We’ve all done one, more, or ALL of the habits on this list. Poor hair habits are practices that hinder hair growth or harm the health of your hair. By continuing to partake in these poor habits, you can stunt your hair’s growth or cause damage that is irreversible. Examine your own treatment of your hair carefully and make sure you eliminate anything in your routine that will cause trouble down the road.
1. Over-manipulation. This can include styling too often, combing harshly and/or too frequently, or even playing in your curls too much. Over-manipulation of the hair causes the strands to lose moisture, snap, snag, and ultimately, break. As fun as it is to play with styles and with our beautiful curls, sometimes it’s best to just leave the hair alone.
2. Slacking on your night routine. Taking care of your hair at night plays as important of a role in your healthy hair regimen as your wash routine does. Sometimes you can’t find your satin scarf, don’t feel like moisturizing if your hair needs it, or can’t even find the energy to do a half-decent pineapple. It may not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to protecting your hair at night and ensuring that your hair is properly taken care of, it is. Not doing these few steps can lead to dryness and potential frustration in the morning if your style doesn’t turn out right. If you’re not careful, this can result in making yet another poor decision in order to salvage your style. So play it safe and don’t “sleep” on your night routine.
3. Tight styling. Top knots. High buns. Pulled back ponytails. All of these are protective styles, but are you doing them too tightly? Don’t sacrifice your hair’s health for the sake of a style. It’s easy to get sleek edges without tugging tightly on the hair. Tight styling will cause a huge amount of strain on that portion of your hair. And when creating knots/buns/ponytails, remember to switch it up. Wearing the same top knot everyday is sure to cause damage to the center of your hair and the edges, too, so be very careful.
4. Choosing the wrong styling tools. The kind of styling tools you use depends on you and your hair texture. Just because the Tangle Teezer or Denman brush works for one natural doesn’t mean it will work for you. Also, make sure you don’t use styling tools that are broken or damaged in any way: such as bobby pins that have lost their endings or combs or clips whose teeth have snapped. Spare your hair the heartache.
5. Not maintaining your overall health. Despite all we do on the outside to take care of our hair, we must remember that hair is also reflection of what’s happening on the inside. Our diet and stress level has a huge impact on the health of our hair. We’ve all been told a million times to eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and take multivitamins to maintain healthy hair, but don’t lose sight of these tips because they will save your hair in the long run.