When you think about damaged hair and thinning hair, you might think about over-brushing or too many heat treatments. Straighteners and curling tongs, plus being too rough with a comb or brush can all be detrimental to your scalp and hair. But, did you know that your hair could have a secret enemy in the hair care products you’re using?
That’s right. Styling products, conditioners, and even some shampoos could cause your hair to become more prone to damage. Let’s explore how.
Your hair craves moisture. 25% of each strand of hair is made of water, so any products which prevent your hair from getting moisture or strip moisture away can leave you with dry hair that is more prone to damage. Damaged hair breaks more easily during brushing or styling, leading to shedding, frizz, and hair loss. Look out for hair products that naturally moisturize the hair without leaving a heavy residue or thick film on the hair.
Your scalp produces a special oil called sebum. This oil gently spreads along each strand of hair, coating it and trapping in moisture and essential micronutrients. Some shampoos are so harsh that they strip away these natural oils, leaving your hair prone to dryness and looking dull. Over-washing of the hair can cause this too. Skipping your shampoo every other wash can help- instead just use a light, moisturizing conditioner. Alternatively, choose a gentle shampoo or other cleansing product that won’t rob your hair of its natural protection.
Other signs that your hair doesn’t have enough sebum include strands feeling coarse or rough, being difficult to style, or being unusually flyaway.
If you find white flakes on your scalp, you might assume this is dandruff. But, unless you are naturally prone to dry skin or a dry scalp, it’s much more likely to a build-up of the hair products you’re using. Mousse, conditioner, and styling products can leave behind a residue that clings to the skin and is hard to rinse off. This can cause unsightly white flakes or lumps and even block the scalp’s natural oils from reaching your hair to nourish it. You might also notice that your hair feels heavy, looks dull or lifeless and is harder to comb or brush.
Of course, there are other things you can do to protect your hair from damage. Damaged hair can be a sign of lack of sleep, poor nutrition, or even stress. Talk to a hair loss specialist at Profiles by Kristin in Syracuse, New York about the best way to care for your hair and the products that are kindest to your hair and scalp.