Weird shit that’s totally destroying your hair
Wed, 30 November 2016 11:12AM
Fact of life – when you have great hair, all is well in the world, everything feels shiny and fabulous, and even if life throws you 400 curve balls through the day, you still maintain an inner happiness because you look like a freakin’ Victoria’s Secret angel. When your hair is being the worst? All is hell. No clothes look good. You decide your nose is lopsided. It basically puts a curse on you and your household.
Thing is, your myriad of bad hair days might have a simple solution. Yep, aside from the usual – over-processing your hair with bleach or perms, not visiting the hairdresser enough, not using heat protection – there are some more sinister, sneaky little culprits of shit hair.
Your damn handbag
If you’ve got long hair, listen up. Of all the things in the world, your stupid HANDBAG could be ruining your hair. How? Well, think about how often you end up frustrated of a morning because you whack that baby over your shoulder, only to get the ends of your hair stuck between your shoulder and the strap. That’s more than just an annoying morning ritual – it’s also giving you some major breakage. See, hair is strong for sure. But not strong enough to withstand being yanked and rubbed between a heavy leather strap and your shoulder. You’re snapping strands in half every day, and you didn’t even realise it.
Solution: Try tying your hair up during the commute to/from work, to keep that precious stuff from getting stuck in the first place. Bonus – less whiplash when you go to turn your head and find it won’t move!
Tying up your wet hair
Do you wash and go in the morning? And, to get your hair to dry sleek, do you tie it up into a bun, ponytail, or tight braid? Well, hello mistake because yup, you’re damaging it. See, wet hair is way more fragile than dry hair, so you can’t traumatise it as much without it becoming weak and prone to snapping. And why is snapping so bad? Because as much as you think split ends can be fixed by a hairdresser, if you split your ends they just keep splitting upward. And then the “healthy” bit is whatever is above the split – usually at a shortness level you’re not OK with, especially if you’re trying to get mermaid hair.
Solution: Try letting it air dry while out, or if you MUST style it, use a gentle hairtie like those curly ones, don’t tie too tightly, or wear a loose braid instead of an aggressive one.
Brushing wet hair
You thought brushing wet hair was fine, didn’t you! But you might have your wires crossed. See, hairdressers DO recommend combing conditioner through wet hair. But that’s in the shower, with the slippery conditioner IN the hair already – and you’re meant to use a wide toothed comb to minimise damage. If you’re leaving that step for after you’ve rinsed out the conditioner and towel dried, you’re much more likely to snap those strands.
Solution: Comb it in the shower with conditioner in, and leave the brushing for when it’s dry.
Tying your hair too tightly
Aggressive ponytails and buns mean zero flyaways and no pesky bits getting stuck in your lipstick on windy days – but they can really do some damage – and can even lead to hair loss. This is because your pulling the strands at the root really tightly, causing hair weakness, and over time if you wear the style often, can even pull those strands out of your scalp. Plus! Hairties themselves, when tied too tight, can break your strands at the mid-length.
Solution: Use gentler hairties, like wide fabric ones or the snagless version, and try and give the tight styles a break.
How you sleep
Ugh, so much to unpack here guys. Firstly – tying your hair up while you sleep can damage it. If you’re a fan of the messy topknot, as you move in your sleep your style will pull at your hair, leading to snaps. Try sleeping with hair out or, if it’s too long for that, a loose braid. Secondly, your damn PILLOWCASE can damage hair. Cotton, the material most people have as pillowcases, is a total moisture leecher according to xoVain. There’s a big movement toward silk pillowcases, which don’t have the moisture-absorption of cotton but the slippery-factor of silk means your hair is less likely to get all matted up while you sleep.
Solution: ask for a silk pillowcase for Chrissy.
Posted by: Melissa Mason