They say it takes 21 days to break a habit, but when it's your hair's health that's on the line, do consider making an exception. Below, we list five bad hair habits you need to drop ASAP because they're secretly giving your tresses a tough time:
Using too much shampoo.
Overwashing your locks with too much shampoo can strip your strands of the natural oils. So in order for them to stay glossy, control the amount you use (a coin-sized dollop should do) and focus most of the lather on your scalp instead of your ends. Or, you can change to a gentler or sulfate-free product. If your hair is already dry and damaged, shampoo every other day instead of daily to reduce moisture loss.
Towel-drying by rubbing.
Even if it helps dry your hair, rubbing your strands with a towel does more harm than good. That's because applying this much friction on wet hair lifts its cuticles, causing frizz, breakage, and also hair fall, which are definitely not worth the time you save.Continue reading below ↓
To cut drying time without the damage, use a soft cotton shirt instead of a towel to gently pat and squeeze your wet locks.
Brushing it while it's wet.
Wet hair is very sensitive, so you should be very careful about what you do to your locks during this state. Brushing it, for one, isn't a good idea, because the strain from pulling all the knots out puts too much strain on your fragile hair. It's also the reason why more strands tend to fall out compared to when you brush your tresses dry.Continue reading below ↓Recommended Videos
That said, if you can't wait for it to dry fully before detangling, switch to a brush with softer bristles or a wide-tooth comb.Continue reading below ↓
Wearing tight hairstyles.
Your daily hairstyling habits can be damaging as well, even when they don't require heat. Tight styles like a top knot or a sleek bun are notorious for pulling too hard on your hair follicles, and they could contribute to traction alopecia of hair thinning/loss around the area with the most strain. If you think this is happening to you, wear looser hairstyles or try to stop tying your tresses for a few weeks and see if it makes a difference.
Wrapping it in a towel.
This hair habit is best saved for photoshoots because of how much trouble it costs your strands. Just like a tight top knot, a towel wrap can cause hair loss from the way it pulls harshly at your strands. In fact, doing it repeatedly for a long period of time (say, daily for the past 10 years) might be the reason why your hairline is higher now than it was before. Doing it on wet hair is even worse since as mentioned above, damp locks are already fragile and extra prone to breakage.Continue reading below ↓
This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.