EXPERTS SAY YOU'RE DAMAGING YOUR HAIR & SKIN IF YOU'RE MAKING ANY OF THESE UNEXPECTED MISTAKES

“EXPERTS SAY YOU’RE DAMAGING YOUR HAIR & SKIN IF YOU’RE MAKING ANY OF THESE UNEXPECTED MISTAKES,”

What are some mistakes you see clients make that accidentally damage their hair or skin?

The most common hair damaging mistakes I notice during sessions with my clients include;

Using hot styling features: hot comb, blow dyer, and curling iron

Hair contains hydrogen bonds that put it together. However, heating it destroys these bonds, possibly making it weak and dull, especially when used frequently. To prevent this damage, I recommend using;

  • Low heat settings
  • Allow time for the hair to dry by itself.
  • Reduce the heat application time.
  • Limit the frequency of use, such as, once every week.

Using hair extensions, weaves, ponytails, or braiding

The above hair beauty hacks may cause hair pulling, which increases the risk of breakage. If the hair is wet, braiding can risk sooner damage since wetness makes it weaker. On the other hand, weaves and extensions can cause breakage in the roots following excessive pressure or scalp discomfort and aching. I always insist on;

  • Lighter weaves and extensions that reduce hair pulling.
  • Wear extensions and weaves for limited periods, at most 2 months.
  • Switch styles to avoid weaves and extensions always.
  • Maintain proper scalp hygiene when wearing weaves.

Bleaching

Bleaching exposes your hair to chemicals that ruin its natural structure. It can cause weakness, breaking, and split ends with a dull look. I always advise my clients that their hair does not require these chemicals. Therefore, the less they use, the better the effect.

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

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