Expert reveals the hair care mistakes you should NEVER make – so how many are you guilty of?
WE know how important it is to look after our bodies, so why aren’t we doing the same with our hair?
Experts reveal that some of our everyday activities could be have a negative impact on our hair health, including touching it too much to not washing your hairbrushes.
A study commissioned by hair supplement Vitabiotics Perfectil, found that just 14% of women are confident they know what’s good and bad for their hair.
Four in ten women admit to roughly towel-drying their hair when they get out of the shower, whilst more than a third twist or play with their locks.
Celebrity hair stylist Sarrah Hamid highlighted the unexpected things women are doing to their hair.
She says: “To many of us, our hair plays a huge part in our appearance and how confident we feel.
“But while we might think we are doing everything we can to keep our hair in great condition, there are so many things we all do every day without even realising which could be having an impact.”
So what could you be doing to your hair that might damaging its health?
Putting it up in a ponytail or bun which is too tight is also considered to be bad as it can cause tension as the hair pulls, possibly leaving bald spots after constant wear.
The study also found skipping trims is bad for your hair, as a regular cut every 6-8 weeks is good for growth.
Despite this, the average woman leaves it around 11 weeks between trips to the hairdressers.
Poor hair care could also be a result of a poor diet, as well as sitting out in the sun for too long can dry it out – as the UV light can weaken the bonds of your hair.
The research, which comprised 2,000 women, revealed 46% feel their hair is very important to their appearance, with 84% more confident when their locks look good.
More than four in 10 feel happier when their hair is in great condition while 23 per cent have a ‘bounce in their step’.
And 71 per cent admitted their hair can have a real impact on their mood.
We all want our hair to look and feel it’s best, especially now we have greater opportunity to be out and about more and socialising.
During the average 104 bad hair days the average woman will have a year, 18 per cent have worn a hat to cover it up while almost one in 10 have kept the camera turned off on video calls.
One in twenty have even been known to cancel a date or call in sick to work.
16% of the women studied even credited lockdown as they believed their hair looks better because of it.
Hair can be the key to making some women feel confident in their appearance.
A spokesman for Vitabiotics Perfectil said: “A bad hair day can have a real impact on your mood and how you feel.
“Taking great care of our hair has never been more important for our inner and outer confidence.”
Check out Vitabiotics Perfectil's quiz to see how yourlifestyle is affecting your hair.
Most common hair care mistakes
Celebrity hair stylist Sarrah Hamid points out the most common mistakes women are making with their hair. So, how many are you making?
- Towel drying roughly or excessively
Towel drying can roughen up your ends, and cause even more breakage to split ends
2. Touching/ playing with your hair too much
It creates grease, it’s a dirt transfer, it causes frizz, and can cause hair thinning.
3. Wearing hats
Excessive wear of hats is bad. Hats can be good for your hair, especially in the sun, as they protect it from direct sunlight, but constant use of hats can stop the oils in your hair, leaving your ends dry and damaged.
They can also rub and the sweat absorbed underneath the hair is not good, especially if you have extensions.
4. Tight ponytails or buns
Ponytails or buns might be easy, but when you have one, you’re pulling tension on your hair, causing stress on certain spots – especially with constant wear – which can cause balding.
If you love your hair tied back, try swapping elastic hair bands with a silk scrunchie as a kinder alternative.
5. Not washing hairbrushes
Cleaning your hairbrush is so important and just hygienic. All the breakage hair caught in your brushes can cause more damage to your split ends before you even used the brush.
6. Sunbathing/ sitting in the sun
Sun isn’t all bad for your hair, but it can dry the hair out.
UV light also breaks down the bonds of your hair, creating dull or dry looking hair.
I always recommend my clients to use oils or masks in their hair as they sunbathe, but the sun also has a lot of benefits, it can naturally lighten your hair, it helps with hair loss.
7. Home haircuts and colours
Home hair dye kits, are not designed especially for your hair, so are unlikely to come out like the colour on the box. Always ensure you patch test before using any home colour.
Some home haircuts are best avoided. Let your hair grow, you’ll appreciate the professional cut so much more. And don’t touch your fringe!
8. Having a poor diet, such as drinking more alcohol, having more junk food
Our hair is the first to suffer along with our skin. A poor diet can weaken your hair. If you’re concerned that you’re lacking certain nutrients from your diet, consider a daily supplement to support your nutritional intake.
Look for products containing biotin and zinc which contribute to the maintenance of normal hair.
9. Styling with straighteners/ curling tongs
The least amount of heat as possible is always good for the hair, allowing it to grow. Constant heat on your hair causes breakage. If you can’t stay away from heated appliances, protect your hair with a heat spray before using them.
10. Washing your hair too often
It’s never good to over wash your hair, twice a week is the best for me. Your hair will eventually clean itself, and you can train it, into holding out.
11. Skipping trims
A regular trim every 6-8 weeks is always good to avoid bad breakage and is actually good for growth.
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