Having to grow out your hair and constantly witnessing breakage is not something to be happy about. However, the good part is you’ve probably been doing something wrong all these while and it can be easily avoided and your constant hair breakage will be fixed. Most of the time retaining your hair length often requires you making some lifestyle changes to aid your hair’s health and growth.
You’re in the right place if you want to know the lifestyle changes you should make to help your hair. The following are 7 secrets to retaining your hair length
- Toxins-free products
You’ll be doing yourself and your hair a great favor by avoiding hair products that can harm not only your hair’s health but your overall health. These toxins most of the time do damage to your hair that will end up making you lose hair. Toxins like parabens, alcohol, artificial fragrance, formaldehydes, sulfates, silicones and so on. They cause damage to the hair, cause the scalp to dry out and then your hair breaks.
Purchase products free from these harmful hair ingredients to improve your hair.
- Sleep with a bonnet
If you’ve not been sleeping with a bonnet before, particularly a satin one, you should start it now. This is important especially if you have afro-textured hair or thick hair. We all know they dry out easily and wearing a bonnet can help retain the moisture in your hair and prevent your scalp from drying out. Sleeping without it can strip your hair of the oils and creams you’ve applied to it because of your constant tossing and turning while sleeping. Your cotton pillow ends up getting all the oils instead.
- Avoid stress
Stress might be inevitable in our everyday lives because of work, school and other factors. However, we should never forget to relax and unwind from time to time when we are feeling stressed. When stress levels are too much, it can cause your hair to thin. Avoiding it or reducing it will help prevent this.
- Keep it moisturized
Keeping your hair moisturized will benefit your hair and scalp. Your scalp will never dream of drying out and no hair breakage will occur. You should use products that have hydrating qualities, like hydrating shampoos and leave-in conditioners. Also, natural oils are very beneficial and can help keep all the moisture in your hair locked in.
- Healthy diet
Yes you might be eating a lot but ease out on the junks and take what your body needs and not what you want. Your diet should contain healthy nutrients for your hair, skin and body system. You should eat fruits, veggies and healthy meals generally. Nutrients like vitamins, proteins, omega 3 acids, iron, zinc are very beneficial to your hair and they can aid their growth
You can also find these nutrients in supplements.
- Reduce heat application
Tone down on the frequent heat application and save your hair the stress of breaking. You should use a heat protection spray when using heat on your hair. Excessive or frequent use of flat irons can dry out your scalp and cause hair breakage. In fact, before blow drying your hair, leave it to air dry for a while,and avoid using high heat when using your blow dryers.
- Correct styling tools
The combs and brushes you use in styling your hair matters. The way and manner you style it matters too. Never use the wrong comb for your hair texture, you can risk damaging it or making it break. If your hair texture is thick and curly, it is definitely tangle prone and a wide tooth comb should be used in this case. Also, when your hair is wet, avoid using brushes or fine-tooth comb. Your hair is vulnerable and prone to breakage when wet, so be gentle.
Your hair might just need more than 7 secrets to retain its length, so let me let you in on some few extra secrets!
- Avoid towel drying your hair. Aggressively rubbing your towel on wet hair may cause it to break. It is better to air dry your hair and if you must use a towel, wrap it around your hair instead till it dries.
- Avoid washing your hair regularly if you have dry scalp so as to not to wash off the little sebum on your scalp. Washing once in a week or once in two weeks is advisable.
- Wear protective hairstyles from time to time. They prevent your hair from being exposed to possible damage.
- Deep condition once in a week or once in two weeks. They make your hair softer and help you detangle your hair easily.
- Avoid tight hairstyles and updos. When you are wearing your protective hairstyles, ensure it is loose and not too tight. They can pull at your scalp, cause tension on them and lead to hair breakage.
- If you don’t wash your hair after sweating or after using loads of oils, gels and creams on your hair, it may lead to product build up, cause scalp irritation and hair loss.
- Lastly, as ironic as this may sound, you need to trim your hair from time to time. Trimming helps you take out split ends that could end up damaging your hair if they are left alone.
The takeaway is that you probably didn’t know you’ve been doing series of things wrong or know if they could affect your hair at all. Now that you know, it is safe to say that what you might need is to drop some habits you’re already used to and adopt these new ones and also make changes where necessary to retain your hair length.