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Six Bad Habits That Damage Your Natural Hair

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Six Bad Habits That Damage Your Natural Hair

 

Alright, ladies! There is a lot of information on the internet about how to grow long healthy hair. Let’s talk about what’s damaging and breaking your hair OFF! Natural hair can seem overwhelming at first, but with a few tips, you’ll know exactly what not to do with your natural hair. With your girls at The Lavish Beauty Palace, you’ll enjoy every step in your transition to healthy natural hair. Taking proper care of your natural hair is essential to yield excellent results in hair growth! These are six habits you need to break NOW that’s damaging your hair! Let’s get to it….

 

Number 1: Using Rubber Bands and Hair Ties

Yep! I said it... hair ties are damaging too! Now, I’m not saying to never tie your hair into a ponytail. But never…I mean NEVER put rubber bands in your hair! While rubber bands have a tight grip, they will snatch out a few or more strands with removal. If you apply a rubber band to your hair a couple times a day for a couple weeks or more on top of the 100 strands of hair that already naturally sheds…Not gonna be a good look huh?!?! Cotton hair ties aren’t as bad. However, don’t wear your hair in a ponytail for days on end. This will still break your hair off due to the stress applied in the area where the hair is tied. Also wearing your hair tied back tight into a bun or ponytail puts stress on your edges due to your hair being pulled back. Your hair will begin to break off in the areas where you are putting too much stress. I think we all can agree that the 100 strands of hair that shed naturally are enough!

The Fix: If you’re having a late morning and need to throw your hair up in a ponytail or bun, please use of scrunchie or cotton hair tie. At the end of the day take it down ASAP and release the stress on your hair!

Woman Holding Rubber Bands

 

Number 2: Too Tight Hairstyles

Now, I know us ladies love to hit up our favorite hair braider and get some micros, lemonade braids, Senegalese, or Individuals. Let’s be honest… a sista be needing a break from waking up and doing hair every morning. The struggle is real with this natural hair. However, braids that are too tight can break your hair off as well. Even if it’s the foundation for a sew in. If your cornrows are braided too tight, it's putting stress on your edges. Also, cornrow hairstyles that braid your baby hairs into the cornrow.  I know it looks nice and neat, but this too can damage your edges. I guarantee all of the hair that’s getting braided too tight will fall right out once it’s released.

The Fix: Make sure your hair braider is a stylist you trust and not pulling your hair so tight that your edges come out with the braid removal. If your stylist is braiding your hair too tight, it’s okay to tell them to lighten up just a little bit. Not having edges is not a good look sis!

Woman holding cell phone with medium sized purple individual braids in her hair

 

Number 3: Heat Damage

Now, I know all of us naturalistas have done this…You go to the Dominican Salon to get a blowout and when wash day finally comes your saying to yourself “Please let my curls come back”! Then you hop out the shower and look dead in the mirror…”Whew, Curls Poppin”! You know I’m not lying….LOL! Say "Heat Damage" in a room full of naturalistas and listen to everyone gasp for air! Lol! Try as much as you can to minimize the amount of heat you apply to your hair. I live for a good blow out, but only once or twice a year. Flatirons, blow dryers and hair dryers can be very damaging to relaxed or natural hair if used too often. Excessive heat can permanently break the S-S or disulfide bonds within hair strands that give hair its strength along with protein cross-links.

The Fix: As I stated before, minimize the amount of heat you put on your hair. If you can, try the stretching method with a roller set and let your hair air dry. If you must blow dry your hair, I highly recommend the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. It will dry your hair FAST, minimizing the amount of time it takes to blow dry your hair. When blow drying your hair or flat ironing, always use a heat protectant. One of my favorites is Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. If your hair is already heat damaged, do a protein treatment to help repair your hair. I highly recommend Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate & Repair Intensive Protein Treatment.

Recommended Products

Blow Dryer - https://www.dyson.com/hair-care/dyson-supersonic-overview.html

Heat Protectant - https://www.tresemme.com/us/en/products/heat-protectant-spray/thermal-creations-protective-spray-heat-tamer.html

Protein Treatment - https://www.sheamoisture.com/manuka-honey-yogurt-hydrate-repair-protein-strong-treatment-hydrate-repair2.html

Woman with a roller set in her hair

 

Number 4: Not Deep Conditioning Your Hair

During my transitioning process, I deep conditioned my hair weekly religiously. This step is so important in keeping your hair hydrated and healthy. If I couldn’t find a shower cap…Oh, I’m tying a plastic bag around my head sis for an hour! Lol…I know I’m not the only one. Missing this important step will lead to dry, brittle, breaking natural hair. Now you don’t want that. I usually apply my deep conditioner while in the shower with a wide tooth comb, combing my hair backward and detangling it. I swear by this detangling method, it just seems easier to me. By the way on wash day, dry your hair with a microfiber towel or t-shirt. It's the best way to dry natural hair without breaking your hair off!

The Fix: I highly recommend to use Cantu Shea Butter Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque once a week. Let this sit in your hair for an hour or more if you have the time. Detangle your hair and wash it out.

Recommended Products

Deep Conditioner - https://www.amazon.com/Cantu-Butter-Treatment-Masque-Ounce/dp/B008L5EDKY

 Bottles of unlabeled hair products

Number 5: Not Wearing Protective Styles

Take care of your hair and keep your hands out of your hair. Playing in your coils too much can break your hair off. Sleeping without your hair wrapped can break your hair off. So put your hair up into a protective style. Whether it's two cornrows, twist out, halo braid, wig, hair extensions, etc…protect your hair! I know it seems like a lot, but the extra time you spend putting your hair into a protective style is going to yield great results! If you neglect your hair and don’t show your hair love….it will break up with you!

The Fix: Wrap your hair with a silk or satin scarf every single night. Wear protective styles that can last a few days or a week. Your hair needs as little manipulation as possible and tender loving care.

African American woman wearing a yellow shirt holding her head with natural curly hair

 

Number 6: Not Trimming Your Ends

 

Girl…Please trim your ends! I don’t care how long that last strand is…CUT IT! It’s not about how long your hair is, but how healthy your hair is. Long hair with split ends does not look good. Split ends mean your hair is damaged and usually from heat. Hanging on to the split ends is a bad idea. The hair will continue splitting all the way up the shaft of your hair until it reaches the root. 

 

The Fix: Trim your hair every 3-4 months. Healthy hair grows longer and stronger healthier and faster. Split ends will get in the way if you hold on to them.

 African American woman wearing a yellow shirt with natural hair swinging her hair around in a circle

I promise, LOVE YOUR HAIR AND IT WILL LOVE YOU BACK!

I hope you enjoyed this read and ready to apply some of these tips to your hair care routine. I challenge you to not apply any heat to your hair for a month along with these tips. Come back and let us know your results after a month. We want to know the results! Don't forget to sign up for our Newsletter for up to date notifications about giveaways and hair care tips. 

Tell us in the comments what your tips are for stronger healthier hair? 

 

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  • Ellen : April 05, 2019

    Thank you for the tips. I am horrible at caring for my hair and is the queen of rubber bands, but I realized I was having a lot of breakage lately. I will def try these tips. They seem like they will help with my hair nightmare!

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