Do you have bad hair habits?
I am ashamed to admit it but I recently dropped the ball when it came to haircare. I took my hair for granted and neglected the good practices I’d learnt at the start and during my natural hair journey. I thought I’d share them with you to either prevent you from going down the same path or to calm your guilt knowing that it happens to us all!
Bad habit 1: Neglecting deep conditioning and treatments.
This is a big no-no! We all know that natural hair struggles to maintain moisture and that it isn’t necessarily always that easy to manage. The lack of natural oils and over-manipulation can leave our hair really dry and put it at risk of being brittle or, worse, breaking. My hair was so dry at the start of Autumn and I’d neglected to take the season change into account. I was using more heat and I wasn’t replenishing the moisture my hair was losing. Bad, I know.
How to remedy? Well, I ‘got good again’ and bought a good pre-poo from Aunt Jackie’s as well as a deep conditioner from As I Am and have, religiously, deep conditioned every two weeks. My hair has, since, thanked me and has its usual bounce and shine.
Bad habit 2: Not trimming regularly
Length over health is NEVER a good idea, even if you don’t wear your hair naturally. I’d pushed a trim (which ended up being a cut) to more than 12 weeks (please don’t shout at me!) and my hair paid the price! I had it blow dried at that appointment and all I saw were split and damaged ends. The hairdresser convinced me not to take it ALL off with the promise that I’d be back in six weeks. We’ve just entered week eight after that promise and I am yet to make that appointment. I’d love to make the excuse of time not being on my side but, honestly, I’m just too lazy and am happy as long as my mane looks good.
How to remedy? Stop this habit. Just stop. Make the appointment, Bron, and have your hair trimmed!
Bad habit 3: Forgetting to use a clarifying shampoo.
Product build-up is a reality for all naturalistas. It’s almost unavoidable and so it needs to be dealt with proactively.
How to remedy? Be sure to use a clarifying shampoo and wash your hair properly at least once a week. I do that on a Saturday and take care to co-wash at least once over the next week. If I wear my hair loose more often then I’m likely to co-wash it more, too.
Bad habit 4: Using conditioner to co-wash
I learnt this recently, that using a conditioner to ‘co-wash’ causes more damage and product buildup because conditioner has no cleansing properties. The product buildup can leave your hair looking really dull and feeling really dry.
How to remedy: Be sure to use products that are actually formulated for co-washing. Try thinking of these products as a moisturizing cleanser. While they cannot be used to clarify your hair they are formulated to cleanse without stripping your hair if necessary oils. Play around and invest in a good co-wash product. Currently, I have the Cleansing Pudding for As I Am and the TRESsemmé Botanic co-wash in my shower.
Bad habit 5: ALWAYS wearing a bun
What’s worse is when we wear the same bun, daily. I don’t like having to diffuse my hair in winter and so I end up tying my hair on most days but I have taken care not to have the same style everyday. Why? Because hair is weakened when tied in the same place on a daily basis.
How to remedy? Switch it up. Do a high bun today, plaits tomorrow and a low bun the following day. Changing styles protects our hair from weakening in specific areas; but take care not to over manipulate your hair either as that, too, can cause damage.
Are you guilty of some of these bad hair habits? And have you found the post helpful?
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