Many different things can cause hair damage, but the result is the same: embarrassment over your appearance. Here are ten common causes of hair damage, and a few ways to prevent damage to keep your hair looking healthier.
When you remove the natural pigment from your hair, you change its structure and make it more susceptible to damage, especially split ends and breakage. If you must bleach, stretch out treatments as far as possible to give hair a chance to recover.
Perming your hair breaks its natural bonds, which causes weakening and damage. Getting a perm once in a while will not necessarily damage otherwise healthy hair, but exposing your hair to chemicals several times a year can cause damage that isn't easy to repair.
3. Highlights and coloring
Adding artificial color to your hair further exposes it to chemicals. Mixing color with perms and other damaging practices or frequently touching up roots can make damage worse and cause hair to break easily or even fall out.
4. Extreme heat from styling
Using heat to style hair on a daily basis can cause damage over time, whether it's straightening with a flat iron, blow drying, or adding curl with rollers or a curling iron. Limiting heat exposure from styling to a few times a week rather than every day can keep hair more hydrated and healthy.
5. Ponytails and braids
Too-tight ponytails and braids can damage hair, especially if you put hair up the same way on a daily basis. An easy way to avoid damage from putting your hair up is to do a high ponytail one day and a low one the next rather than using the same style each time.
Brushing hair more than you need to can cause breakage, split ends or even hair loss. When hair is tangled, starting at the tips and working your way up to the roots is a healthier way to brush than going from root to tip all at once.
7. Brushing when wet
Brushing hair when it is wet can cause damage if you force the brush through tangled, wet hair. Just as when dry, starting at the tips and working up to the root is the best way to protect hair. A quality brush also helps minimize damage by being gentler on hair.
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Washing your hair too much can damage it, since what most commercial shampoos do is strip some of the natural oils from hair, making it more prone to damage. The rubbing involved in shampooing can also be damaging. Using a natural shampoo with coconut oil like Biconi's Hair Rejuvenating Solid Shampoo can help keep hair healthy and strong, since it is free from chemicals that can damage hair.
Vigorously rubbing hair to help remove water can cause breakage and even lead to hair loss. Instead, squeeze water from hair or pat hair dry, which is gentler.
10. Extensions and weaves
Like ponytails and braids, extensions and weaves can leave hair broken and brittle over time. Unlike ponytails and braids, however, damage from extensions and weaves happens at the roots, where it is harder to repair.
Virgin coconut oil is a soothing treatment for damaged hair of all kinds. It simultaneously provides hydration for dry, brittle hair, strengthens hair that may be prone to breakage, and helps to repair split ends. All of Biconi's hair care products contain virgin coconut oil, and Biconi also sells 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil for especially damaged hair.