It’s pretty easy to get addicted to a beauty regimen and carry on for the rest of your life, however, sometimes, not every regimen is worth your loyalty. This is because some cause more harm than good and sticking to them will only make matters worse. For example, while you make effort to grow your hair longer, did you know there’re certain activities you’re used to that are counterproductive? Yes, it really happens. Of course, you’re reading this article because you want to know how to grow your hair longer and that’s what we cover, save with a little twist.
That is to say, we’re not telling you what to do to make your hair grow longer, rather, what not to do. It is usually the things we do that damage our hair. So, don’t be shocked if you come across a thing or two you currently do that defeats the long hair purpose. Wondering how to grow longer hair? Here are 7 mistakes to stay clear.
Shampooing Your Hair Too Often
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Although shampooing is great for your hair, doing this too often is a bad idea. Excessive washing generally strips your hair of its natural oils thus, leading to dryness and breakage. To avoid damaging your hair as a result of frequent shampooing, it is advisable to just rinse your hair in warm water or better still co-wash (using conditioner as shampoo).
Brushing/Combing Your Hair While Wet
Even naturalistas make this mistake. When your hair is wet, it is most vulnerable and fragile so brushing or combing at this point will be to the detriment of your hair. It is best to comb/brush hair while damp. What’s the difference? Damp hair just has enough moisture while wet hair is dripping water.
Detangling With Brush/Comb
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Have you ever noticed that when you detangle your hair with a comb/brush you have more breakage? This is because these tools don’t do the job right. So why not do it the easy way and detangle with your fingers after applying a leave-in spray or conditioner? Your hair will thank you for it.
Not Applying Heat Protectant
Most people think heat protectants are only for kinky hair and they couldn’t be more wrong. It’s always advisable to protect your hair against heat before using heat styling tools. This way, your hair stays strong and is prone to less heat damage. As you think of how to grow your hair longer, heat protectants should be prioritized.
Brushing Your Hair The Wrong Way
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A lot of people comb their hair from the roots up, whereas the right way to comb is from the ends up towards the roots. In order words, comb from the ends gradually making your way to the roots. This way you have less breakage and also prevent tangling.
Blow-drying Wet Hair
Blow-drying hair when wet will only make your hair frizzy, so why continue? Your hair should be about 60% dry, i.e., damp, before being exposed to heat from a blow-dryer. You’re better off sitting under a dryer or letting your hair air-dry naturally.
Using Silicone-based Products
The silicone in silicone-based products coats the hair shaft making it sleek and shiny. However, in so doing, it prevents nutrients from oils and other products from penetrating the shaft and the scalp. If you ask me, it’s not worth it.
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