, it is advisable that if your hair is wet and you wish to detangle it, you can finger-comb your hair or use a wide-tooth comb. Be as gentle as you can when you comb your hair and work from the ends of your hair towards the roots as you comb.

Hair irons

We know that heat damage is to be avoided, and there are heat protectants you can use to protect your hair. However, there is one thing that you should avoid when using direct heat tools, such as hair irons, and that is ironing your hair when it is wet. When you apply direct heat to your hair while it’s wet, not only do you risk the steam from the water burning your scalp, you also can essentially boil your hair, which can lead to a damaged and frizzy mess.

Like most styling tools, how you use it can be the difference between severe hair damage to little or no damage at all. It is important to take precautionary measures when styling your hair.

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